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Changing the Mindset to Tax

Passang Tshering, the Executive Director of Bhutan Toilet Org in a vlog about unpaid dues at Palas, a canteen turned shop outside Sherubtse College, found unpaid dues of Nu 500,000 to Nu 1 million going as far back as the 1970’s and in decades after that. This included later Ministers, …

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Japan as Number Four

TOKYO – Harvard Professor Ezra Vogel’s 1979 book, Japan as Number One: Lessons for America, became an instant bestseller in Japan. The flattering title certainly helped sales, but it was the book’s central argument – that the Japanese approach to governance and business were superior to others – that really made …

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Hypothermia deaths in Thimphu and alcohol intoxication

Background and statistics A media outlet shares a report about an unnatural death in Thimphu raising public concern and debates. The probable cause of death is yet to be ascertained since it has not been unveiled by death investigators. Yet, the readers assume it to be hypothermia, prophesying the same …

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The need to really change

His Royal Highness The Gyalsey receiving blessings for the Royal Charter on the Gelephu Mindfulness City from the sacred Machen Lhakhang in Punakha is an auspicious and important step as it is seeking the most sacred of blessings to carry out profound new changes. Much has been written about what …

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The Toxic Legacy of the Green Revolution

NEW DELHI – There are more than 390,000 identified plant species in the world, but just three – rice, maize, and wheat – account for roughly 60% of the plant-based calories in our diets. The dominance of these three grains is largely the result of major technological breakthroughs, particularly the development of high-yielding varieties (HYVs) of …

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The ministerial choices

The logic behind the choice of ministers by the Prime Minister has remained a mystery until now. The PM in an interview to BBS-1 revealed the reasons behind the choices he made. The PM made it clear that factors like age, gender and regional background did not matter. It was …

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How to Democratize AI

‘PARIS – The rapid advance of artificial intelligence evokes both wonder and dread. Many regard AI as an object of marvel and awe (a Stupor Mundi, to borrow a Latin phrase), while others believe it can be a benevolent savior (a Salvator Mundi). Regardless of whether AI is seen as miraculous or …

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The VIP Culture

On Sunday evening thousands of Bhutanese headed out to offer Khadars to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and the Speaker. There were long lines everywhere with some taking 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the minister. This time could have been much faster if the late coming officials did not …

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