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We could do with fewer gewogs than we have

Is reduction in the number of gewogs good? Looking from the perceptive of administrative efficiency the fewer the number of gewogs we have the better. When decentralisation process began in the early 1980s Bhutanese communities were far apart from each other, separated by difficult terrain. That was perhaps the reason …

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Let the people decide

The Election Commission of Bhutan has the responsibility to conduct free and fair elections, not to decide for the people. The High Court’s ruling in the ​Commission vs Druk Gaki Tshogpa case made this point clear to the commission, which while vetting aspiring political parties for registration had gone beyond …

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Report to remove fake accounts

We have seen it in the past. It is here again. In the days ahead as election nears we will see more of it in their varied shades and manifestations. Should we be worried? Attacks on individuals, groups and organisations are so distastefully rampant it borders on the militancy. And …

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Youth, whose responsibility?

A  series of activities are underway across the country today to keep the youth productively engaged during their summer holidays. These activities celebrate youth and are held to nurture and harness their potentials. Such efforts are commendable. But there is a small but growing number of youth who are increasingly getting …

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Cutting alcohol consumption is the answer

It bears out what even our uninformed guess would have told us. Alcohol liver disease (ALD) remains the leading cause of death in the country. According to the annual health bulletin 2018, 166 Bhutanese died of alcohol-related diseases last year. A small decrease in the number of deaths due to …

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An unclean Bhutan `

Earlier this week, photographs of Japanese team bowing out of the World Cup after cleaning their dressing room grabb​ed headlines. The team lost​,​but they made their country proud. Around the same time, back home, Choekor ​Gewog in Bumthang hosted cordycep auction for two days. When the auction closed, the place …

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Are we failing our children?

The news of the three under-14 girls, who have been facing repeated sexual assault where they ought to have been most safe, is disquieting. The alleged perpetrator of the despicable crime on these minors is their 83-year-old great-grandfather. The stepmother of the 13-year-old girl believes that the child could have …

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The fear of being politically linked

With election mood picking pace, there appears to be a growing apprehension among institutions of being affiliated to political parties. When the issues on fiscal incentives and compound wall built for the prime minister’s residence came up, both the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Royal Audit Authority (RAA), the institutions …

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Youth and crime

We saw it coming. Increasing crime rate is not an encouraging sign of development. This year saw the national crime rate shoot up by worrying 95 percent – 4081 crimes were reported against the previous year’s record of 2,093. With high youth unemployment in the country, bigger population centres are …

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Make roads safer

The recent mishap at Jumja, Chukha where two young lives were lost has shuddered the people. The Thimphu–Phuentsholing highway, which sees the highest volume of vehicular traffic remains the most accident-prone road in the country today. With landslides routine, loosened boulders roll off the hill crushing vehicles and passengers to …

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