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Strengthening local governments

As the process of decentralisation speeds up, the need to strengthen local government has become ever so urgent. For the roots of democratic culture to dig deep into the consciousness of the communities, strong and vibrant system of local governance has to be nurtured. When governments at the grassroots fail, …

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Fighting corruption is everyone’s responsibility

 A complaint was filed with the Anti-Corruption Commission almost everyday. This is , however, 13 percent drop from the previous year.  The commission’s annual report 2017 does not state  reasons for the decline and past reports show that this has been the trend. Some see the drop in the number …

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Water shortage in water abundant Bhutan?

The problem of water shortage has been increasing in Bhutan over the years. This problem in a country that is rich in water is ironic. Climate change could be contributing to the drying up of water sources. That is why growing cities like Thimphu and Phuentsholing are running short of …

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The neglected sector

Bhutan worked towards achieving food self-sufficiency since the first Plan. After more than 50 years of planned development, we are only 47 percent self-sufficient in rice.  The state of agriculture sector today shows that Bhutan is an agrarian society that does not prioritise and value the agriculture sector. The sector …

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LPG: Break the hoarding culture

We have been experiencing the shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from time to time. It was in Thimphu two months ago. Now the shortage is being felt in six dzongkhags of Sarpang, Tsirang, Dagana, Zhemgang, Bumthang, and Trongsa. LPG is the principal cooking fuel in both urban and rural …

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Protect our children

The rising number of reported sexual violence cases against children should worry all Bhutanese. What is more concerning is that we are not doing much about it either. Several cases of child abuse were reported in the country in recent months. Save the Bjemina incident in Thimphu where the teacher …

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Need to boost agriculture productivity

South Asian experts spelling out grim picture of food shortage in the region in the coming years if measures are not put in place to boost agriculture products is a serious warning to Bhutan’s agriculture, food security and self-sufficiency dream. The region is already facing challenges to meet the rising …

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Saving the environment, on paper

After Samdrupjongkhar ​T​hromde committed to become the first plastic​-​free city in the country, Tsirang ​too has decided to go plastic​-​free. Even though these moves have come 19 years after Bhutan first banned plastics, the decision to make communities plastic​-​free is encouraging. That is, if ​the effort is sustained. The ​issue …

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Health and politics

To protect the lives of children and the elderly, the health ministry announced the introduction of three new vaccines this week. Starting next January, the pneumococcal, rotavirus and flu vaccine will be administered to children and the elderly. Pneumococcal vaccine will prevent pneumonia and meningitis among others while the rotavirus …

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