Editorial

A beautiful story

By early afternoon yesterday, good news from Melbourne reached Bhutan. Conjoined twins Nima and Dawa were successfully separated. The image of the separated twins flooded social media. The news was followed by thousands of congratulatory notes on social media, where Bhutanese were sharing and re-sharing the beautiful story that appeared on many news outlets. The massive operation to separate the …

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Farmers need compensation

It is harvest time across the country. Farmers are busy reaping the fruits of their hard work. It is a beautiful scene seeing farmers threshing paddy in the autumn sun. However, despite the beautiful scenes they create, some farmers are not as happy as many assume. The yield is not only determined by how much hard work was put in. …

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An important responsibility

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa winning 30 seats of 47 will form the new government soon, provided there are no complaints from the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa that would, in a worse case scenario, call for a re-election. The Election Commission of Bhutan has declared the 2018 general election successful. This indicates that there will be no obstacles. DNT will be the …

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Being morally responsible

Accusations are flying thick and fast as the election campaigning is coming to a close. Within a few days, Bhutanese would be heading to the facilitation booths to vote for the candidates. It is not sure how the last few days of campaigning would help the two parties, but what is sure is that the accusations and mudslinging against each …

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Of Campaign and Pledges

With the campaign period at its heights, the two political parties contesting for the general round of election are leaving no stones unturned to wooΒ voters.Β In the process, what seemed like a smooth campaign and election process has come across some hurdles. The informal campaigning on the social media had put some candidates in trouble and there are accusations flung at …

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The people have spoken

Bhutan’s elections are full of surprises. We have seen in the past and on Saturday, the electorate pulled another big surprise. Before the poll day, many have written off the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and thought that the People’s Democratic Party and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa would go on to the general round. PDP was beaten and DPT, the arch rival, …

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Election and violations

The Office of the Media Arbitrator had found that the former National Council Chairperson, Dasho Sonam Kinga (Phd) had violated social media rules and that he had posted his article on Social media at an inappropriate time. Electoral laws prohibits social media user from conveying such communication over social media during the period of election. The case is now referred …

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NC: Public Debate

These days, National Council live debate of all the aspirant candidates is the most talked subject and the most watched telecast. Every Bhutanese are glued to the television set to watch the candidates from their Dzongkhags to make up their mind to cast their franchise for the right aspiring candidates who would make difference to their communities and the country …

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The land issue

Land is scarce and precious. Those who don’t own a plot are suffering. Those who own are making a fortune. Land is granted as Kidu only By His Majesty The King. It is the prerogative of the Druk Gyalpo. Other than that, any ownership unless inherited or bought legally is illegal. With a lot of controversies of land acquisition in …

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The benefits of GST

The economic affairs ministry has warned traders to not consider GST benefits as profit and asking them to pass down the benefits to consumers. The warning comes at the right time when Bhutanese have started feeling the impact of the GST regime in India. Bhutan imports almost everything from India and there will be direct impact on Bhutan from the …

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