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Being responsible

As we inch closer to the National Assembly elections, politicians seem to be losing all sense of propriety. Political debates and discussions are veering tastelessly away from decency. Buck-passing, mindless vilification, and egregious scourging among the political parties and candidates must stop. We have heard and seen enough. The electorate …

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The politics of crowd

Each time a political party holds its party convention, the Royal Institute of Management’s multipurpose hall in Thimphu expands. When Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa held its convention at the RIM hall in May this year, the first among the parties to do so, more than 2,000 people attended the meeting. A …

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The theme of upcoming election

The theme of the nation is election. It matters to the Bhutanese because who we elect to the government is about Bhutan. The government that bowed out this week after a five-year term has come in for a lot of stick. What this indicates is that the people expected more …

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Enhance protection for ACC

As the country completes a decade of constitutional democracy, Bhutan has seen many developments. Some good. Others, not quite. This culture of who one’s related to and the might of power and money always existed in our society. The transition to democratic governance may have made us more aware of …

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As we prepare for election

Yesterday, August 1, marked the end of the second National Assembly (NA) since the first democratic parliamentary election in 2008. In a typically Bhutanese way, the Cabinet and the members of the Assembly offered zhabten and tashi moelam. It was a solemn occasion as the ministers and the MPs folded …

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Address the housing issue

Shelter is one of the basic human needs. Despite accelerated socioeconomic development, the country has not been able to provide affordable housing to its people, especially in urban centres. It is estimated that about 5,000 Bhutanese are living across the border town in Jaigaon today. According to national housing development …

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Youth unemployment: what and where is the truth?

Not all surprises are pleasant, of course. The members of the mass media, particularly the press, had one flung unto them yesterday at the grand hall of the National Assembly. It was downright egregious to say the least, a commentary less than palatable for the journalists for practising their trade …

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Women candidates few and far between

Election 2018 will see fewer female candidates than we had in the election year of 2013. The drop in the number of women representation in the politics from 31 to 19 is far from encouraging. To say that Bhutanese women are averse to politics and are reluctant to participate in …

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Preparing for the elections

The National Assembly members will bow out on August 1, ending their five-year term as members of Parliament. With members shedding their symbols of powers – the sword and the scarf, the lower house’s dissolution will mark a new beginning for the country’s democratic process. The political field levels when …

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Taking care of the elderly

The economic prosperity that we have enjoyed in the recent years has brought us face to face with new – and often sad – reality of shifting filial responsibility of care and welfare system for the ageing and the old. As our communities become increasingly urbanised, not to say that …

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