To tax or not to tax

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Laws are good; laws are bad. And when too many heads blabber and fight their way through to give their own interpretation to the clauses of the numerous laws, legislations tend to lose all their meaning and purpose.

Crowd sourcing IT solutions

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It may have been a small step but another significant transition in terms of public service delivery occurred yesterday.

Diff’rent folks, diff’rent strokes

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A four-minute video clip from the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament, is making the rounds, much to the amusement of Indian parliamentarians and the media.

Improving urban public transport

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An electric beep alerts the waiting passengers seated on steel benches at a bus stop- “Your next bus is arriving in two minutes.” The passengers ready their smartcard. The bus arrives on time.

Don’t mistake freedom for license

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The High Court yesterday warned a contractor that the court would initiate contempt proceedings if he continued to make unsolicited comments and mislead the general public.

A cold blooded reminder

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Residents of Kingarabten in Trongsa are disturbed after the gruesome murder of a woman and her grandson. We come across such crimes only in the movies. But it has happened, here at home, in a small rural community.

Combating white collar crime

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When the Royal Insurance Corporation Ltd announced a Nu 1 million bounty on an employee, who absconded after embezzling Nu 91.6 million, everybody was talking about the reward.

Giving and receiving

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The gift rule is back in focus again. This time it is from the dzongkhags. Bumthang is the first to initiate a gift registration system. The dzongdag’s personal assistant will be a little busier.

The perils of rumour and gossip

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Although it could be dismissed as a generalisation, it has always been said that Bhutanese are good at speculating. If that is not enough, the rumour and gossip mills are as active as ever.

A much needed service

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Next Monday, the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services will be established although the first helicopter will arrive only in November. This will officially herald in the much talked about helicopter service in the country.

The new dispensation

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It was busy yesterday (Friday), with Thimphu residents engaging in another round of exchange of goodwill and offering of khadars, as a new group of officers take up important posts in the government and constitutional offices.

Living in new times

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Until recently we were concerned about the dilution of our culture due to the influence of the West.  We were not alone.  The whole of Asia, home to rich cultures and traditions, was worried.  To counter the decadent western influence, some rose to the occasion.

A safe haven

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The Global Tiger Day observed yesterday was to be celebrated indeed. A report on the tiger population revealed that Bhutan is richer by about 28 more tigers than the last count 17 years ago. We now have 103 Royal Bengal tigers.