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The 12th Plan

A lot has been discussed about the 12th Plan, which government officials say is still being refined and finalised and so not yet shared with the people.  It is a different story that political parties clandestinely managed to get hold of the draft Plan so that they could align the …

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Addressing unemployment demands clear objective and sustained effort

Youth unemployment is perhaps the biggest social and economic problem we are confronted with today. And it is growing. Skills mismatch, lack of entrepreneurship, life skills-based education, and access to capital are among the primary factors that contribute to the problem that has serious personal and social costs. We are beginning …

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Train teachers first for change

Major changes in the education are in the offing. That’s good because our education system must change with the changing times. Perhaps the challenges that we are facing today have their roots in our inability to walk with the demands of the dawning or at least the experience of something …

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Maternity allowance 

The government has announced that it would pay maternity allowance to rural mothers only if they fulfil the requirements it sets. Mothers would be eligible for the allowance if they do not miss the routine antenatal check up and deliver in a hospital. Those who deliver abroad and at home …

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo

Those of us who were at the National Day celebration ground in Samste or who watched it on the national television must have seen our 70thJe Khenpo, His Holiness Trulku Jigme Chhoedra. A diminutive figure always bending lower than even the most reverent people who throng to him in droves. He …

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The importance of bureaucracy

While addressing the nation from Samtse yesterday during the 111th National Day celebrations, His Majesty The King reiterated the importance of the bureaucracy, establishing, in the royal view, a clear path for the civil servants. His Majesty reminded the civil servants about the enormity of the development plans and commanded …

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The 111th National Day 

Never has Samtse town been so full of life and colour. There is excitement and sense of nervousness in the air. As the home of the 111thNational Day, Samtse is decked out to specialness that is big in every sense. The number of people and vehicles on the streets is …

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Urgent call of an ailing nation

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the biggest health challenge facing the country today. Rise in preventable deaths over the years have been staggering; referral cases and costs, mostly for advanced NCDs, have been doubling over the years. According to World Health Organisation, close to 70 percent of all deaths in the …

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And the govt. intervenes

The government has announced that it would buy back the unsold stock of cardamom that farmers have been unable to sell and export.  Given the issues with its export and the desperation of farmers, this move from the government could come as a relief to many. The scheme however, comes …

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Decongesting Thimphu

Thimphu city is still being built and it is growing at an unprecedented rate. The most common sight is the beehive of construction activity from Changtagang in the north to Ngabirongchhu in the south. But the capital city has not finished growing. In the meantime, there is no space for …

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Talking about education quality

It is not so much about the issue of access as it is about the quality whenever the subject of discussion on the table is education. The falling education standards or the declining quality of education is also, often, fiercely debated in the two houses of the Parliament. What we …

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CoS resuscitates

In what could be the first for the new government, the Cabinet has overturned the last government’s decision by reinstituting the Committee of Secretaries (CoS).   Where the last Cabinet believed that the CoS was functioning as a parallel government, taking decisions beyond their purview, in matters of foreign policy, …

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Development activities must speed up

The Prime Minister told the press in a recent meeting with the representatives of the media houses that the members of the Parliament in general and the Cabinet in particular have not been sitting idly by.  The words of the prime minister so, on Friday last, were deeply reassuring. In …

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