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Treading the last mile

We have come a long way since the Millennium Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York a decade and a half ago. The world leaders signed a declaration at the summit to create a more prosperous, peaceful and equal world. Global peace and prosperity has come to mean …

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At stake in the lhakhang Karpo case

Two years after the Gyalpoizhing case in Mongar, all eyes will now shift to west Bhutan, in Haa, where the Office of the Attorney General will prosecute foreign minister Rinzin Dorje in connection with alleged corruption in the lhakhang Karpo case. The foreign minister, who was the dzongda when the …

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Traffic safety, first and last

Ap Sha is a strict taxi driver now.  He will not let mothers with infants sit in the front seat of his taxi.  He is adamant that his passengers are buckled up.  At zebra crossings, he slows down and lets pedestrians cross. After attending the daylong session on road safety, …

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The future of our farms

The regional climate change conference that concluded yesterday was a stark reminder of our priorities. In the midst of all the talk and discussions of relaxing foreign direct investment, slackening GDP growth and increasing unemployment, even for the trained and the educated, we are reminded of an important sector, the …

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Big Brother lurking?

Traffic problem is growing in the major cities of this country, particularly in the crowded place like Thimphu. That’s why there is now the talk of setting up Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) – advanced applications that will allow users to be better informed to make safe and more coordinated and …

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A new dilemma

If there is one revered profession in Bhutan, it is teaching.  That’s why many parents advise their children, especially girls, to become teachers – a noble profession. That was when jobs were aplenty and teaching was the last option for graduates.  In recent times, if there is one thing making …

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Missing the big picture

Apart from the famous mathra and yathra, Bumthang is known for frequent power blackouts.  Just recently, the dzongkhag was left without power for almost 20 hours. The spiritual heartland of the country, and one of the most visited places by tourists, Bumthang is a popular dzongkhag with its vast flatlands …

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Balancing revenue and expenditure

We are living beyond our means.  Our current expenditure is increasing every year, while our domestic revenue doesn’t seem to grow apace. The country’s domestic revenue is projected to increase by 12.5 percent from 3.6 percent in the last fiscal year.  At the same time, current expenditure is estimated to …

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Murder most foul

It is not often that we hear of cold-blooded murders in the country.  But the once in a while a case is enough to give us the shivers. The now apparent murder of a young man at the Central Plaza shopping complex in Lungtenphu, earlier this week, came as a …

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BCSEA must regain public trust

Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) will not reconduct BHSEC-XII English II examination. That is one of the greatest shockers the nation got in recent memory as BCSEA issued a communiqué to the media houses yesterday. The board has decided to evaluate English II paper and award the …

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