Editorial

The entitlement culture

If anybody wanted to see one of the reasons for the state of our economy, the collective outrage of 417 B.Ed graduates at 182 job vacancies is a good pointer. Anywhere else in the developing work, graduates of any college would be overjoyed at the 50 percent chance of finding …

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Bhutan’s restive neighborhood

Bhutan, for quite some time has been affected by the lawlessness, political turbulence and violence in its border regions with the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. In the case of West Bengal, Bhutan has seen more than 15 recent cases of robbery of Bhutanese travelers in the Alipurduar …

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The National Day Message

Normally almost all countries celebrate their main National events in the capital, with all the top leaders being present there. However, in the case of Bhutan’s  107th National Day the saying in Thimphu was that ‘the capital had shifted east’ with His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, His …

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The Parallel government

One of the biggest headaches faced by the first democratic government under DPT in 2008 was a strong senior bureaucracy, some of whose members did not get along well with newly elected ministers. Even at the time, there was talk of the senior bureaucracy running the show the way they …

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Criminalizing defaulters

For the last few years our Financial Institutions have got away with an illegal and highly unethical practice of publishing the pictures of loan defaulters in the national media. In this light, the recent National Assembly resolution asking FIs to discontinue such a practice and seek the court’s permission for …

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Getting the basics right

One of the most key factors for any country hoping to attract serious investment or even achieve good and sustained economic growth, is a good infrastructure system. While Bhutan may be upping the ante in its drive to achieve economic self-sufficiency a lot of the targets cannot be achieved without …

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Corporate Ethics and Trust

The recent Royal Audit Authority report, which showed prominent mining companies creating subsidiary companies to transfer profits into the hands of a few big promoters, at the expense of minority shareholders is a matter of concern. This, however, is also indicative of a larger and more widespread problem of corporate …

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On the 59th Birth anniversary of a Great Monarch

As Bhutan starts preparing to commemorate and celebrate the 60th birth anniversary or Diamond jubilee of His Majesty the Fourth King in 11th December 2015, it is a time to reflect on the various facets of this extraordinary Monarch who has done so much for Bhutan and its people. The …

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Old and reliable friends

His Majesty the King in a special and extraordinary gesture broke protocol to receive the President of India at the airport. In a traditional society this step, more than anything else, shows the level of warmth and strength in the relationship between Bhutan and India. When Bhutan became a democracy …

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On the sixth Coronation anniversary

November 1st 2014 is the sixth anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty the King, and close to the eight year since His Majesty the King took over the responsibilities of the Golden Throne from His Majesty the Fourth King on 9th December 2006. In this span of eight years …

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