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We can and should minimise medical errors

Medical errors could be the biggest killer in Bhutan after noncommunicable diseases like stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory, and alcohol-related diseases. Sadly, however, medical errors and their causes are least studied and understood in the country due to lack of data, inexperienced staff, inadequate skills, influences of traditional beliefs and practices. …

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More than a political promise

Despite laws and commitments to do more both at home and abroad, we continue to fall short in protecting our children from violence. Sexual abuse against children remains prevalent in the country and the way we are handling it shows that we are doing little to address this issue. Earlier …

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Setting the right precedent

As we welcome the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) to form the government for the next five years, it is an opportune time to introspect the journey the country has undertaken under democracy for the last 10 years. It is a good time to assess the successes and failures, and make …

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Felicitating, a privilege?

Thousands of khadars and good will were exchanged in the last two days as people poured in to congratulate the members of parliament and the cabinet ministers. It was a busy time for most in the capital but many would agree that the work done was minimal. As well wishers including civil …

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For a new beginning

It was an auspicious day yesterday. And it was a busy day too. With the dawning of the day, we saw the Central Monk Body leave their winter residence, Tashichhodzong for Punakha. Thousands of people lined up the road to bid farewell to the monk body and receive blessings from …

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Here comes the government

Dr Lotey Tshering, the new prime minister, will receive Dakyen from His Majesty The King today. The ministers will also take office. Finally, we now have a government. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) won the election with pretty big promises woven firmly around the party’s overall vision of narrowing the gap …

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The cabinet 

After much speculation, the government has announced the names of the cabinet ministers.  To an extent, the speculation was roused by the government itself when it promised ministerial berths to its candidates during its campaign. The announcement of the cabinet ministers has now allayed the rumours.  It called for change and the …

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What the EDB report means

Bhutan’s ease of doing business ranking has been falling over the years. But what does it really mean? A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm. The rankings are determined by sorting the aggregate scores on 10 …

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We as the guardians  

We are all keepers of our traditions and cultures that make us all a proud little society altogether.  We are also the keepers of our environment, the poof of which is in the mandate we have imposed upon ourselves in the Constitution to maintain at least 60 percent of our …

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For a new beginning 

When the National Assembly recently elected the Speakers of the third parliament, many observed that members voted along party lines. With the opposition also fielding its nominations for the posts of the speakers this time, the results should be expected. With the ruling party Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa commanding 30 of …

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Coronation of the People’s King

One of the highlights of His Majesty Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s golden reign would be the start of people power in Bhutan as people can elect the government in a democratic way. Bhutanese still vividly remember how the spectacular and emotional coronation took place in three stages. In …

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False information 

Is reporting false information a crime? Yes, it is, and the guilty must suffer consequences. According to the Penal Code of Bhutan, a person shall be guilty of the offence of reporting false information if he or she knowingly reports false information to a lawful authority with the intent to deceive …

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The highlanders

It is often said that the best way to preserve culture and tradition is to share it with others. For Bhutan and her people, its culture and tradition is the way of life. Against the growing influence of globalisation that has not spared Bhutan, the age-old culture and tradition affirms …

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