OPINION

Private clinics doing well in Thimphu

There are two private clinics in Thimphu, Padkar and Menjong diagnostic centre. The two clinics have been receiving quite a good number of patients every year. Menjong clinic was established in 2012 while Padkar was established in July 2015. In 2018, Padkar Diagnostic received 4,267 patients and Menjong Diagnostic centre …

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A Grassroots Antidote to Populism

PARIS – The political parties that once dominated Western democracies have been shaken to the core. Many have suffered electoral debacles, not least in France, Italy, Greece, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. Others have changed so radically that only their name remains the same. The Republican Party of US President …

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Thorthormi lake: Bhutan’s impending climate disaster

The Thorthormi glacial lake in northern Bhutan is considered the country’s likeliest climate-induced disaster. The lake, perched at a height of more than 4,400 metres, is swelling because of melting ice, and is in danger of bursting its wall. Efforts by the Bhutanese government to lower the lake’s water level …

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A MP Vehicle Fund

Some MPs have come for two to three terms to Parliament but they still complain that Nu 1 mn is not enough to buy a decent vehicle. A little math is in order. An MP gets Nu 1 mn every term in cash to buy a car. But bigger than …

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The real threat to the media

The friday question and answer session in Parliament saw a Opposition MP saying that some media personnel went to the Opposition party with a couple of voice recordings of the PM, alleging ‘harassment.’ First off, the media must learn to fight its own battles. If some truly unpleasant incident has …

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Second class citizens in the private sector

Dear fellow private sector friends, With 40,000 business licenses and up-to 160,000 people earning a living from it, you are second in size only to farmers and contribute the bulk of the national revenue. Your taxes (CIT, BIT, Sales Tax, PIT, Customs etc) fund the government and will also help …

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27 Reasons why Modi won

Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi has won a massive mandate in the 2019 Indian General Elections even surpassing his landslide win in the 2014 polls. This is a spectacular political feat given the high level of anti-incumbency in Indian politics and the headwinds of a slowing Indian economy and record unemployment. …

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An Intelligent Approach to Mental Health

BOSTON – A few years ago, toward the end of his life, my father battled severe depression. As a physician and professor, he did not lack access to mental-health care. But he had grown up in a society that stigmatized mental illness, and he was unwilling to seek professional help. …

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Why Capitalism Needs Populism

CHICAGO – Big Business is under attack in the United States. Amazon canceled its planned new headquarters in the New York City borough of Queens in the face of strong local opposition. Lindsey Graham, a Republican US senator for South Carolina, has raised concerns about Facebook’s uncontested market position, while his Democratic …

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