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Meeting the meat eater’s whim

A lot of air was cleared yesterday, when members of the government, including the Prime Minister, said that the government had never planned to set up slaughterhouses in the country. The government is even willing to stop the meat-processing unit, which is nearing completion, if people are against the idea.  …

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Being prepared

It was all about “what ifs” at a meeting of heads of agencies and organisations to discuss our disaster preparedness. The picture presented was gloomy as members discussed worst-case scenarios.  What if our buildings in the city collapsed, mobile network got clogged or road network were disrupted severely when an …

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The proof of the pudding

On Friday, the Bank of Bhutan added yet another facility, as it keeps up with technology and the varying needs of its clients. The two latest services, mobile banking and agency banking, like its many other services, will make banking friendlier and easier.  Without having to bunk office for a …

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A meaty issue

Bhutanese have never debated so well on anything than on the ongoing issue of the government’s plan to start a meat-processing unit, and therefore slaughterhouses. Most are against it, with religious sentiment gaining momentum being the reason.  The dratshang’s plea to the government has added firepower.  Buddhist country, GNH country, …

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Tenancy Act’s Second Coming

A joint sitting of Parliament has passed the Tenancy Act (amended) yesterday.  It will come into force once it receives Royal Assent. But the parliament endorsing the Act didn’t stir a public discussion like when it was first proposed in 2004.  Forced by urban growth and pressure on housing, the …

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Lest we forget

Not long ago, when we were not what we are today, one thing that really didn’t bother us was what we consumed. Some cultivated land, some reared cattle and others bartered what they grew or produced.  Rice, corn, wheat or barley was in short supply, but we were happy.  Farmers …

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Another reminder

Alone at home with her five-year-old daughter, a mother texted her husband to come home early, if he could.  She was scared.  With the gossip mill churning out stories of another big one coming soon, the second big earthquake in Nepal yesterday afternoon shook us again. There are no reports …

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Bringing our posterity well

Our cities and towns are rapidly becoming home to increasing number of desperate young people. Our young people are our hope, our guardians of peace and leaders of our prosperity. But, how are our young people really growing up? Youth crime is growing in our cities and our towns. We …

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For the convenience of us all

In what will be a welcome change on the Thimhu-Babesa expressway, the Thimphu thromde will start designating pick up and drop off stands to ease traffic congestion. This is one facility conspicuously missing on our roads, whether it is in small towns or the capital. Without such a facility, taxis …

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