EDITORIAL

Thank You

As most of us have been indoors fretting about our own families and supplies, thousands of brave Bhutanese in the form of Desuups, health workers, frontline workers and volunteers have been out in the hot summer sun protecting and serving us. These heroes are ordinary fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, daughters, …

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Delivering the essentials

There has been some inefficiency and confusion around the delivery of essential items and vegetables in Thimphu since the start of the lockdown.  The lockdown, though sudden, should not have come as a surprise as the government machinery had months to plan and prepare for it. When you plan to …

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The Jaigaon Challenge

Given the local press statements and social media broadcasts from Jaigaon media and individuals, it is now an open secret that there is strong pressure from them to open Bhutan’s Phuentsholing gate. A transport association there even threatened to blockade Bhutan from essential goods and items, mainly because access to …

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A long important vigil

Semchen Tshethar Tshogpas are well known in Bhutan where tshogpas go around saving animals meant for slaughter. His Majesty The King’s leadership in the fight against COVID-19 has been a Human Tshethar where the lives and health of many Bhutanese have been saved. They have been saved not only through …

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48,000 vacancies and 30,000 job seekers

In an almost ironical situation the Prime Minister recently said that Bhutan needs around 48,000 workers to fulfill its manpower shortage. However, in the same speech he also said that around 30,000 Bhutanese need to be given jobs due to COVID-19. It is clear that Bhutan has more than enough …

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When Ministers and Executives meet

Thursday 3 pm saw the top cream of the Royal Government of Bhutan coming together in a massive meeting in the Royal University of Bhutan hall, at the invitation of the Prime Minister. The meeting was attended by members of the Cabinet, Constitutional Posts, senior Judges, senior Executives and other …

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COVID-19 threat

Two developments should give us cause for concern. One is that scientists have found that COVID-19 is airborne and thus can spread through even small particles, especially in a poorly ventilated setting where people are not wearing masks. The other issue is neighboring India reaching the third highest number of …

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Using the waiver wisely

His Majesty’s Kidu relief of nine months’ interest waiver, extension of the Druk Gyalpo Relief Kidu by another three months coupled with a 12-month loan deferment has come as a huge relief for an embattled private sector and the larger economy. His Majesty has given us important time at two …

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The Nationalization debate

There are two parties to blame for the issues in the mining industry. One is the mine owner and how the owner or owners run the mine with a short-term view but the bigger flaw lies with the Department of Geology and Mines and their poor monitoring system that allows …

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The danger of complacency

For those under a rock in the last few weeks, COVID-19 is knocking hard on our border gates with a number of cases and outbreaks right across the border. If one looks at a Bhutan, we are virtually surrounded by various states impacted by COVID-19 with the two main ones …

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