Editorial

Are Bhutanese lives cheap?

The BEO or Japan case has mainly been discussed in terms of contractual obligations and their violations, and the financial implications. However, the human toll brought out by students and parents in this paper, last week, gave pause for thought. Two dead, one in coma, 30 plus with Tuberculosis, two …

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Pay hike and public service

Nothing will get a civil servant as worked up as a pay commission report. With their dominance of the social media and their consumption of the media, their voices will be heard, loud and clear. Back this up with the fact that they form a sizeable and influential voting block, …

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Vanishing residential areas

The Thimphu Structure Plan has clearly outlined residential areas where apart from some small shops, not much commercial activity is allowed. However, the Thimphu Thromde, since 2016, decided to allow a great degree and level of commercial activity in these areas- including buildings hotels and service apartments for tourists, by …

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Hotel woes and the economy

If there is one sector of the economy to be concerned about right now, then it is the Hotel sector. This paper has done a series of stories showing the major issues in the sector already. In 2013 the tourism loans, which were mainly hotel loans, was only the fifth …

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Being honest with the nation

Two major mistruths of the government have been discovered in the past one week and both of them portray the government in poor light. The first was the claim that the government had achieved or partly achieved most of its pledges. However, a closer look by the paper showed that, …

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The good fight

There are many ways in which we can love and care for our country, society and people. One important way is in fighting for your rights and fighting injustice. Now some may wonder how this is related or if it is even advisable. In fact this is one of the …

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Tourism and hotels

One of the main pleas coming out of the tourism conference is from the hotel industry asking the TCB to do away with soft regulations to control the large numbers of regional tourists coming to Bhutan. They say that this does not allow them to fill their hotel rooms and …

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Sharing the mineral wealth

The upcoming Mining Bill will not just be any ordinary bill, but it will dictate the future of mining sector by focusing on mine ownership, allocation of mines, regulation of mines, levies and tax systems, community benefit sharing, environmental impact mitigation and more. However, the most important decision for the …

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Performance linked pay

The Prime Minister has revealed that the government has asked the 4th Pay Commission to come up with a performance based pay hike system where pay will be determined by performance. This move, if well planned and implemented, can be revolutionary in terms of reforming the civil service. It has …

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