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Education: Looking ahead

When education comes to the limelight, it is good. But when policies and blueprints change so often, it is not good. And now we have a new education policy. Changing education policy may be easy on the part of policymakers. It is not for the implementers. Abrupt shift has more …

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Are we losing our priorities?

As the 11th Plan draws to a close, we look to the new Plan period keeping in perspective the real demands of our communities. A system of systematic planning has taught us that even with meagre resources we can achieve desired economic growth and bring commendable improvements to the lives …

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When projects get delayed

Mangdechhu ​Hydropower ​P​roject, which was gearing ​to be commission​ed next month, has pushed its deadline to November. As is the way with most projects executed in the country, the series of delays come as no surprise to the Bhutanese. We have become accustomed to delaying works and have no qualms …

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The exemplary youth

The recent kind gesture of Pema Choki and Tandin Wangchuk, who are Class XII students of Phuentsholing Higher Secondary School and Norbu Academy in Phuentsholing, handing over a plastic bag that they found to Phuentsholing Police, should not go unnoticed by the people. The bag contained Nu 49,000 (forty nine …

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Performance matters

Reforms initiated by the Royal Civil Service Commission to make the civil service more efficient have to an extent pushed civil servants to perform better. The anxiety over the performance of the agencies among civil servants presenting the achievements and failures are palpable at the annual performance agreement review. While …

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Addressing unemployment will require mindset change

Bhutan has reached a critical stage of development where employment seekers outnumber job vacancies. Even as we are – according to some well-regarded financial reports – the fastest-growing economy in the region we do not seem to be creating enough employment opportunities. And the challenge is growing. There was a …

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Resilient roofing guideline is welcome

Due to fragile geological conditions and great elevation difference, Bhutan is prone to many natural disasters. Hazards like earthquake, windstorm, fire, landslide, flash flood, glacial lake outburst flood besides, windstorm is the most common natural disaster that visit us from time to time. Damage suffered has been enormous. Every year …

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Need for improved public transport system

The problem of congestion has been growing due to rise in the number of vehicles. According to records with Road Safety and Transport Authority, we have close to 100,000 vehicles. And the number is only expected to grow with population and income growth. In the bigger towns, lack of parking …

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Change may be expensive, but change we must

Education in Bhutan has taken on varied changes over the years. Even as we are grappling with rising youth unemployment which we are told is the result of skills mismatch, we are talking about 21st century education. We are fording into the future with lofty dreams and certain confidence. But …

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Looking beyond suicide itself

It is sad that one of the serious scourges of modern Bhutan – suicide – doesn’t get the attention it really deserves. Some even hold that Bhutanese have no reason whatsoever to take their own lives. Trivialising the issue by brushing aside the seriousness if this national malady is being …

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