Editorial

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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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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