Editorial

EDITORIAL-The Democratic Duty-A Call to Responsible Voting

As the calendar inches closer to November 30, the date of the fourth National Assembly election, a palpable sense of anticipation and civic responsibility sweeps across the nation. With every passing day, citizens are gearing up to exercise their democratic right, a gift bestowed upon them from the golden Throne-the power to shape the future of their beloved country through …

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Bhutanโ€™s Education Landscape Transformation and Ignite Global Interest

In a notable departure from conventional educational trajectories, Bhutan could become the unexpected focal point for academic pursuits, as exemplified by the recent enrollment of two 16-year-old Australian students. Their choice challenges the prevailing narrative where Bhutanese students predominantly seek educational experiences abroad, redirecting attention to the unique educational landscape that Bhutan offers. Choosing to reside on campus for an …

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EDITORIAL-Upholding Fair Taxi Fares-A Mirror to Personal Integrity and City Image

In the heart of the capital, a rising tide of discontent among commuters is signaling a disconcerting trend in the taxi service industry. Passengers are expressing dissatisfaction with what appears to be a systematic issue of taxi drivers allegedly overcharging, particularly targeting those unfamiliar with the local fare norms. This not only poses a financial burden on passengers but also …

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EDITORIAL-Managing Bhutanโ€™s External Reserves and Navigating Economic Uncertainties

The recent report by the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan, detailing the countryโ€™s external reserves from October 2022 to July 2023, presents a critical snapshot of the nationโ€™s financial standing amidst global uncertainties. The data portrays a mixed picture, highlighting the need for careful management and strategic planning to ensure the long-term economic stability of the nation. The initial numbers …

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EDITORIAL-Ensuring Equal Voting Rights for All, Bridging the Gap with Postal Ballot System

Growing discontent is increasingly evident among private sector employees regarding the current postal ballot system in Bhutan. The private workforce is increasingly questioning the fairness of a system that seems to heavily favor civil servants, thus raising serious concerns about unequal treatment under the law. This disparity in voting rights has prompted some individuals to put forward practical and thoughtful …

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As Bhutan enters the fiscal year 2023-24, while there have been positive signs of progress, such as a reduction in the fiscal deficit due to increased revenue mobilization, Bhutan faces challenges with a projected widening fiscal deficit, driven by reduced grant estimates. The total public debt has risen to alarming levels, reaching 136.8 percent of GDP, primarily attributed to hydropower …

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EDITORIAL-Pursuing Zero Corruption for a Prosperous Bhutan

Corruption is a corrosive force that eats away at the foundations of a nationโ€™s progress and prosperity. In Bhutan, recent reports from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) have shed light on both positive developments and persistent challenges in our ongoing battle against corruption. As a nation that values Gross National Happiness, it is crucial that we remain steadfast in our pursuit …

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EDITORIAL-A Revival of Hope for Bhutanโ€™s Handicraft Industry and Beyond

In an era marked by unprecedented challenges, a beacon of hope is emerging in Bhutanโ€™s handicraft industry. This sector, once heavily reliant on tourism, faced a daunting decline due to the pandemic and subsequent changes in tourism policies. However, a remarkable resurgence, centered around cultural T-shirts, is breathing new life into the industry, offering a ray of hope for artisans …

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EDITORIAL-Upholding Professionalism and Personal Integrity- The Cornerstone of Public Sector Efficiency

In the intricate embroidery of a nationโ€™s development, the public sector stands as a formidable thread, woven into the very fabric of the nationโ€™s welfare and progress. At the heart of this sector are the diligent civil servants, working tirelessly to steer the ship of governance towards the shores of national prosperity. In Bhutan, the Royal Civil Service Commission has …

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EDITORIAL-Reviving Bhutanโ€™s Tourism and Striking the Right Balance

In 1974, Bhutan opened its doors to tourism, a significant milestone after centuries of isolation. As it embraced this new era, the government meticulously adopted a high-value, low-volume tourism policy. The intention was clear: to harness the benefits of tourism while shielding the nation from the potential detriments of mass influx. However, recent policy changes have ignited a debate on …

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