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Need to look beyond violation of trade rules and penal law

It has been found that Gopal Waiba Lama and RD Subha, the duo who called for applications to form an Integrated Farming and Food Processing Project in Tsirang using the name of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), violated trade rules in offering their services to obtain loans from REDCL. Office of …

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Public or private resources?

The on-going spat between the government and the opposition over fiscal incentives has unearthed allegations of corrupt practices committed since the country transitioned into a democracy. As the country prepares to go to the polls for the third time, we see the government and the opposition embroiled in accusing each …

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Looking at top schools and education

Any kind of ranking system is good. It is good because the very act of bringing the constituent parts together and the whole up front gives us the idea of where we stand in real time. We are talking about the nation’s top schools. The Ministry of Education has declared …

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No priority for priority sector lending scheme

Access to finance was for long cited as the main reason for stunting the development of small and cottage industries. Besides bureaucratic hurdle, aspiring entrepreneurs lamented about the challenges of accessing finance and the collaterals required. To support entrepreneurship in the country and to show that a business proposal was …

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Dealing with rising crime rate

Thimphu is fast growing to be a city with the highest crime rate in the country. Of the country’s total crime rate last year, Thimphu had an astounding 58.8 percent. Thimphu may be also a city with the highest number of young people. The number keeps increasing as rural to …

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Revising performance targets, at what cost?

The pressure to achieve the set target for government agencies was palpable at the mid-year-review of the annual performance agreements. Requests to revise the targets were made while some agencies cited factors beyond their control​ for​ being unable to achieve their goals.  With the organisation’s performance determining the performance of …

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Teacher attrition rate is a national concern

We have been talking about teachers leaving the profession for some time now. From certain quarters of the government, we have also heard that teachers leaving the profession, in numbers we have seen, is something that we ought not to be concerned about. But we are, and we think we …

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Regulating the media

The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has started taking non-compliance to regulations seriously. Last December, the authority cancelled the licence of the weekly Dzongkha paper, Druk Yoezer for not meeting circulation requirements. It also suspended the issuance of new licen​c​es for places of entertainment and despite the flak it …

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Private sector growth is the answer

Priority sector lending (PSL) is really now really taking off. The Cabinet has issued an order to form PSL committee in pursuant to the scheme that the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) launched. Dzondags will serve as the chairman of the committee. Members include representatives from the ministry of agriculture, labour, …

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Graffiti and Art: Who arbitrates on things such as these?

A French artist who calls himself “Invaderwashere” has really been coming, marauding on sacred Bhutanese historical sites and cultural monuments. It is amazing how he even was let in to some of the most revered and sanctified places like Paro Taktsang and Cheri Goemba. This French may be a well-known artist …

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