Editorial

Digital schools

The Ministry of Education (MoE) will introduce ICT classes from PP onwards, and ensure an ICT enabling infrastructure is setup in all the primary schools in the country. Due to the rapid change and revolution in technology, a student or a graduate would still feel illiterate if they are not …

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Meet the Press

The advent of democracy in 2008 led to the creation or strengthening of many democratic institutions and most of these are identified in the form of Constitutional bodies or other autonomous agencies. However, other less tangible but still important institutions like the monthly ‘Meet-the-Press’ was created. Meet-the-Press was a creation …

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The people

The state owned enterprises are expected to get their salary hike proposals cleared by the cabinet within this month, following the footsteps of their cousins in the civil service. It is always amazing to see politicians and civil servants being so generous among themselves with tax-payers’ money and the resources …

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The Youth Opportunity

The government in its one-year report card has announced its major achievements for the past year and reaffirmed or laid out its path for the next four years in office. Particular focus was paid on its steps in the field of of education and health and investments into the youth …

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No bans please

The latest on the ban list seems to be a book written on Bhutan’s political process and democratic evolution by the former NC Chairperson. An extract from the book on the social media account of the former NC Chairman came in for some controversy during the 2018 elections. The interesting …

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Regional Tourism regulation

The government has come up with the much delayed and anticipated regional tourism policy and guidelines. The government here deserves kudos for not only coming up with the regulations in the first place but also recommending bold measures like number caps, SDF fee for regional tourists, environment fee for vehicles, …

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Understanding the outrage

The strong national outrage over an Indian tourist standing on a Chorten in Dochula and a Bhutanese carpenter helping him is not just a reaction to a single incident. This is in fact a national reaction to growing series of incidents of regional tourists desecrating our religious, cultural and natural …

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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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