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Constitutional framing or a usual bickering?

The recent public exchange of political salvos between the PDP government and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has once again brought to attention some caveats in the Constitution, specifically Article 15. The point of departure here is what the prime minister alluded about the DNT last week – that, despite their …

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Naming And Shaming: Freedom Of Media Is Not Absolute

In recent times, media have started publishing photo(s) and details of people suspected or accused of crime resulting in naming and shaming preceding a judicial process. Such trend is worrying and unprofessional as it violates not only the fundamental rights but also legal rights. Even more worrying is the publication of only a selected few that could construe as bias reporting and discriminatory undermining the basic human rights of these people.

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The Royal Guests

In 1952, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck ascended the Golden Throne as the Third Druk Gyalpo. Apart from some oral stories, hardly any written or photographic record of the coronation exists. From what little information is available, it is evident that the national event was a low-key occasion with few international guests.

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Demystifying Japan’s Super Science High School: Implications for Bhutan

In August 2016, the Ministry of Education proposed the first Premier School in Bhutan. Like central schools, the premier school would receive increased funding to bring about premier quality of education, primarily in science subjects. This proposal was endorsed at the National Education Conference in January 2017, aiming at fostering a platform for students to explore individual talents in a wide range.

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Launch Nanosatellite in a Legal Vacuum?

Bhutan is preparing to launch a nanosatellite (nanosat) in 2018 (Kuensel, 21st October 2016). A fundamental step in the process is dealing with legal aspects. A summary of international agreements on outer space is presented here to reveal the impact of relevant laws or the lack of it.

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