Editorial

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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The laws of the land

The soundest national advice in the last few years has not come from expensive consultants or jet setting international economists, but from His Majesty the King in important fields from the economy to youth issues and beyond. Delivered in a subtle manner and gentle tone on rare national occasions, the …

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The West Bengal Potential

With less than a year left in her term before the 2016 May state assembly polls, the West Bengal Chief Minister dropped in for an impromptu five day visit to Bhutan. Given that not even a single major agreement was signed during the visit some critics in Kolkata called it …

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Private Sector 0 System1

The Bhutan Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has traditionally been seen as a preserve of the mainly big business houses representing and lobbying for their interests. So the question to ask is why the private sector should be concerned about the resignation of the BCCI President. The first reason …

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A good story about Bhutan

This newspaper, ran a story around two weeks ago on three children who were begging for food as their family was going through very difficult circumstances. The paper brought out the story to highlight the growing phenomena of urban beggars in Bhutan. We expected some reaction and then the interest …

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When rumors rule a nation

When was the last time, while browsing through your Facebook newsfeed that you came across some shocking news, which you later found out was false news? This could be about the death of an international celebrity or one asking you to click and contribute to something. The news often comes …

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