Editorial

The Hotel sign

One would imagine that with so many new buildings and ongoing constructions in Thimphu there should not be a shortage of apartments, but apparently demand still outstrips supply. The problem is that a lot of the upcoming structures are not apartments- but hotels. Surprisingly, people still want to build more …

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Keeping an eye on the economy

Bhutan has enjoyed a booming economy in the last few years evidenced in the huge construction boom in urban areas, rising land prices, record apartment prices, more car purchases -among other visible signs. Some would say that Bhutan’s economy is still at an early stage so there is still a …

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Beyond outrage

There is much outrage on a series of sexual assaults and crimes against young children and rightly so. No civilized and decent society should tolerate such crimes and we should do everything in our collective power to not only catch and punish any such culprits but also put in place …

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Inclusive health and education

The death of a baby girl in Dagana and the lack of adequate budget, facilities and teachers for special need students in Changangkha school bring to the fore the issues in our health and education system. The Prime Minister initially argued that there was no way an ambulance could save …

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Three focus areas for the government

Every elected government so far has come in promising and attempting to solve a host of issues in five years and very often, by the end of it, they make minimal impact in all the areas due to a dissipated impact. However, the results can be quite different if a …

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Regaining the lost decade for our youths

In many ways the 2008-18 was a lost decade for private sector development. The main reason is that the governments and the bureaucracy were obsessed by 10,000 MW by 2020. We were told that hydropower is the silver bullet to our economic woes. In the middle of the 2012-13 Rupee Crisis …

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Wangtse Chirphel with accountability

One of the most important developments in the 12th plan is the large scale decentralization of budget and authority to the local governments in 205 Gewogs and 20 Dzongkhags across the country. The concept of Wangtse Chirphel or decentralization is an important one in the evolution of Bhutanese democracy. There …

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Bhutan’s tech march

In 2018 Bhutan launched its first satellite into space. The satellite program did not happen overnight but was the culmination of at least two years of preparation in training the four Bhutanese space engineers, building and launching the CubeSat and building a ground station as part of a project envisioned …

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The DG

The Japan LEP case has seen the arrest of the two BEO agents based on a police complaint by the parents after the government washed its hands of the case. Earlier, the government had given a virtual clean chit to the Labour DG who supervised the whole program despite an …

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Neither learning nor earning

A bird’s eye view of the ‘Learn and Earn’ program in Japan now shows that most of the 700 Bhutanese students never had a chance. The program which was first started by Japan in 2008 was meant to get foreign students to learn the Japanese language in two years and …

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