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A cause of great concern

The latest statistics on our import and export is scary. It is a big cause of concern. The country’s biggest export, hydropower, is not able to meet the demand for fossil fuel. We exported Nu 10.5 billion worth of clean electricity from hydropower. But we imported Nu10.2 billion worth of fossil …

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Working from outside Thimphu

The scarcity of health professionals has become so acute that an ultimatum has to be issued to ensure that they leave to the place they are transferred to. It is not the best way to send or leave to a new workplace. Not especially if your work is to treat …

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The cost of bad planning

The idea was good, but the execution was not. Thimphu city has expanded, urbanising villages on its periphery. With rapid urbanisation, the demand for amenities grew too. A sewage treatment plant was planned at Hejo. It was a different kind, one that would take up less space, money and popular …

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Challenges facing tourism sector

At a time when the government is making serious effort to take tourism to the top, reports tell us that a lot of things ought to be improved first if tourism is to be the biggest contributor to the nation’s economy. Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) exit survey 2018 found …

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When farmers are forgotten

Our cardamom farmers are unhappy. Reports from various parts of the country show that the price the government is offering to buy back the spice is not upto the expectations of the farmers. The Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (FBCL) argues that the produce the farmers are selling do not …

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Waste, a problem we can manage

Of late, waste management has picked some momentum. With the recent banning of plastic bags and wrappers, all the more. The challenge is to keep the thrust going. For instance, Trashtag Challenge that began in the country with such uplifting rapidity died a quiet death all of a sudden. Waste will …

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The gaydrung enigma

In the last four months, four different decisions by four separate institutions were taken for the gaydrungs, the gewog clerks. The national assembly in January resolved to retain the post. On March 5, the home ministry issued an order extending their contract by another three months. The next day, the royal civil service …

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Make ranking schools meaningful

There is not only inherently, but also dangerously wrong about ranking schools. The idea is at best anachronistic. When the whole system is streamlined in such a way that there ought not to be any difference at all among the Bhutanese schools, what purpose does the ranking serve, really? It …

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The purpose of salary revision

There has been a lot of debate, if not discourse, on the proposed pay and allowances since the Pay Commission’s report was made public on Tuesday. The general mood, from both online and offline discussions, is that the proposed revision and allowances are skewed towards who already earn a lot. …

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Are we forgetting the nitty-gritty in the planning?

We are faced with new challenges—of the modern day Bhutan. Development is good, but how well we manage the change is, not quite. The rising population of stray dogs has been one of the major problems facing the country. It continues to be a serious problem. Controlling dog population now …

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The proposed pay revision

The Pay Commission’s report on the salary revision is out. By late last night, the math had been done to look for the “Wow” factor. The joke going around is there is only “Pou” and “Aoow’ factor, indicating that the proposed revision is again benefiting the ministers, parliamentarians and top …

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The Olakha workshop predicament

The case between automobile workshop owners in Olakha, Thimphu and their landlords cannot go unnoticed. It is important. It affects us all. Those running the workshop are against the hike in rent followed by an ultimatum to vacate. Landlords want to renovate the buildings or expand it to make most …

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Feeding our children

The government is confused. After its indecisiveness on whether vocational education should be with the labour or education ministry, the government has announced to hand over the school feeding programme’s revised stipend from the education to the agriculture ministry. The decision to transfer the increased stipend to the agriculture ministry …

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