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The bold boulder business

Why is everybody talking about stones and boulders? This is the question on many minds with the issue surrounding the export of stones or boulders to Bangladesh dominating news coverage. It is a valid question. Those not in the business or related to those in the business are wondering why …

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Where did we go wrong?

One way to look at the on going two-day international conference on ‘urban planning and wellbeing’ in the capital city is a response to the resounding call to draw attention to our planning process. The question is what should we expect the conference to achieve? The resounding answer is that …

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Individual effort more important to address NCD

About 51 percent of the death in Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu last year was due to stroke. Non-communicable diseases (NCD) have been on the rise in the country. NCDs are estimated to account for 69 percent of all deaths in Bhutan making it the leading cause of all preventable …

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Violence against women and children

At least five children and a woman were sexually abused every month last year according to cases the office of the attorney general (OAG) received. With underreporting of such crimes endemic in our society, records with OAG do not reveal the whole picture. What it however, does is expose our weakness in …

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Bureaucratising entrepreneurship

Amid efforts to promote entrepreneurship among the youth, most start-ups are not doing well. When business ideas that have won grants and given a promising start do not pick up, we have to accept that there is a problem. And the problems are often not with our young entrepreneurs or …

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Humanity does exist

Quite often we hear of people winning big lottery prizes, of how they by chance, bought a ticket that brought them a fortune and how a friend insisted on buying the last ticket- the     prize winning ticket. But it is not often that we hear of people sharing …

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There are lots under the surface (collection)

Going by recent issues surfacing on surface collection of boulders and exporting them to Bangladesh, there seem to be a rush – a big one. Located on a delta, Bangladesh needs stone. The country is developing fast. It is the second fastest growing economy today. They need stones and boulders …

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It happens only in Bhutan

A small stretch of road near Dantak, Thimphu, was closed for traffic since Monday. It is only about seven metres, not much in length. It was not a disaster. But when it comes to inconvenience, it is a huge problem, although commuters grumble and take the next shortest detour. Everything …

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Conservation vs. economic benefits

The establishment of human-wildlife conflict endowment fund is most welcome. The agriculture ministry’s target is to raise at least USD 35 million. It has reached Nu 40 million. The government will add Nu 16M every year to the fund. The fund will serve as the seed money and compensations for …

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Pressure on our land

Not long ago, landowners of Chang and Barp gewogs (south Thimphu today) wanted to hold on to their ancestral land when the government proposed expanding the city to their agriculture land. Alien concepts like land pooling or land contribution scared farmers. The government had no choice. The capital city was …

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Prioritise road safety 

The tragic mishap in Wangdue, where a bus with 24 people on board plunged into the Punatshangchu, raises the issue on road safety, yet again. Motor vehicle accidents are both traumatic and dramatic. At times like this, we are quick to blame the roads, the weather and the driver for …

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The egg issue

There is good news and bad news in the egg business. The good news is egg, an indispensable part of our diet, is becoming cheaper. From Nu 350 a tray (30 eggs), it has come down to Nu 220 in Thimphu. Given that egg is a good source of protein, …

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