Editorial

Bhutan’s salvation lies in education

On many counts, the United States of America is quite similar to other developed and even developing countries with its industries, trading businesses, agriculture, shopping malls, hotels, tourism, transport etc. It is in fact falling behind in some aspects. Bangkok and Shanghai have swankier malls while Dubai and other places …

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Why the US Presidential race matters to Bhutan

Many in Bhutan are closely following the current US Presidential elections race, especially given its colourful and fun nature made even more interesting this year by the Republican frontrunner. It has become almost addictive like a morning cup of tea or coffee or a soap drama of insults, intrigue, talking …

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At the very heart of Bhutan

The Pungthang Dewachen Phodrang or The Punakha Dzong is the best representation and symbol of Bhutanese civilization and the Bhutanese state. It carries religious and cultural significance with various relics like Rangjung Kharsapani, including relics associated with Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel. Reflecting its broad character the Dzong also houses relics associated …

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A special day

The Zhabdrung Kuchoe this year will be special for two main reasons. The first is that it marks the 400th year of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel’s arrival in Bhutan, and the other special reason is the naming ceremony of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey. The Bhutan of today, from its sovereign …

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A Royal visit

The coming week will see a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge otherwise popularly known as ‘Prince William and Kate.’ There is a lot of international media interest in the visit given the unique characteristics of both the Royal couples. His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the …

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Changes at the top

Cabinet reshuffles are considered the norm in many democracies around the world and one good example is in the world’s largest democracy next door where cabinet reshuffles are the norm. However, this was almost unthinkable in Bhutan until the former Foreign Minister gave way more than a year ago. There …

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Watch the children

In a development that should catch the eyes of any concerned parent or teacher, a school student in Thimphu assaulted his teacher viciously for only being asked to behave himself. There are increasing reports of increasingly rotten behavior from kids that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago. Bhutan’s …

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Tough laws and its consequences

It is said that the best of intentions combined with the wrong means can lead to the worst outcomes. In Bhutan’s case, this saying would be applicable to how we come up with laws, even in this day and age, to deal with a host of issues. The most infamous …

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A mid-term review for the ruling and opposition parties

The current government is well into the middle of its term and so it is taking stock through its midterm review of government ministries, agencies and the Dzongkhags. This is an important exercise that brings about a certain degree of accountability in the system and also allows the government to …

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India should support Bhutan-Bangladesh hydro deal

On 11th July 2013, an article by a respected investigative journalist in The Indian Express newspaper, said that given the state of diplomatic ties India would not stop at just withdrawing kerosene and LPG subsidies. It quoted internal Ministry of External Affairs notes that proposed slowing down 10th plan funding …

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