Editorial

A loud and clear message behind appointments

Unknown to many, there was hectic lobbying behind the scenes by various individuals both inside and outside the government including even PDP candidates, who lost in 2013, for the post of ambassadors. However, to the surprise of many and the disappointment of a few, the final list consisted exclusively of …

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Rupee Management

In the middle of the rupee crisis in 2012, a report by BCCI raised a pertinent point of where would the rupee come from if the bulk of the convertible currency grants and soft loans for developmental works was retained as convertible currency by RMA. On hindsight the then rupee …

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No ‘middle path’ in Journalism

A media consultant during the Annual Journalism conference cited Mahayana Buddhism to put forward a ‘Middle Path’ for ‘Bhutanese journalism’ based on local values. This is a democracy, and the consultant is welcome to his point of view on the issue, however, at the same time, it also does not …

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The misinformation age

There are two things which are rapidly evolving and combining into a major problem for Bhutan’s intellectual culture. One is the lack of a reading culture in Bhutan, even at the highest levels of our society and government which regrettably has always been there. This has now been combined with …

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Another shoot and scoot by the Opposition

In the middle of the 2013 elections two candidates from the DPT party made two strange and completely untrue statements. One was that The Bhutanese is owned by then Opposition leader and now Prime Minister’s brother and the other is that The Bhutanese is the same as the Bhutanomics website. …

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Illegal immigration

The National Council’s report on ‘Foreign Workers and Illegal Immigration in the Country’ makes for some alarming reading. Though it was always known that Bhutan would need tens of thousands of foreign workers mainly in its hydro project sites, the NC report points out some of the pertinent issues surrounding …

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Checking our food

The Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to ban the import of cauliflower and beans after BAFRA found higher then permissible levels of pesticides is a welcome development for food safety. For too long vegetable and other food items suppliers from across the border have been getting away with a lot of …

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Making a habit of mistreating Journalists

In the middle of the 2013 campaign season, a senior and well respected foreign reporter and his crew from a major international Television news network had to patiently wait for hours to secure a pre-agreed interview with a senior political candidate. When the candidate finally came out the senior journalist …

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Maternity Leave and women at the workplace

The last person one would want to cite when it comes to women is Donald Trump, given his various anti-women utterances and even actions, but that also makes him the best example to cite. Unknown to many, Donald Trump built his multi-billion real estate empire on the shoulders of women …

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Drinking Water

For the past few weeks, we have been reading and viewing grim news reports on a severe water crisis affecting large parts of India. In one case trains had to be used to bring drinking water to a small city. This news should serve as a timely reminder to us …

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