EDITORIAL

Setting the record straight

At a time when the need of the hour is national and societal unity in the fight against COVID-19, the last thing the people want to see is two National Newspapers having a go at each other. However, what is also equally true is that the most important asset for …

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Coordination and complacency

With a large outbreak in Thimphu and Paro it is increasingly becoming clearer by the day that coordination issues and complacency on the ground contributed to the virus spreading in the two Dzongkhags. These twin qualities have long vexed the Bhutanese bureaucracy and system, and this time it reared its …

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Bhutan’s COVID-19 numbers and a global comparison

As of 1st January 2021 Bhutan has 689 COVID-19 cases of which 240 are active cases and 449 have recovered with zero deaths so far. According to the National Statistical Bureau Bhutan’s population in 2020 is 748,931. On the global stage with around 83 million COVID-19 cases for a global …

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Complacency, winter and the COVID outbreak

One of the biggest questions with the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Thimphu, Paro and other Dzongkhags is on what would have caused it. While the exact epidemiology of the spread will be better known by the Ministry of Health’s tracing and testing teams and experts, two broad reasons immediately …

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The Time for Reform

Before the 111th National Day celebrations in Samtse in 2018 the current government had said it would listen to the address ‘line by line, word by word and also in between the lines and would follow it for the coming year.’ How the government followed through on this pledge is …

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113th National Day

Bhutan has been undergoing a strong stress test at various levels since the advent of COVID-19 in March 2020. This pandemic came not only with grave health implications, but also brought a never before seen economic impact as all activities either froze or slowed down with the tourism industry the …

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Disability: From Pity to Rights

It comes as a matter of shock and befuddlement that our Parliament since 2010 has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) placing Bhutan in an ignoble list of 10 countries not doing so. On the other side are 182 countries who have …

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Social Protection

The COVID-19 pandemic impact is widely seen as an opportunity to rebuild our economy in a new and more effective way. However, an economy is not just setting up a few factories or companies, but a really deep, effective and equitable economy is usually one of the results of long …

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The Chhoekhor-Tang message

The DNT candidate won the Chhoekhor-Tang seat by a landslide against his DPT opponent. The loss of the seat of the former Opposition Leader will come as a blow to the Opposition party especially since it was considered to be a stronghold seat since 2008. However, this result is in …

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Investing outside Bhutan

A set of old rules drafted all the way back in 1993 prohibits ordinary Bhutanese and Bhutanese companies from investing outside Bhutan. The logic at the time which still holds among some officials today is to prevent the flow of Bhutanese funds outside and also encourage people to keep their …

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