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The story behind Thunder Motors

I founded Thunder Motors in 2011 encouraged by the policies of the government to promote electric vehicles and my own vision for a clean and green Bhutan using only renewable energy. The Tax Revision Act of 2011 reduced taxes on electric vehicles to zero percent. This was a huge motivation factor. This was also inline with the on-going government’s efforts to launch electric vehicles (EVs) in Bhutan. The Department of Energy launched EVs in Bhutan on World Environment Day on June 5 2009 and the first [... Read More]

Proposed electricity act amendment implausible

The NA’s recommendations don’t congeal into cogent arguments for the proposed amendment of the Electricity Act 2001.  Here’s a look at each of them: Finalise the hydropower policy first, then amend the Act The Electricity Act 2001 and the Bhutan Sustainable Hydropower Policy (BSHP) 2008 are two separate, guiding documents.  The Act provides for the restructuring of the domestic electricity industry and possible private sector participation in the electricity supply business by way of setting up mechanisms for licensing and regulating companies in the sector.  [... Read More]

Bhutan prepares for natural disasters through regional cooperation

Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. In 2014, natural disasters affected 80 million people and accounted for nearly $60 billion in economic losses. Economic losses from disasters are rising rapidly, due in part to the increasing number of people living in disaster risk areas and rapid urbanization in the region. Asia-Pacific suffers from a variety of hazards, most recently the fatal earthquake in Nepal killing over 8,500 people.

What lies ahead for Asia’s wildlife?

Biodiversity: The tale of the four friends — a bird, a rabbit, a monkey and an elephant living and working in harmony — is a much beloved one and in some ways has come to symbolize Bhutan’s own emphasis on finding the right balance between people and nature. How unfortunate now that much of Asia’s wildlife will never have it as good as this harmonious quartet. Asia’s indigenous animals are increasingly under threat. In India, the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India) began conservation efforts [... Read More]

The Legal Order of Mangpo Kurwai Gyalpo: Legal & Philosophical Narratives

Part I This article examines the legal order of Mangpo Kurwai Gyalpo, the first Buddhist king in comparison with the western philosophy. In particular, it attempts to highlight Buddhist concept of the state of human nature, state formation, and the appointment of the Great Chosen One through the social contract theory. It also narrates an elective and democratic process involved in entrusting upon the right to rule by the king acclaimed by all to administer justice.

The late clarification slaughters the meaty debate


Thanks to the question in the Parliament on the government’s livestock mega projects. It has helped extract the much-needed clarification. Let’s have a closer look at it. This article also revisits the debate, runs through an opportunity we have created through the debate, and enlists some quick thoughts for reflection. The clarification The Prime Minister “clarified” that the government doesn’t have any plans to build a slaughterhouse. But it was only a month and a half ago that its very own Department of Livestock (DOL), [... Read More]

How Inclusive is Bhutan’s Growth?

Part 1 of 2 1. ESCAP’s Inclusive Growth Index  In line with the ESCAP’s mandate to bring 743 millions of poor people in Asia and the Pacific region into the economic mainstream, ESCAP’s recently launched 2015 survey report creatively and innovatively proposes a composite index of 15 separate indicators to measure inclusive growth for sustainable development. This is the first time where inclusiveness has been defined technically and quantitatively.

Are we living the age of paradox?

DSC_0056Rush: Starting today sale of meat is banned for a month

After office hour on Friday, my 10th grade son comes home and says, “mama, did you hear the shocking news today? Bhutan is going to open a slaughterhouse. The news is splashed all over and everyone’s talking about it in school.” I visit a friend’s house and the first thing that I hear is, “Wai, did you hear the disturbing news that Bhutan is going to start a slaughterhouse.” At home, in the office, over lunch, we find ourselves anxiously talking about the subject. At [... Read More]

Earthquakes in Bhutan: past, present, future Part II

Present Fortunately, it is not necessary to “wait” for more large earthquakes to progress the study of seismicity in Bhutan. Rather, careful analysis of smaller earthquakes that occur much more frequently can reveal important characteristics of the tectonic structure and overall seismic behaviour.

The meaty debate

Where is my country heading? Dear Prime Minister, I write to you as a concerned Bhutanese on the issue of starting a meat-processing unit, in other words, slaughterhouse with the rationale to meet the growing demand while curtailing cash outflow to boost economy.

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