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Promoting the national language

There is yet another attempt to promote Dzongkha, our national language. This time, it is with a different approach. The Dzongkha Development Commission will sign a compact with the Prime Minister that all official correspondences will be made in Dzongkha. It is a tricky agreement. The DDC is actually imposing …

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Unemployment and private sector growth

Of the many new challenges facing our rapidly changing society today, unemployment is perhaps the biggest. And while we continue to make a poor hand at addressing the problem, the situation is fast descending into the darkest depths. Because we are a country with one of the youngest populations—going by …

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A collective responsibility

Every life is precious. Losing someone can cause so much grief. It’s worst when a young life is lost, especially for no fault of theirs. The murder of a seven-year-old boy in Jigmecholing, Gelephu, is unfortunate. The innocent child was last seen with a 19-year-old man, who confessed to the …

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So that we are not beaten hollow

For many Bhutanese September 10 passed without any special significance. There was nothing out of the common about the day that just slipped by. But for the members of the society who are in the know and care, to let the World Suicide Prevention Day go conspicuously unmarked was more …

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Making media accountable

In a simple ceremony last week, the Media Council was formalised. The establishment of the Council, even if it didn’t gather much attention, is an important step in the field of media development. The Council is an independent body with its board members both representing media and the government. On …

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Complacency should be nipped in the bud

The bottom seems to be falling out in our efforts to contain the outbreak of dengue fever in the border town of Phuentsholing. Going by the day-to-day update of the cases since the first week of July this year, the matters are a far cry from well in hand. While …

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On moral grounds

There is a lot of interest in the much-publicised case of the home minster and the labour ministry’s director general. There is public interest because one is an elected official – a cabinet minister, and the other, a senior official at the executive level. The interest is heightened by wanting to …

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Putting people at the centre

Almost five decades after the decentralisation process started, our decision-makers are still struggling to put people at the centre of decisions. The recent Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu decision to blacktop the Merak gewog centre road from Chaling route instead of Khardung route is one such case. The route from Khardung was …

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Climate change and media

It may be an exaggeration, but it is said that the fight against climate change could be won or lost on the pages of newspapers, on TV and radio broadcasts and now, on the internet and mobile phones. This indicates the importance of media.  Journalists and social media influencers can warn about extreme …

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More needs to be done to deal with cervical cancer

Cervical cancer continues to be the most common cancer in women in Bhutan with an estimated incidence of 20/100,000 women. And because more than half the cases are diagnosed when the cancer is already at a matured stage, mortality rate ensuing from the illness is high. Bhutan has come a …

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Fixing accountability

Dagana dzongkhag had been making headlines recently, unfortunately all for the wrong reasons. From planning blunders that resulted in dry irrigation canals and cold storages worth millions going to waste to shortage of human resources like doctors and engineers and fuel for ambulance that resulted in the tragic death of …

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Social well-being is a shared responsibility

As the Royal Bhutan Police celebrated their 54th Raising Day yesterday, it was a solemn occasion to acknowledge the contributions of the police force in maintaining the law and order and, by extension, public safety in our fast-changing society. More important, however, it was a moment to pause and reflect …

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How to take tourism to the top

Bhutan has long been a highlight of travel in Asia. So it makes sense that efforts are underway to improve the quality of tourism in the country. The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) says it wants to take the status quo shimmering “to the top”. But while the dialogues are centered …

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