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Sober and slow

It is frightening to learn that hundreds of drivers take to the roads without licences. To call the situation appalling would be an overstatement. By right, therefore, we must call attention to the dangers of such unhealthy practices on our roads.

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Dangerous beliefs

The killing of a man suspected of sorcery last year is a disturbing and tragic incident. There was another incident a few years back of another woman suspected of witchery being murdered.

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To be or not to be

We have had a few elected members resigning before completing their tenure for reasons not so convincing enough. The recent being a gup who chose to go abroad barely two months after he was elected.

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Time to delve into our souls

Our small and happy society is no longer at peace with itself. And this is no exaggeration. Kinds and kinds of crimes are growing in the city corners. That’s why the police two years ago came up with an idea to frisk people after 10pm. Going by the records, crime rates may have gone down by numbers appreciable, but intensity has grown by much more.

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We must do more

We have run a number of articles on arrests and convictions of drug dealers and abusers. The articles are straightforward. A man or woman was arrested for illegally possessing so and so drug and is likely to face so many years of imprisonment. Sometimes we provide a detail or two on how they may have been attempting to smuggle the drugs, and comment or two from a police official. Occasionally, we run a photograph of the seized drugs. That’s about it.

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Public view must be sought for standard signage rule

The signboard standardisation rule is upon us again. Thimphu Thromde is expected to implement the rule very soon, which means signboards in the city will have to be designed as per the guidelines and should be approved by the authorities. In the event of noncompliance, person or business responsible will be fined according to the number of days of violation.

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The media

The Constitution guarantees the right to all Bhutanese citizens to ask questions. It also guarantees the right of a citizen to not answer a question and journalists are aware that this right goes both ways.

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