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Healers sans Hippocratic oath

Sonam sprained two fingers at a football match in Changlimithang on Saturday.  As he was being substituted, his friends brought out the names of at least three local healers he should immediately visit. The nearest was the national referral hospital with x-ray machines, orthopedists and painkillers available all round the …

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An unhealthy trend

Kuensel on Sunday received an invitation to cover an inauguration of a community centre. It is a normal routine to receive invitations to cover events, except that this one had a warning attached to it. If the event were not covered, they would not cooperate with Kuensel in future! The …

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Give DDM its right of place

More than three years after the enactment of the Disaster Management Act, we hear that we do not even have an emergency operation centre. Why we do not have an instant command centre yet, we would like to know. The centre is a critical component of disaster management system in …

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Looking forward to the fest

Thimphu residents will not run short of entertainment for about a week, as a plethora of artists, both local and international, congregate in the capital city for the biggest Bhutan international festival. It is the first time the country is hosting an international festival, that too of film, music, art, …

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Fuel and prices

With the latest price cut, petrol and diesel today are at their cheapest for many years now. The price of petrol, which touched Nu 73 a litre in July 2013, has dropped by a whopping Nu 16 a litre. Diesel prices at one time reached that of petrol in 2013.  …

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Post exam angst

Much to the relief of students and school authorities, the class XII results are now out.  With the controversy surrounding the leaked English II paper, there was unease and uncertainties, but surprisingly, the final results have something to cheer about. It is, according to officials, the best results in a …

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Communities comes of age

Pemagatshel may be a backward dzongkhag, economically, but when it comes to expressing their rights, they are not far behind. The villagers of Nangkhor stopped a private mining company from digging below their village.  When villagers were consulted about the mine, not many agreed to the idea.  A vote was …

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Market forces or middlemen machinations?

Bhutan’s vegetable export is increasing at a steady pace.  We are well on track to meet the target of 7,500 metric tonnes a year by 2018. But there is hardly anything to rejoice.  We are importing almost five times more than what we export.  For instance, we exported vegetables worth …

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A special ‘labour camp’

The labour ministry’s initiative to organise vocational education camp in winter deserves fulsome praise.  It is a great initiative, particularly at a time when thousands of our young people are not in school and whiling away their time doing things that are not productive. At the first winter camp in …

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Back to basics

Not so long ago, we believed that as a small country with a small population, food self-sufficiency wasn’t a huge concern, and that it was within our grasp.  That was when our farms were the source of livelihood, and farmers stayed back to produce food. A lot has changed since …

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Too much chop and change

I’s an expressway!  No, it’s an urban road network.  Wait, It was a road link, but now it will be an expressway. Confusing?  Yes.  But more confusing are the decisions authorities take to ensure the 6.2-kilometre long double lane Babesa-Thimphu road is safe for motorists and pedestrians. In the latest …

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The elephant in the room

The government has lived up to its promise, even if partly, when it comes to providing a power tiller for each of the 1,040 chiwogs in the country.  The tillers arrived, literally with a bang, as 25 of them roared away from Mongar town last week. About 70 have been …

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Subjective justice?

With the Anti Corruption Commission issuing suspension orders to the two civil servants for alleged involvement in the lhakhang Karpo case, there are many questions being asked.  This is because, a few days earlier, the government granted the foreign minister ‘authorised absence.’ The first question on many minds is why …

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