Editorial

The Youth Opportunity

The government in its one-year report card has announced its major achievements for the past year and reaffirmed or laid out its path for the next four years in office. Particular focus was paid on its steps in the field of of education and health and investments into the youth …

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No bans please

The latest on the ban list seems to be a book written on Bhutan’s political process and democratic evolution by the former NC Chairperson. An extract from the book on the social media account of the former NC Chairman came in for some controversy during the 2018 elections. The interesting …

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Regional Tourism regulation

The government has come up with the much delayed and anticipated regional tourism policy and guidelines. The government here deserves kudos for not only coming up with the regulations in the first place but also recommending bold measures like number caps, SDF fee for regional tourists, environment fee for vehicles, …

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Understanding the outrage

The strong national outrage over an Indian tourist standing on a Chorten in Dochula and a Bhutanese carpenter helping him is not just a reaction to a single incident. This is in fact a national reaction to growing series of incidents of regional tourists desecrating our religious, cultural and natural …

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The Hotel sign

One would imagine that with so many new buildings and ongoing constructions in Thimphu there should not be a shortage of apartments, but apparently demand still outstrips supply. The problem is that a lot of the upcoming structures are not apartments- but hotels. Surprisingly, people still want to build more …

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Keeping an eye on the economy

Bhutan has enjoyed a booming economy in the last few years evidenced in the huge construction boom in urban areas, rising land prices, record apartment prices, more car purchases -among other visible signs. Some would say that Bhutan’s economy is still at an early stage so there is still a …

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Beyond outrage

There is much outrage on a series of sexual assaults and crimes against young children and rightly so. No civilized and decent society should tolerate such crimes and we should do everything in our collective power to not only catch and punish any such culprits but also put in place …

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Inclusive health and education

The death of a baby girl in Dagana and the lack of adequate budget, facilities and teachers for special need students in Changangkha school bring to the fore the issues in our health and education system. The Prime Minister initially argued that there was no way an ambulance could save …

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Three focus areas for the government

Every elected government so far has come in promising and attempting to solve a host of issues in five years and very often, by the end of it, they make minimal impact in all the areas due to a dissipated impact. However, the results can be quite different if a …

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Regaining the lost decade for our youths

In many ways the 2008-18 was a lost decade for private sector development. The main reason is that the governments and the bureaucracy were obsessed by 10,000 MW by 2020. We were told that hydropower is the silver bullet to our economic woes. In the middle of the 2012-13 Rupee Crisis …

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