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A rash decision?

“I’ll make you bask in the sun for days.” This is not a well-intended line.  Villagers often say this when they quarrel or have disputes.  It is rather a threat, as litigants have to report to court and wait, and wait in the sun more oft than not.

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Black mark for Bhutanese media

A visiting editor kept asking if it was true that most Bhutanese journalists have the mobile numbers of the prime minister and his cabinet, and that reporters chat with ministers on social media. It is true.  And reporters call the prime minister or his ministers at odd hours for information …

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For a healthy and sustainable economic growth

The country’s economy seems to be improving after it has been on the rack for a while. It has, indeed, been a long while. New projections tell us that our economy is now set to grow at the rate of six percent. The news is good. It is good news …

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The e (for efficiency) Desk

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will monitor if government agencies are taking more than the required time in delivering public services.  He will track the progress from his desk, made possible by the eDesk system developed locally. This is a welcome initiative.  Officials responsible will be on their toes, as their …

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Bankrolling City Hall

With an elected thrompon, thromdes have never been scrutinised as much as they are today.  There are expectations for development and change.  Voters are quick to point out that, with or without thrompons, change is slow. A lot will depend on the elected leader of a thromde.  From making policies …

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A continuing lack of etiquette

Thimphu national referral hospital’s management has blocked the entrance, for vehicles, to the emergency department.  This will cause inconvenience to those visiting the hospital. But the management had to do it.  Despite a huge parking space around the department, vehicle congestion is a common sight.  The final decision, it was …

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A test case for the civil service

With the recent development in the case of the three secretaries to the government, there are more questions being asked. The Royal Civil Service Commission decided to reassign them, a decision that many felt was very neutral, as the news of the decision spread.  However, it is not announced or …

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A test case for the civil service

With the recent development in the case of the three secretaries to the government, there are more questions being asked. The Royal Civil Service Commission decided to reassign them, a decision that many felt was very neutral, as the news of the decision spread.  However, it is not announced or …

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Need to set right precedent

The three government secretaries that the Lhengye Zhungtshog (cabinet) surrendered to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) will now be called back to duty, albeit not to the same position and perks that the top bureaucrats enjoyed before they were tossed out for reasons that the nation is still aching …

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The Year of the Sheep is upon us

Before we knew it, the Year of the Horse has galloped away. It was a fairly successful year. Disasters were minimum, we enjoyed peace and prosperity, and even with a lot of hurdles on the economic front, the year sailed through smoothly. But what do we do at the end …

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