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(Mis)handling the SMU issue

For a large number of Bhutanese who graduated from Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) these past few months have been living in the roil and torment of the time. The small hope that the prime minister offered them four months ago, that their degree would be recognised, has hit the wall straight and come to naught. The government’s stand now is: there is nothing that can be done about it. They, the graduates, feel vastly cheated and lied to because that’s the only feeling they can have in such a situation.

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Driving towards a gridlock?

The central bank’s decision to tighten vehicle loans is a good move. A decision such as this should have come sooner given the situation we are in. Records with the Road Safety and Transport Authority show that we bought about 24 cars everyday in 2016.

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Mend the road

Road widening project on the East-West highway is making travel increasingly difficult. Last week, a dozen public transport operators submitted a petition to the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) that said they would be compelled to suspend the services until the highway becomes pliable.

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The need for responsible parties

The Election Commission of Bhutan’s decision to refuse registration of Druk Kuenphen Tshogpa has set the bar high for aspiring political parties. In vetting the aspiring party for its capabilities in terms of leadership, competence and readiness to participate in the country’s democratic process, the commission’s candid observation has shown that forming a political party is a serious and a sacred responsibility.

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​Blame game must stop

The Office of the Attorney General withdrawing cases for want of defendants is disturbing. That the courts asked the prosecutors to do so is as much troubling.

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Ruling a change

In setting a precedent with its judgment, the Supreme Court has filled a grave lacuna that our legislature had overlooked.

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