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Bhutan is blessed

One big takeaway from the 2018 elections is that Bhutanese voters have a high level of anti-incumbency and set very high standards for our politicians. An external observer may wonder why Bhutanese voters set such high standards for their politicians, especially in a young democracy. The answer is close to …

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Why is Democracy Faltering?

NEW YORK – Jair Bolsonaro, the frontrunner for the Brazilian presidency, is a far-right, gun-loving, media-baiting hyper-nationalist. The fact that he would be right at home among many of today’s global leaders – including the leaders of some of the world’s major democracies – should worry us all. This compels …

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The priorities

The 2018 electoral process has been a hard fought one but ultimately the people have spoken and DNT is in the ruling party with 30 seats and DPT in the Opposition party with 17 seats. The new ruling party will be low on governance experience like PDP in 2013, but …

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The China Backlash

HONG KONG – On a recent official visit to China, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticized his host country’s use of major infrastructure projects – and difficult-to-repay loans – to assert its influence over smaller countries. While Mahathir’s warnings in Beijing against “a new version of colonialism” stood out for …

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DPT has upper hand in Mongar while DNT sees chance in 1 seat

As the results of the Primary Round of National Assembly Election 2018 show, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has an outright majority in the two constituencies; Dramedtse-Ngatshang and Kengkhar-Weringla, in Mongar. Even the combined votes of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party (BKP), cannot beat …

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Bhutanese politics

As 18th October approaches, it is really anyone’s game in the contest between the DNT and DPT. However, whoever wins the contest, it will be of utmost importance for both the political parties to work together to unite the nation and the people. The three NA elections so far have …

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Journalism’s Comeback

OXFORD – After years of ill health, the news industry is finally showing signs of a modest recovery. According to the Digital News Report 2018 – the most comprehensive survey of digital media consumption – subscriptions are trending up while consumer confidence has stabilized. For a much-maligned business that trades in trust, …

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The Siliguri eye opener

The case of around 600 Bhutanese youth lured into a Ponzi scheme in Siliguri disguised as an assured employment scheme is revealing, and tells us where our priorities should lie. Most of these youth, though they are educated, are from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds and are primarily from rural areas. …

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Profit Sharing Now

NEW YORK – At the British Labour Party’s annual conference in Liverpool this month, the shadow chancellor of the exchequer, John McDonnell, proposed a profit-sharing scheme that would grant workers equity in the firms where they are employed. McDonnell raised this idea in what was decidedly a political speech; and …

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A bright side to the primary results

After the 2013 general elections, there was much bitterness and anger among DPT supporters on losing. Complicated by external developments in the form of LGP and kerosene prices increases there was an almost religious belief among DPT supporters that the 2013 elections were never fair or that the whole thing …

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