Editorial

What the boulder issue reveals

This whole issue around boulders best signifies how lack of good regulatory mechanisms and the absence of a long-term policy is bad for both transparency and the private sector. Export of boulders and stones to Bangladesh has become big business in the last few years. The logic being that it …

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Dealing with sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is a serious issue and it must be treated as so. The recent case in CLCS where a large number of students came forward with complaints and the compulsory retirement of nine lecturers and one support staff shows the extent of the problem. The CLCS case may have …

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A relationship with a difference

An observer may wonder about what is common about a people of the great plains of India and and the high valleys and hills of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas. We are different not only in our geography but also our language, history, culture, religion, food, way of life and …

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Corruption in awarding tenders

The Nu 310 bn 12th plan has around Nu 116 bn worth of capital works to construct roads, bridges schools, hospitals etc. and all of them will be given out in the form of tenders. There are procurement rules in place in the form of thick standard bidding documents and …

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Stopping Bhutan from heading the Mass Tourism way

Darjeeling was known as the Queen of the Hills in India and was famous world over, especially in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 70’s and a lot of Bollywood movies were shot there. Bhutan was not as well known and became a late entrant in the world of tourism. With no …

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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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