EDITORIAL

A middle path on mining

Public memory is short in Bhutan. The now profitable Gypsum mines of SMCL was operated very unprofitably and at a loss by the government until 1980, after which private owners took over and turned it around. The NRDCL a few years ago invested Nu 400 mn in stone quarries all …

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A tough year ahead

The 2020-21 financial year budget reading shows that Bhutan has a tough financial year ahead, especially in a country where the government is by far the largest mover of the economy as a large chunk of GDP growth still depends on government expenditure. With the COVID-19 impact GDP growth rate …

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Bogus claims

Bhutan is hard hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 and the one thing that the government and country does not have much of is money. This is why cut backs are being made in recurrent expenditure and belts are being tightened to ‘do more with less’ as said …

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Bhutan’s third gateway

The biggest lesson of Cyclone Amphan for Bhutan is the pressing need for a third international gateway for our internet connection from Bangladesh and via India to Bhutan. The downing of internet lines of Bhutan Telecom and partly that of Tashi Cell even for a day or so had a …

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Sexual Harassment

The STCBL letting go of its CEO based on the official complaints of sexual harassment by three female employees is not only an important landmark case in Bhutan, but it is also a big win in the fight against sexual harassment at the work place. The three girls must first …

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The Jomotsangkha cover up

The Health Minister was very clear in her press conference on Friday stating a few irrefutable points. She said that the Jomotsangkha case was exposed to the virus and hence had it. She said that the proof of this was in the fact that he tested positive for IgM antibodies …

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A rude reminder

The initially positive and later negative result of a shop keeper in Jomotsangkha kept the nation on tenterhooks, because any confirmation would mean the possible presence of community transmission in Bhutan. The nation, for a moment, was reminded of the incredibly high price that we have to pay for any …

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Getting complacent

When the first case of the COVID-19 came to Bhutan, the initial problem was excessive fear and panic as people resorted to panic buying, but the bright side was that people stayed indoors and avoided social gatherings. However, the problem is now one of complacency as people lose their fear …

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Clarity and Equity

The details of the His Majesty’s Royal Kidu and announcements show a lot of practical thinking and good sense that even Nobel Laureates would appreciate. A few weeks ago, a news channel was hosting two Nobel laureates in economics on what they would do to help with the situation in …

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An address from the heart

After His Majesty’s address was over on Friday evening, there were not many dry eyes left as Bhutanese across the country were deeply touched by not only His Majesty’s message, but also with the sincerity and emotion with which it was delivered. His Majesty’s address felt much more like a …

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