Editorial

Entitlement culture

There has been much discussion and views expressed on the outgoing cabinet handing over their duty Prado vehicles. The giving up of the duty vehicles entitlement is a recent development as the earlier culture of entitlement saw all classes of senior public servants and even corporate bosses jealously guarding and …

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Labour shortage in the private sector

As elections approach there is a growing drum beat on the issue of youth unemployment by political parties, sections of the media and ‘experts’ on social media. First off, there is no denying that Bhutan faces a youth unemployment issue as it always has been doing. The detailed Population and …

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Interim Government

On 1st August 2018, the National Assembly will formally end its term with a Tashi Moenlam and prayers, and it will witness the NA MPs symbolically handing over their blue Kabneys and Patangs. The government’s official term also ends on the same day, but unlike the MPs, the Cabinet is …

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The bypass

The biggest harbinger of development in Bhutan was the Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway which, even today, is the main commercial lifeline for Bhutan. In that sense, the Damchu-Chukha bypass inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 18th July is a major project that will save a lot of money and time and bolster …

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A review of the laws

The National Law Review Taskforce has come up with many laws that need to be done away with, harmonized, implemented with procedural change and also enacted. This taskforce got into action after His Majesty The King on 16th May 2014, in an address to the Parliament, expressed His Majesty’s concerns …

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The Unemployment debate

The disastrous Brexit vote that saw Britain exiting the European Union, was fueled due to long standing- but incorrect perceptions. One, was that Britain had no control over immigration and huge numbers were coming in, which was not true. The other was that Britain was losing more to the EU …

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The State of the Nation

The conventional political punditry these days places the current PDP government as a strong contender for the 2018 elections. This has nothing to do with the party being the incumbent government which, in fact, is a disadvantage- given the high level of anti-incumbency in Bhutanese politics. The party and its …

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The price of land

Land has always been highly priced in Thimphu, and prices seem to be now reaching record levels. On one hand, increasing land rates in Thimphu is one of the best indicators that the Bhutanese economy is doing well, as most of the buyers are from the business community. Land prices …

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Insidious Social Media

There is a global conversation going on among governments, civil society, academia, media, and ordinary people on the increasingly dark and insidious nature of social media, and its impact on real lives and real society. The conversation is both about acknowledging we all have a growing social media problem on …

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Bhutan should stand its ground on SAARC CCI

The SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) secretariat based in Pakistan and Pakistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) are clearly working in cahoots to deny Bhutan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) its rightful chance be the next SAARC CCI President. The SAARC CCI Presidency works on …

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