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Need to tackle urban unemployment

Although youth unemployment has come down to 10.6 percent from 13.2 percent, the improvement does not necessarily point to a commendable achievement. In the period of more than ten years, the percentage of youth unemployment has been thereabout more or less. On foot of our failure to deal with the …

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Road safety needs attention

An average of almost 1,000 road crashes occur in Bhutan every year according to records between 2005 and 2017. With increased motorisation, at least three motor vehicle accidents are reported everyday in the country today. In these 12 years, at least 80 lives were lost and 468 injured every year. …

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Dealing with bullying

The video clip of a bully hitting a man in Ngabephu, Thimphu and forcing him to kiss his shoes, which is being widely circulated on social media, is appalling. Although not openly acknowledged, bullying happens everywhere in our society – in workplaces, schools, and in gatherings small and big. Often …

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State of the nation

What is the state of the nation today? The prime minister’s state of the nation report to the ​P​arliament shows much progress in the 11th Plan.  More homes are connected with blacktopped roads and even more vehicles are plying these roads. The government has injected more money into the economy …

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More needs to be done to fight HIV/AIDS

Every time there is a new report from the Ministry of Health about the disease, we find a rise in the number of HIV+ cases in the country. This is worrying. This year, between November and June, 27 new HIV+ cases were detected in the country. Since the first case …

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Changes

A lot has changed in Bhutan. A lot has not. The population and housing census report, which has captured the socio-economic changes and deprivation in the last 12 years also reflects the changes Bhutan saw as a democracy. We are more literate and living longer. Literacy rate, which has reached 71.4 …

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PHC gives us new grounds for planning development

Data, reliable statistics, are at the centre of policy and planning success. As the prime minister said at the launch, the document “gives us a chance to understand the opportunities and risks.” The new population and housing census (PHC) that the National Statistics Bureau released Monday give us new findings, …

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Fix accountability

Our thromdes are not living up to their mandate.  As a part of the local government, thromdes were instituted to facilitate proper town planning and development. Their formation was to promote self-governance, share power with the people and to develop local resources and capabilities. But this is not how the …

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Unemployment: Wishing it away won’t help

There are enough jobs in the country. This is what prime minister said in the National Assembly recently. We have been hearing the same refrain even as unemployment, particularly youth unemployment is growing slowly and steadily. Either the leaders are making a mockery of the rising unemployment or they do …

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Non – compliance to audit observations

The Royal Audit Authority’s report on civil servants indulging in fictitious tours raises serious questions on the professionalism and integrity of the bureaucracy.  Civil servants claiming allowances without travelling or inflating their claims is not new. The audit report only confirms how widespread the practice is and that it has …

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