Editorial

Editorial-The Interplay of Convenience and Illegality

โ€ฆ๐‘ผ๐’๐’“๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’Œ๐’”- ๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’• ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’๐’˜๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’ ๐’„๐’“๐’๐’”๐’”-๐’ƒ๐’๐’“๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’š In the interconnected economies of Phuentsholing and Jaigaon, a complex web of monetary exchanges has emerged, blurring the lines between convenience and illegality. The rise of โ€˜Mule Accountsโ€™ and โ€˜Money Mulesโ€™ highlights the shadowy underbelly of this intricate financial ecosystem, posing significant threats to the integrity of both …

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EDITORIAL-Embrace Gyalsung, Countryโ€™s Call for a Resilient Tomorrow

๐‘จ๐’๐’”๐’˜๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ต๐’๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐‘บ๐’–๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’”: ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ฎ๐’š๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’–๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ป๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ญ๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’‚ ๐‘บ๐’•๐’“๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“, ๐‘ด๐’๐’“๐’† ๐‘ผ๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐‘ฉ๐’‰๐’–๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐‘ป๐’๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’“๐’๐’˜ In a momentous stride towards fostering a united and resilient generation, Bhutan is gearing up for the initiation of the Gyalsung Program in September 2024. Gyalsung, meaning โ€œservice to the nation,โ€ encapsulates a noble intention envisioned by His Majesty The King during the Royal Address …

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Editorial- Upholding Safety Standards and Learning from Tragic Helicopter Crash

The recent release of the final accident investigation report on the helicopter crash in the country has brought to light critical lapses in safety protocols that demand immediate attention and stringent rectification. The findings underscore not only the tragic loss of lives but also the imperative for rigorous adherence to international safety standards in aviation operations. The incident, which claimed …

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EDITORIAL-City Bus Priority Lane Implementation and the Path to Nationwide Adoption

Thimphu Thromde has introduced the City Bus Priority Lane, signaling a notable step toward reshaping urban mobility, addressing traffic congestion, and promoting sustainable transportation. While the objective of this innovative project is commendable, a critical analysis reveals both successes and areas for improvement that can serve as a blueprint for replication in other urban areas across the country. The primary …

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Editorial-Steering Bhutanโ€™s Future- Mandates for the New Government and the Vital Role of the Opposition

In the aftermath of the Peopleโ€™s Democratic Partyโ€™s (PDP) triumph in the National Assembly Elections 2023-2024, it is not just a victory for a political party but also a collective responsibility bestowed upon the PDP to shape Bhutanโ€™s destiny. Simultaneously, the Bhutan Tendrel Party (BTP) assumes a crucial role as the opposition, ensuring a dynamic and accountable democratic landscape. Central …

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EDITORIAL-A Collective Responsibility to Breathe Life into the Dying Bhutanese culture and tradition

The echoes of Bhutanese tradition are now facing the challenges of modernity. The once-cherished tradition of โ€˜Lolay,โ€™ a cultural celebration steeped in Bhutanese identity, finds itself at a crossroads as changing times pose threats of waning. This age-old practice, a thread weaving through the cultural tapestry of the society and country, must not be allowed to fade away. It is …

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EDITORIAL-The Pragmatics of Political Pledges: Holding Politicians Accountable

In the arena of political discourse, the promises made by politicians during the heat of a campaign often raise eyebrows and elicit skepticism from an informed electorate. The grandeur of these pledges, while enticing, frequently veers into the realm of the implausible. The question that lingers is whether these political vows are pragmatic or merely tactical maneuvers to secure votes. …

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EDITORIAL-A Call for Compassionate Policies

Bhutan, where the pursuit of happiness is a national mantra, a recent glimpse into the challenges faced by retirees prompts a thoughtful examination of policies affecting their twilight years. Retirement, traditionally synonymous with relaxation and independence, unveils a more complex narrative marked by financial strains and emotional solitude.The governmentโ€™s laudable 2002 initiative aimed to secure a stable financial future for …

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EDITORIAL-A Symphony of Bhutanese Unity, Peace, and Prosperity under the Visionary Leadership of the Wangchuck Dynasty

Bhutanโ€™s journey into nationhood unfolds as a captivating narrative of upheaval and change. The passing of the Zhabdrung marked a period of decline for both the country and its governance, thrusting Bhutan into turmoil and internal. Over almost two centuries, Bhutan grappled with the challenge of producing a capable leader to navigate the nation through chaos. A pivotal historical shift …

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EDITORIAL-Civil Service Attrition Surge Calls for Strategic Intervention

The attrition rates, as revealed in the November 2023 report, have surged to unprecedented levels, demanding immediate attention and strategic intervention to safeguard the stability and effectiveness of the government workforce. The statistics are stark and, in many ways, indicative of underlying challenges that need careful consideration. From January to November 2023, the attrition rate rose to a staggering 14.3%, …

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