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Mountain economies and BIMSTEC

The Fourth Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is taking place in a Himalayan country for the first time. The Summit will be held in Nepal on 30 and 31 August 2018, amid great expectations from the participating countries. Mountains and hills …

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Gullibility

Are we gullible or rather too gullible? My hypothetical answer would be yes, going by our easy acceptance of the rampant use of the “Dasho” title. If this hypothetical answer is proven true, then gullibility could be one of the dominant social genes in our DNA, which may not be a compliment …

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Sexual harassment

What is Sexual Harassment? What do we do when we experience sexual harassment? Where and how do we seek help? A recent article in Kuensel from a concerned citizen on her unpleasant experience with a parking fee collector has prompted the crucial need to answer these questions with utmost urgency. …

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Women in Politics

If democracy is to be vibrant and if its spirit of freedom and equality is to be a living reality, the value of women’s representation in politics cannot be overstated. Studies have it that when women do not make the number in parliament, generally two things happen – they either …

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Women in politics

Bhutan, a country that has always taken pride in being a matriarchal society, now seems to be failing its women. Of the 188 candidates in the 2018 National Assembly primary elections, only 19 are women (10.1%). This is a decrease from 31 in the last 2013 primaries. Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party …

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Media and the elections

The National Assembly is dissolved. The ministers and member of parliaments have changed their colours (kabney). Soon they will be out in the fields campaigning. It is should be exciting to be in the media. With two rounds of elections lined up, it is going to be a busy autumn …

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Strengthen the civil service MAX system

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) starting Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 – 2017 implemented Managing for Excellence (MAX) system for the civil service replacing the old Performance Management System (PMS). Comparatively, MAX is a better system than PMS. However, after undergoing two FY experiences and currently carrying out the third …

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