Editorial

Level the playing field for private media

The Department of Information and Media commissioned report on overcoming the financial crisis in the private media has hit the figurative bull’s eye, in identifying the main problem plaguing private newspapers, and it has also found the way out. The report has been drafted by a well regarded and neutral …

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A New Year Resolution

Most New Year resolutions focus on some positive change in people’s lives, and while making these resolutions most people know that such changes can happen only from within. So the question to ask is why it should be any different when it comes to the nation and our society. Granted …

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Economy on the mend

The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) announcement that rupee restrictions will be lifted from next year will be welcome news. It is one more sign that the fundamentals of Bhutan’s economy are recovering after the late 2011 to 2013 battering that the economy received, in the form of the rupee crisis …

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The honored ones

If one takes a broad sweep of those honored this year they fall into three categories of contributions in the civil service, education and health and the traditional arts. Bhutan has been growing tremendously in the last few years and experiencing unprecedented changes in its economy, society, governance etc. While …

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Regulating regional tourism

For some time now, there has been a debate on liberalizing Bhutan’s tourism tariff but most have not given enough attention to the real challenge of the rise of regional tourists. Tariff paying tourists whether they potentially just pay the USD 65 dollar tariff or continue to come as part …

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A more active Parliament

In its seventh year Bhutan’s Parliament is undergoing important changes that have, so far, escaped most observers. This political evolution is leading to a Parliament that is growing more in confidence and strength by the day. There is a noticeable improvement in the quality of discussions, and more importantly, the …

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Resolving regionalism and communalism in Bhutan

The Royal Bhutan Police recently issued a warning in response to a rising trend of regional, communal and racist jokes on certain social media platforms. The Social Media revolution in Bhutan has empowered many and has done a lot of good, but there is an increasingly worrying tendency of attacks …

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A moment for History

On 11th November, 2015, the hearts and minds of Bhutan were focused on a ceremonial stand in Changlimithang, where His Majesty the King stood with His Majesty the Fourth King. The nation witnessed the honoring of the past 34 years of a Golden era under His Majesty the Fourth King, …

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Celebrating a Golden King and a golden era

As our best and most ambitious politicians have found out in the last eight years; it is not easy to govern Bhutan. Now, minus all the development, systems and infrastructure achieved in the last five decades since 1972 and add a lot more problems and governance will seem next to …

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Much needed maternity leave

The 2013 elections saw a pledge that attracted the attention,and one would also say, the votes of many women. The pledge was to do with the current ruling’s party’s promise of a nine month flexi-time in addition to the three month maternal leave. It has been some time in the …

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