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Freedom of Speech

The Penjore Penjore defamation case is not just about Penjore or the OAG but it has much wider ramifications for the freedom of speech and freedom of media enshrined in the Constitution. What is most troubling about the case is that the legal arm of the government in the form …

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The Post-Pandemic Whiplash Awaiting the World’s Poor

THACA – The world is currently transfixed by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through many regions, especially Asia, Africa, and South America. But, focused as we are on the public-health crisis, we risk overlooking pandemic-related economic problems that could plague developing countries long after the wave has …

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The B.1.617 variant challenge

Neighboring India saw a dramatic fall in cases after the first wave until it got hit by a massive second wave led by a new India origin variant called B.1.617. This variant is the predominant variant in India and is thought to be behind the surge in cases. It has …

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Ten scientific reasons in support of airborne transmission of COVID-19

Ten streams of evidence collectively support the hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted primarily by the airborne route. First, superspreading events account for substantial SARS-CoV-2 transmission; indeed, such events may be the pandemic’s primary drivers.  Detailed analyses of human behaviours and interactions, room sizes, ventilation, and other variables in choir concerts, …

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The OAG Island

In 2010 the OAG engaged in a furious battle with the Anti Corruption Commission to not prosecute those accused in the Gyelpozhing Land allotment case. It later lost the case and a lot of its credibility with it. This was soon followed by the Trongsa land case where the OAG …

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The lessons for Bhutan from India’s COVID-19 crisis

India averted major deaths or health system burdening in the 2020 wave of COVID-19. But today, and as per official records, India clocks more than 4,000 deaths and 4,00,000 new infections every day due to COVID-19.  The unfolding humanitarian crisis has brought India to its knees. Modelling by the Institute …

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The Economic Impact of COVID

The Prime Minister recently said that the COVID-19 has not had much of an impact on the everyday economic lives of Bhutanese as they still carry on with their lives. He said the falling GDP rates are more to do with the big business houses that are in trouble. This …

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Next Steps for a People’s Vaccine

NEW DELHI – The Biden administration’s decision to stop opposing a proposed COVID-19 waiver of certain intellectual-property rights under World Trade Organization rules is a welcome move. The US Trade Representative acknowledges that “the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures.” While affirming that it “believes strongly in intellectual property protections,” …

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The crucial few months

Complacency and COVID fatigue seems to be setting in as people abandon COVID-19 protocols and increasingly flout the very conditions laid down after the second lockdown. Archery played a major role in the spread of the virus during the second outbreak and so the government limited it to only 10 …

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Biden’s First Hundred Days

WASHINGTON, DC – Joe Biden has been president of the United States for one hundred days, less than 7% of the time he was elected to serve. Still, it is not too soon to draw some tentative conclusions about the nature of his presidency. Biden’s principal accomplishment to date is …

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