Editorial

Opening loans is a good idea

The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) initiative towards a possible opening of home, car and consumer loans is welcome initiative. Their first step of consulting mem¬bers of the public on the draft guide-lines and measures is also a welcome step as it allows the public to share their thoughts, and it …

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Keeping an eye on the ball

The emergence of the rupee crisis and the consequent credit crunch from 2012 onwards highlighted the biggest and most immediate challenge facing Bhutan – its economy. The main agenda of the 2013 elections was the state of the economy and the party that came into power, PDP, promised to take …

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Strengthening Bhutan’s democratic culture

The generous entitlements and hikes that Parliamentarians heaped on themselves have provoked much discussion and debate in various forums. One of the main discussion points is the apparent frustration felt by voters – who feel that their role in the democratic process is relevant only once every five years when …

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Taxing times

Much has been said about the civil service pay hike which included the huge pay hike for politicians. There has been understandable public outrage given the potent symbolism of such a move in the economically tough times made worse by a complicated hike that many still don’t understand. The only …

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Why Modi is welcome in Bhutan

When the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s airplane lands in Paro on Sunday, the new Indian Prime Minister will be stepping on the soil of the only country in the SAARC region that does not hold any anti-India politics and where there is the genuine warmth towards India from both …

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The government must do better

The pay hike controversy centering on the large hike for ministers and entitlements for MPs is only the latest in a series of avoidable issues and headaches dogging the new government. There have been others, like the legality of BOIC, unsatisfactory communication on Education City, rejection of RTI by the …

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A cozy but bloated club

There is no other topic in Bhutan that provokes as heated a discussion and passionate feelings than the pay hike for government employees. The arguments are usually over the high and low percentages and who is getting how much and why, but very few question the legitimacy or the impact …

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Bhutan’s take away from the Indian Election results

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has secured the biggest ever electoral win to form the government at the center for any party since 1984. Many in Bhutan would have been watching the elections closely – not because Bhutanese people support any party in particular, but mainly …

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These days, there has been much hand wringing and howling within the media fraternity on the state of the Bhutanese media and its decline. Bhutan’s fall in the press freedom ranking in the last three years is a good indicator of this point. Various views have been shared by many …

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Preserving Bhutan’s soul

There is a saying in English that the ‘grass always looks greener on the other side.’ Off late, for many Bhutanese, given our economic and other woes, the grass has started looking a lot greener on the other side. For the first time, in a long time, Bhutan is not …

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