Editorial

Being honest

Many in the public domain dismissed the controversy on the divergent views of the Agriculture Minister and the Ministry of Agriculture on the issue of the ban of import of vegetables and fruits as a ‘miscommunication.’ However, the real problem is much more serious. The problem is of the government …

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Royal Birth and Hope

The news of the Second Royal Birth could not have come at a more opportune time, when the nation was plunged in gloom and fear around the unfolding impact of COVID-19. People suddenly forgot their fears and worries and came together as one to express their happiness and wish Their …

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Staying prepared

Our only COVID-19 patient may have been airlifted out of the country on Friday, but the challenges for Bhutan will not end and may in fact get tougher. The WHO has declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic which is a recognition of the reality if its spread to over …

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COVID-19 is here

The news that a 76-year-old American tourist is Bhutan’s first COVID-19 case caused much consternation and some degree of panic. People first headed for drug stores to buy out masks and hand sanitizers and then headed for the markets to hoard up on essential supplies. Cars lined up in long …

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The People’s King

It is instructive that His Majesty The King spent his 40th Birth Anniversary praying in the Machhen Lhakhang in Punakha, and then granting Land Kidu. This shows a leader, who even on his birthday, is engaged in activities that would benefit and public and the nation. This will not come as …

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Low Value and High Volume

There is no doubt that the government must be lauded for getting the Nu 1,200 regional SDF fee through Parliament. However, in doing so it has also made some major blunders which not only dilute the High Value and Low Volume tourism policy but also potentially endanger our security. It …

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The Corona challenge

From the information available, it is now becoming clear that China may have suppressed information on the virus for up to 15 days, by which a large number of people left the affected areas of Hubei province and Wuhan city for the new year holidays for the rest of China …

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On Mines

There is much interest in the discussions in the Parliament on the Mines and Minerals Bill for the last few days. The main argument focused on ownership and obligations of the miners. The Bill is unique in that the Economic and Finance Committee held a public hearing which was broadcast …

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What the taxes mean

The government’s various tax measures, on the whole, is a movement in the right direction. The judgment on GST comes from the private sector itself which has largely welcomed the tax reform measure pending some minor issues that they want resolved. The main challenge though will come in implementation. The …

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The Five-year plan

The Prime Minister has come up with a bold new proposal to do away with the traditional five year planning system. He has two main arguments around it. The first is that by the time a new party comes to power the five-year plan is already drafted and made by …

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