Editorial

Public Private Partnership

The government’s expansive and detailed draft Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy is unique in that it offers a lot of opportunities for the private sector. However, the first priority of the policy, and rightly so is to provide better social infrastructure and services to the public in the face of …

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A meaty issue

After all the debates and discussion it now emerges that the government is not going to go in for a slaughterhouse. Though the government claims that there never was a plan for one, it should clearly clarify on whether this is a change in stance or there was some confusion …

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An electric decision

Every government has some idiosyncrasy or the other. The previous government had a few of them from Pedestrian day to telling the world about happiness. There is no doubt that there were deep convictions and noble intentions behind them but the Bhutanese public either did not buy it or feel …

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The many lessons of NRDCL

The spectacular failure of the Natural Resources Development and Corporation Limited’s (NRDCL) foray into the stone quarry business from 2011 onwards throws up many important lessons and issues. The first major lesson is that even well intentioned political interference in the running of a commercial company can lead to major …

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Relooking at the rural-urban migration debate

For quite some time now there has been hue and cry over the growing rural-urban migration figures in the country. Everything has been blamed from the decline of agriculture, to the breakdown of traditional village communities to even universal education. It has been assumed that it is the duty of …

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Private sector blues

There have been two things that the government has been doing enthusiastically for quite some time, and both of them are bad for the private sector. One, is that it is starting to get into an array of activities meant for the private sector, and the other is that it …

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Time for the mining sector to pay up

The mining sector’s image has taken a severe beating over the past few years on everything from violating mining rules to environmental norms. This has been made worse by the mole-hill of revenue it generates for the govern¬ment compared to its mountains of ongoing problems. With report after report exposing …

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National Security first

The government’s recent decision to cancel one highway project and put another on hold in light of security reasons puts the spotlight on the security situation along our southern borders with Assam. The nature of the security threat cannot be understated as the Indian army is carrying out large scale …

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The environment pays back

Bhutan for a long time has maintained an excellent environmental track record which has been recognized and admired worldwide. Bhutan is the only country in the world where 60 percent of its forests are protected by the Constitution. This clean and green environ-mental policy, though economi-cally tough in the short …

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The beautiful game

17th March 2015, was a historic day not only for the obvious sporting achievement but in the way it fired up and united the nation behind its national football team. One had to be there at the Changlimithang stadium to believe the incredible crowd support which would include the first …

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