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Dog population has to be brought under control

The reign of the dogs has been long, but not alone is this a problem. It is becoming stronger. The rise in the number of stray dogs in the country is a thing to be worried about. A survey conducted between June and July this year indicates that Bhutan could …

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Who is lying?

In a democracy, elected officials are accountable to the people. We have institutions in place to perform the function of checks and balances. Media is one such institution that makes accountability possible. But going by the recent development, it appears that everyone, except the out-going government, is lying. Other political …

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Dangers of unregulated digital campaigning

The advent of social media in this day and age has changed the way we organise movements and engage public participation. The tools and platforms available to us today lend to wider reach and by much more efficient system of communication and advertising. In a society where illiteracy is fast …

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As the interim govt. steps in

The second democratically elected prime minister and his Cabinet formerly resigned from office yesterday. The elected government relinquished its office to the interim government, a constitutional obligation to ensure free and fair elections. Bhutan’s decision to have an interim government over a caretaker government is a conscious one. When a …

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Go out and vote

It has been a busy year for the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB). Once the election date is announced following a Royal Kasho from His Majesty The King, election activities will gather pace. On the Commission’s part, laying things in order, as daunting as it can get considering the kind …

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The powers of local government

For the second time a drungpa is accused of battering a man. Samtse’s Tashichholing drungpa pulled the ears of his driver last year to discipline him. Now its Lhamoizingkha drungpa in Dagana, in a fit of rage, slapped and boxed a villager. The conduct of these civil servants who hold leadership …

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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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