OPINION

The enigmatic Bhutanese voter

An everyday Bhutanese is for the most part simple, and does not require codified language or tact to be demystified or clearly understood. That’s generally speaking, about a person’s daily routines, his or her likings and to a certain extent whether the person is a true Manchester fan or a …

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A macho upper house, not entirely a good deal

The outcomes of the recently concluded National Council (NC) elections have been a fairly sound and comforting bases for the second round ‘successfully-conducted’ by the Election Commission (ECB). It has in the process ensured general thoroughfare for the young Bhutanese Democracy, in terms of its growth and health. Still, and …

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Dangerous Expressway

For any discerning user of the Expressway these days in Thimphu one is usually greeted by the sight of school children practicing marathon along the road. What is more dangerous is that most of the practice happens in the evenings when the lighting is not good and it is not …

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RCSC adding salt to injury?

Sir, This has reference to your news article ‘RCSC says committee members stand to be terminated”, published on 13 March 2013. It is regarding the involvement of civil servants as committee members in the ongoing Gyelpozhing land allotment case. The nation knows that people involved in the Gyelpozhingzhing case are …

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MP’s Entitlement Urgency

In his inaugural address, the speaker  announced that the Parliamentary Entitlement Act would be introduced for amendment during this session. Now here, we run into trouble, both by law and by principle. Section 30 of the Parliamentary Entitlement Act states that, “A member of Parliament upon retirement on completion of his term …

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Unbalanced Coverage

I watched with interest the news coverage of the BBS on the blocking of the Bhutannomics website. Though the topic was interesting I felt the news coverage was biased in favor of the government. Both the tone and the content of the news coverage were aimed at declaring that Bhutannomics …

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Stifling Dissent

It is extremely unfortunate that Druk Net a government Internet Services Provider has blocked or disabled Bhutannomics. Going by the reluctance of Druk Net official to say who asked them to block it the guess is that it is someone senior in the government. Going by the list of people …

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Transparency

Bhutanese society is increasingly getting use to the idea of having members from the media present at important discussions. Often we hear the complaint that not enough coverage is being accorded to concerns and discussions from districts (MDA, 2010) and understandably so, news media is a very important actor in a democracy. …

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