Editorial

Overseas employment case

The ACC’s investigation report into the overseas employment case in India and Japan makes for some very sad reading. The former Labour Minister and current Director General taking financial favors from the Indian overseas agent stinks to the high heavens and is a damning indictment of the Labour Ministry. It …

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Growing importance of National Day

It is no coincidence that this year’s National Day celebrations were the grandest ever as our National Day celebrations will only become more and more significant. Bhutan’s National Day celebrations are becoming more important in the National calendar and while each National Day stay’s true to its main purpose they …

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111th National Day

Even the most causal observer would note that Bhutan’s National Day is gathering only more importance and value with each year. It is not just a one-day celebration of Bhutan’s sovereign and united nationhood achieved under our Kings, but the one day has an important reverberation well beyond the event. …

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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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