Editorial

The National Council

While the National Council elections slated in April 2013 may not generate the same level of enthusiasm as the National Assembly elections, it has established itself as an important Parliamentary institution. Soon after the euphoric elections results of March 2008 for the ruling government, there were concerns expressed not only …

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Unchecked corruption in government projects

At a time when austerity and rupee crisis are the catchwords, the RAA’s draft report on the construction of Domestic Airports by the Ministry of Information and Communication comes as a major disappointment. The report highlights how more than 50 percent of the Nu 435 mn project was either lost …

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Opening a Pandora’s Box of political activism

News of 50 Druk Phuensum Tshogpa supporters planning a trip to the capital on behalf of the Speaker and the Home Minister in regard to the Gyelpozhing verdict caused some disquiet in a country not used to political activism. Though the DPT members withdrew their petition as of yesterday the …

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The Gyelpozhing Verdict

The conviction of the Speaker and Home Minister along with 14 other plot allotment committee members in the Gyelpozhing land case has generated a lot of public interest and reaction. The verdict in its entirety does credit not only to the Anti Corruption Commission but also to the institution of …

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State of the Nation’s Economy

Though the state of the nation in the last five years may be divided into four pillars and elaborate sub sections, but ultimately the two most important issues are rural development and the state of the economy. On the rural development front, the numbers on minimum programs like farm roads, …

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‘Dirty politics’ and the 2013 race

In the 2008 electoral race while candidates had mainly diplomatic words for each other in the media, the real electoral battle was what was whispered by party members in villages and towns or half suggested by party leaders. It was only occasionally that party candidates or workers made official allegations …

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Taking responsibility for the Rupee shortage

When the Rupee Shortage and the resultant Credit Crunch first hit the Bhutanese economy from early 2012 onwards, the RMA and the government were caught unaware. With elections just a year away and personal and institutional reputations at stake, both the RMA and the government blamed the financial institutions, private …

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A level playing field for 2013 ?

Though long discussed and speculated, the government’s move to initiate an early dissolution of the National Assembly before 20th April has set the proverbial cat among the pigeons. The government’s main reason is that without doing this the biggest losers would be the electorate who would not be as enthused …

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An uncertain but hopeful New Year

Losar is upon us and as we leave an old year behind and start a new Water Female Snake Year, it is  time for reflection of the past and renewal for the future. As we are about to start the New Year, Bhutan is in the midst of important economic, …

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