Vehicle loan directive: Headed right

The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) directive to reduce the loan to value ratio for vehicles from 50% to 30% has sparked off ambivalent reactions from different sections of the society including stakeholders. While some banks and dealers are worried that their customer base might be affected, some are of the opinion that instead of cutting […]

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Women deserve more than drayangs!

  Media recently reported on the various challenges that drayang workers face. Everyone is aware that when one thinks of drayangs, the image that comes to mind is of dingy, smoky rooms where women are either being pimped or the women themselves act in questionable and sexually blatant manners, by choice or otherwise. The drayang […]

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Elections 2018: More the merrier?

Bhutan currently has five registered political parties and if talks doing the rounds are to be believed, two more are in the making, taking the number to seven. Till now, we have believed that in politics, the more the merrier. It also goes with the underlying democratic principle of more options for the voters and […]

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Youth need role models

A recent report on mental health status of adolescents in South-East Asia revealed that Bhutan has the highest number of (24.6%) smokers in the region. Bhutan also has the highest number of adolescents using other tobacco products at 29.3% followed by Timor-Leste (27.1%) and Thailand (14%). Despite complete ban on tobacco sales in the country, […]

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Fiscal Incentives: a democracy debate

There is déjà vu in the air. The ruling government pulled the former to court in 2010 for not abiding by the Supreme Law of the land when it imposed vehicle taxes without seeking the parliament’s approval. That time, mudslinging and name calling ensued; this time too, we see a repeat. Only this time, a […]

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TOWARDS GREATER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN MEDIA & JUDICIARY

In a recent first of its kind consultative workshop organized by the Bhutan National Law Institute and Journalists Association of Bhutan, members of the judiciary, and the media came together to seek answers and find solutions to questions mainly associated with judicial reporting and coverage. The workshop involved discussions on issues such as contempt of […]

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DIGNITY OF LABOR: DEALING WITH THE SHIT

A hue and cry followed the Sherig Lyonpo’s less than flattering comments on Bhutanese doing cleaning jobs in Australia. His comments were supposedly indicative of an attitude that looks down upon blue-collar jobs as “shitty.” At the end, Lyonpo had to extend an apology to the many whose feathers he had ruffled. Many Bhutanese did […]

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Why We Must Vote

Come September 27, the nation will go to the polls again. This time to elect leaders of the local government (LG). This electoral exercise at the local government level is highly significant for the deepening of democratic governance at the grassroots level. The second phase of the LG election is a culmination of many years […]

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Kudos to the heroes!

In recent weeks, we have witnessed Nature raging fast and furious. A spate of disasters have occurred in the country’s southern belt – bridges have collapsed, settlements and shops were washed away, highways and entire villages have been cut off due to blockades, and river banks are inundated. All this has caused two responses. First, […]

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RECOGNIZING teachers

Few vocations are deemed as callings. And teaching is one of them: the profession is supposed to be “respectable and dignified”. It is one of the most demanding professions a person can ever take up. Teachers mold the nation’s future and the impression that one teacher makes can inspire an entire generation of young children […]

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