EDITORIAL

A second wave and what is at stake

Given our extensive measures and preparations between March 2020 and August 2020, very few Bhutanese would have though that COVID-19 would spread by local transmission in Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrupjongkhar. The detection of antibodies in the mass tests also showed that the virus had been circulating in these places. However, …

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Allow private healthcare

One of the reasons why it is so difficult to do business in Bhutan may be clear after reading the Health Policy 2011, EDP 2016 and FDI 2019 which all allow private investment in the health sector, but it has not taken off due to the MoH not drafting a …

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Elections and Freedom of Expression

The nation is eagerly anticipating the Chhoekhor-Tang by-election and so as both the DNT and DPT launched their candidates the media gave coverage, and most did some follow up stories on the two candidates. However, following that the ECB and BICMA sent out multiple notifications by email and post saying …

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A VIP project

The Multi Level Car Parks (MLCPs) has been in the news over the years with efforts by Thimphu Thromde to pedestrianize Norzin Lam to benefit it. This paper’s reporting and a recent RAA report shows the Thimphu Thromde going out of its way to financially benefit the private owners of …

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COVID Leadership

Last week we were witness to the leader of the world’s most powerful nation, and by extension the world’s most powerful man, the US President, come down with COVID-19. The US President had difficulty breathing and it was only special medical care and a cocktail of powerful and even some …

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Political Capital

Political Capital is hard earned and a political party has to be careful on how it spends it. The DNT came in with a lot of political capital as a party that was a break from the bitter DPT-PDP rivalry and as one that was different from either of them …

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A Golden Opportunity to serve

From day one of the COVID-19 crisis the nation has witnessed how His Majesty has led from the front in the fight against the pandemic. It is due to His Majesty’s leadership that Bhutan is one of the least affected countries in the world when it comes to the virus. …

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A COVID-19 Food Self Sufficiency Lesson

One major lesson from the start of COVID-19 in Bhutan from March and especially in the lockdown is that Bhutan can do a lot more to improve its food production, distribution and storage. The Agriculture Minister in a refreshing stance has admitted to the failures in the Agricultural sector on …

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Mask up and ventilate

The Health Minister said that according to technical experts the lockdown which started due to the Gelephu lady case had come at the right time as there would have been a lot of spread if it even came a week later. Bhutan was also fortunate to discover most of its …

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Community Transmission is here

The last three weeks has seen a ballooning of community transmission cases in Bhutan starting from some local transmission in the Mini Dry Port in Phuentsholing and then continuing with community transmission being discovered in Phuentsholing. The Ministry of Health’s technical experts may take time to come up with an …

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