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What the EDB report means

Bhutan’s ease of doing business ranking has been falling over the years. But what does it really mean? A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm. The rankings are determined by sorting the aggregate scores on 10 …

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We as the guardians  

We are all keepers of our traditions and cultures that make us all a proud little society altogether.  We are also the keepers of our environment, the poof of which is in the mandate we have imposed upon ourselves in the Constitution to maintain at least 60 percent of our …

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For a new beginning 

When the National Assembly recently elected the Speakers of the third parliament, many observed that members voted along party lines. With the opposition also fielding its nominations for the posts of the speakers this time, the results should be expected. With the ruling party Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa commanding 30 of …

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Coronation of the People’s King

One of the highlights of His Majesty Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s golden reign would be the start of people power in Bhutan as people can elect the government in a democratic way. Bhutanese still vividly remember how the spectacular and emotional coronation took place in three stages. In …

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False information 

Is reporting false information a crime? Yes, it is, and the guilty must suffer consequences. According to the Penal Code of Bhutan, a person shall be guilty of the offence of reporting false information if he or she knowingly reports false information to a lawful authority with the intent to deceive …

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The highlanders

It is often said that the best way to preserve culture and tradition is to share it with others. For Bhutan and her people, its culture and tradition is the way of life. Against the growing influence of globalisation that has not spared Bhutan, the age-old culture and tradition affirms …

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As we await the new government

After all the hurly-burly and battle lost and won, there has been a long silence. But not calm. Eleven days after the October 18 election, the nation is awaiting a government. But there have been some developments all along. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, the party that won the third National Assembly …

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Preserving and promoting our culture

Phuentsholing is a busy town. Residents and visitors are always lost in the hurly-burly of the economic activity. A tshechu in the border town is a respite from the beehive of activity and a spiritual break. The tshechu was special. Unlike in other dzongkhags, students from the thromde schools performed …

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Looking forward to change

It is exactly a week since the general elections on October 18. There are no changes in the results or issues related to the elections, although the petition period will only end on November 6. The transition to a new government was a lot smoother in the third parliamentary elections …

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Living on borrowing

A sign of a strong economy, economists agree, is a high value of domestic credit, especially to the private sector. Going by this, our economy is on the right track. In just one year, the economy saw domestic credit, availed from our financial institutions (FIs), increase by Nu 12B. As …

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