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Bhutan going up in smoke

In June 2021 the National Assembly was forced to amend the Tobacco Act to allow the legal import and sale of tobacco to reduce the smuggling that was happening at the time. At the time, the main fear was that this smuggling will bring in COVID-19 since Bhutan’s strategy at …

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The Food Crisis Is Bigger Than Ukraine

CHICAGO – Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian food shipments and the potential loss of Ukrainian harvests due to disruptions from the war have dominated headlines in recent months. Between February and June, global wheat prices surged by more than 60%, fueling humanitarian concerns and warnings from international development agencies about increased food insecurity in poor African and Asian countries. But many of these headlines …

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Time to review hydro cooperation

It is good and timely that the Indian Power Secretary will be soon coming to Bhutan to review hydropower cooperation with focus on the 600 MW Kholongchu project, and the 10,000 MW by 2020 agreement. In 2006 Bhutan and India signed the ‘Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Hydropower’ …

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Why Taiwan Matters

CAMBRIDGE/CHICAGO – US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s headline-generating visit to Taipei has reminded the world how much Taiwan matters to China. But Taiwan also should matter to the democratic world. It is no secret that the Communist Party of China (CPC) is committed to unifying Taiwan (which it views as …

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India’s Approach to Development Partnership

By Ambassador Gurjit Singh In a globalising world there was an increasing shift towards development partnership. Today, when globalisation is threatened due to the pandemic and a new war in Europe, there is a greater requirement for development partnership programmes. India’s approach to development partnership was rooted in the experience …

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The City of Fines

The Thimphu Thromde has come up with a rash of heavy fines over the last two weeks for everything from parking on the footpath to the wrong colour of the roof. The fines are not the typical Nu 500 or Nu 1,000 but Nu 5,000 to Nu 50,000. These fines …

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The Coming Taiwan Crisis

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s arrival in Taiwan has incited a predictably strong response from China. Chinese warplanes have brushed up against the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese foreign ministry has warned of “serious consequences” as a result of Pelosi’s visit to …

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The Four Poisons in the Civil Service

There are four poisons or problems choking the civil service that need to be rectified by the RCSC and the reform team under it. The first problem starts at the recruitment level where the process is unscientific, outdated and unable to screen people who are fit for the job or …

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RMA and MoF

In the first meeting between the government, private sector and Financial Institutions chaired by the Prime Minister, the RMA Governor was absent though a team was there. The issues raised were mainly around the monetary measures phase four. In the second follow up meeting chaired by the Finance Minister the …

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Why Sri Lanka Imploded

HAMBURG – As Sri Lanka’s economy unravels before our eyes, one must ask how this could happen in a country that is historically known for its high standard of living and stable economy. Sri Lanka’s achievements go back decades, giving it a per capita GDP that is 70% higher than India’s, and …

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