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Political rhetoric versus truth?

The ovens are heating up. With elections only about a week away and political campaigns in full swing, social media has recently become a crucible for heated discussions, mudslinging, fake news and defamatory comments. However, what recently made the headlines and added fuel to the already roaring fires was the recent social

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The election campaign is in full swing. We saw the manifestoes of the four parties pledge big things. We also saw the presidential debate hinge on petty politics to promise making. Now, we are seeing the common forums where the candidates are trying their best to sell dreams, a lot of

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When party coordinators go berserk

Political coordinators and party workers are unquestionably important in politics as agents of political parties for promotional, administrative and fundraising activities. As ambassador or messenger of a political party or candidate, party coordinators are the key players that people at the grassroots look upon. And it goes without saying that these

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The politics of being apolitical

True to what the Chief Advisor of the Interim Government, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk, emphasized during the Interim Government’s first press conference last Tuesday, political neutrality is sometimes taken so seriously that a mere conversation on and about politics becomes a taboo especially among the so-called apolitical section of our

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As we head to the polls

Politics and elections are taking position of prominence and importance lately, going by reports in the media and talks doing the round in town. Most events and activities for now have at least something to do with politics or the upcoming elections. A sense of urgency and busyness, among political parties

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Reflecting on a decade of democracy

  It has been another historic milestone for Bhutan last week as the second National Assembly dissolved on Wednesday, thus marking the successful completion of a decade of democracy. In the days to come ahead an interim government would be formed accordingly as per the constitution that stipulates that such a governing

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Disaster management Act now!

The recent flashflood in Trashigang has been a reminder call to the nation and the authorities. It has only heightened the sense of urgency and attention that our so called disaster preparedness demands. The last time an earthquake of major proportions struck the country was in 2009. The whole country

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Hydropower: investment at what cost?

Bhutan’s hydropower projects seem to have turned the proverbial white elephant. According to the Royal Monetary Authority’s annual report 2017, the country’s hydropower debt has quadrupled to Nu 123.85bn from Nu 31.45bn in the last six years. A World Bank report released the same year states that Bhutan is at high risk

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Wake up civil servants!

Our government agencies and civil servants have a lot to work on. Apart from the fact that the authorities have many development activities to their credit and made service delivery easier and more accessible through  modern, online facilities like the G2C, many glitches still exist in customer service delivery. If you have

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Rural-Urban migration

Go back to the roots About 62% of the country’s population lives in the rural areas. However, there is a cancer-like ailment growing in the rural backwaters, which is threatening the well being of the people. According to the Population and Housing Census of Bhutan 2017, 21.7% of people have migrated

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