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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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“A Speaker has to know the law”

Kuensel’s Chief Reporter Tshering Palden caught up with the Speaker Jigme Zangpo for a conversation on his term in the Parliament and hereafter. Looking back over your five years in the Parliament, what were some of the accomplishments? Although this is the second parliament after introduction of parliamentary democracy, the …

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Is our population growth sustainable?

Finally, the report from the Population & Housing Census of Bhutan conducted in May 2017 (PHCB-2017) is released. The total population as recorded on the census reference date (30 May 2018) is 735,553, which include 53,833 non-Bhutanese, among which 8,408 are tourists who were on the move that day. The …

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Social media: Boon or curse?

 A young mother lost two sons in a freak accident recently. After days and night of suffering, she finally pulled together to accept the loss. Nursing a head injury, worse, the trauma of coming to terms that she had lost her beautiful sons, the last thing she needed was people …

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Construction of Amochu Bridge on Samtse-Phuentsholing Highway

Background For a landlocked country like Bhutan, road network system forms the life line for its socio-economic development. Bridges form vital links on any road network system especially in a country like Bhutan where bridges have to span deep river gorges and fast flowing rivers. Bridges in fact form the …

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To Whom it May Concern

My husband Dr Brent Waters and I have now visited Bhutan nine times since 2003, initially for a trekking and cultural visit.  My husband regularly volunteers at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, as part of the U.S Health Volunteers Overseas organisation. He is a child psychiatrist and is …

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Urban Bhutan? Embrace the old in building the new

Phuentsholing – Here on the Bhutan-India border, a new urban center may well arise one day should a Druk Holding & Investments plan, assisted in part by the Asian Development Bank, succeed. One of the last major projects in 2010 that I had supported on behalf of the United States …

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Bridging Japan – Bhutan relations

Kenji Sano (Left) and Udai Pradhan at the Chuzomsa bridge construction site

When I arrived in Bhutan in September last year, I was informed by many Bhutanese officials of their appreciation for the bridges that were granted by the government of Japan, and how they stand out as a testament of quality and aesthetics for bridge construction in the country. Prof. Kishore …

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