Editorial

Decongest Thimphu

The main slogan of the current government is ‘Narrowing the gap,’ and one area where the gap needs to be narrowed is in the almost out of control construction boom and rapid development in Thimphu, compared to all other parts of the country. The construction boom in Thimphu is not …

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Projects must benefit locals

The Construction of hydro projects in Bhutan is essentially a government to government business, with the main beneficiary being big Indian contractors handling all the main works. The local communities are literally left in the dust as they either see only temporary or marginal benefits, which is outweighed by the …

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From aid to trade 

Donor aid or grants have played a vital role in Bhutan’s development and modernization, in the last five decades. Donor assistance allowed Bhutan to build its first motorable roads, its first modern schools and hospitals and various other important infrastructure. The Bhutanese government and every Bhutanese appreciate the important and …

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Quality projects

Bhutan is groaning with the huge cost overruns and delays in the Punatsangchu I and II projects. It is notable that in the first project the original dam location was changed to a new one without adequate studies, ignoring even the prior warning of a weakness in the right bank. …

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Hydropower

The Hydropower Committee’s recommendation to go slow on hydro projects and approach them more strategically makes a lot of sense. For too long, the ‘10,000 MW by 2020’ slogan, led to a mindset of developing hydropower for the sake of developing hydropower, no matter what the costs and consequences. It …

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Sharing the pie

Of the current draft Nu 309 bn 12th plan Nu 193.55 bn is for current expenditure, a huge chunk of which includes the pay and allowances of civil servants. Nu 116 bn is allocate for capital expenditure to build hospitals, schools, road etc. The 2018 elections saw all four political …

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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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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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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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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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