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Radiotherapy service marks a new beginning

Bhutan’s health system has come a long way. When the nation began planned development in the early 1960s, we had just two hospitals. Today we have more than 30 hospitals, close to 200 basic health units and 700 outreach clinics. Health continues to receive the highest priority because the Constitution …

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Mission 2018 begins

With the Royal Decree calling the National Council Elections and setting the process in motion on February 15, Bhutan has now entered the election period. The Election Commission of Bhutan has issued a notification calling the elections listing a total of 19 events that will culminate in the election of …

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Welcome Earth Male Dog

As we bid farewell to the Fire Female Bird, we reflect on the important milestones that the year brought to us on its mighty wings. We had our fair share of successes as a nation. We had our failings too. But we moved on. Now here is the Earth Male …

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Bhutan and the GST conundrum

The assurance from tax commissioners to smoothen the Goods and Services Tax (GST) procedures for Bhutan could help allay the anxieties of the business community. As Bhutan’s biggest and main trading partner, any change in polices across the border has a ripple effect at home. Bhutan felt the impact of …

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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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