Editorial

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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The politics of the Rising East issue

The new debate on the Rising East program of the government is more complicated than what it appears to be. All socio-economic data and indicators have always shown that Eastern Bhutan is broadly the poorest and least developed region of Bhutan, sharing similar features and problems. The poverty and problems …

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The triumph of a Leader

The special 36th birthday of our Monarch on 21st February which is also in the same month as the birth of The Gyalsey is also a time to reflect on better understanding the success of His Majesty the King’s reign in the face of rapidly changing circumstances. Each of our …

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A new member joins the Bhutanese family

A foreigner going through Bhutan’s generally unpredictable social media scene in the last few days could be forgiven for thinking that a son has been born into almost all Bhutanese homes.  The outpouring of happiness was strong and spontaneous across all sections of society. There was a strong sense of …

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Tackling H Pylori

Whenever, any Bhutanese has stomach ulcer, a finger is easily pointed at the higher than average consumption of Bhutanese chilli. However, increasing medical data and research is pointing a finger mainly at the H Pylori bacteria which as per a 2012 research afflicts a staggering 86 percent of Bhutanese people. …

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Time for action on Bhutan Lottery

An investigation by this paper has found that 17 Indian lottery companies have been falsely representing themselves as official ‘Bhutan Lottery’ agents of the Bhutan government from 2011 onwards. As a result they have been making billions in revenue selling unauthorized ‘Bhutan Lottery’ tickets in the name of Bhutan. The …

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