Editorial

An old friend

The Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina Wazed will be coming on a three day state visit to Bhutan. While the visit will be a warm and important one built on decades of close friendship between the two countries, the latest visit is also in the backdrop of evolving ties between …

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Social Media and Media

There can be no doubt that the Social Media is largely a force for good, and it has empowered many voiceless people. It has granted the power of the media to individual citizens, who can use their social media accounts as their own newspapers or channels to highlight issues and …

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Fake Education

Thimphu just saw the recent conclusion of the annual ‘Education Fair’ where Colleges and Institutes, mostly from India, come to attract Bhutanese students. Like the trade fairs organized on the same space, there are all kinds of characters including some downright dubious and shady ones taking part. There are already …

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ICM Bill and Social Media

The Legislative Committee of the National Assembly, which is working on the Information Communication and Media (ICM) Bill is looking at adding social media provisions in it. Currently, the Ministry of Information and Communication has a broad and largely vague social media policy, which is mainly directed at civil servants. …

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Accountability in the Judiciary

There can be no arguments that the image of the judiciary has taken a battering in the last few months, but what made the recent events worse for the judiciary was the collective baggage of the past. In this context the Supreme Court’s draft Judicial Accountability Guidelines which sets up …

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No connection

Last week, on Friday evening, Tashi Cell internet users across the country were left without internet for close to five hours. A malware is the supposed cause, though one worries about a national internet service that can be shut down by a malware attack. Bhutan Telecom is no better and …

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Hydro delays

The old proverb – ‘A stitch in time saves nine,’ is what Bhutan’s hydropower sector has ignored for a while, especially in the construction of the vital Punatsangchu I and II projects. In the early days of P I when the PHPA proposed a change in the dam location for …

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Social media revolutionaries 

The past few weeks has witnessed some of the most disgusting and distressing behavior on the social media, where all boundaries of decency and good sense have been crossed. Bhutanese have been hacking and chopping away at each other using their phones and keyboards, and in the process even harming …

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Powerless Diplomacy

When Prime Minister Modi first came into office, he made his first international visit to Bhutan which was soon followed by a visit to Nepal. This was accompanied with a warming of ties with Bangladesh. The result of such diplomatic efforts resulted in more understanding between the four countries within …

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The impact of the Ap Sp Vs Dr Shacha case

The legal battle and its outcome in the last few months between Ap Sonam Phuntsho and Dr Shacha and her mother Tandin Bidha over a disputed Nu 18 mn amount has lead to much debate and discussion. The case first came to the public domain through a social media post …

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