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Resource waste must be stopped

Misuse of public resources is criminal. We are talking about financial irregularities in the government offices.  The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has unearthed quite a bit of cases related to misuse of public or state money, the most recent one being irregularities related to payment of DSA to health officials. …

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The crime of inaction?

In February this year, a teacher in Gelephu was charged for attempting to rape a student and allegedly molesting four others. The incident, which involved girls between 12-14 years​, occurred last April. This April, a vice principal of a private school in Thimphu was detained for allegedly molesting nine girl …

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Using our franchise meaningfully

The New Year begins for the Bhutanese, in a sense, this season this year. Spring, the seasonal age of rejuvenation, is almost over. We are waking up to a new dawn this hour. The nation is preparing for a relook into its past and craning out beyond the home turf …

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Violence against women and girls is endemic

Our women and children are not safe. They are not safe at homes, at work and in schools. The recent report of a health technician sexually assaulting a patient attendant after injecting her with an anaesthetic drug is sickening and the news of a vice principle of a private charity …

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Protect before preserving

Choeten and lhakhang, the sacred sanctums that the Bhutanese venerated deeply are today under threat. We hear about vandalism and theft of relics almost every day. Our religious and heritage sites are increasingly becoming vulnerable to the shocking and deplorable manifestations of human greed. Recently, Mongar’s dzongkhag court sentenced 12 …

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The politics of opening a college

The College of Rigney in Trashiyangtse is now renamed as the College of Zorig Chusum. Following media reports on the closure of the college of Rigney in Trashiyangtse, the labour ministry swiftly moved a note sheet to rename the college, which the prime minster approved. But reports from the field …

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Calling for high moral and professional standards in hospitals

Hospitals and health centres are places where people come to seek critical health services and feel safe, not to get sexually assaulted. Reportedly, an incident occurred on April 5 where an operating theatre (OT) technician allegedly sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman attendant after injecting an anaesthetic drug. The technician called …

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​Qualification recognition conundrum

In less than two weeks, the country will elect its National Council members. With election boards now plastered with campaign materials, public debates and common forums underway​,​ and postal ballot envelopes visible, there appears to be some sense, if not enthusiasm, of an election process being underway. Perhaps, this is …

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Unemployment, education, and the future

At a time when youth unemployment in the country is increasing by the year, looking at the future of education is more than just significant because talking about the future of education is looking at the future of the nation. If as education officials maintain that the education system that …

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Rethinking education

The education ministry has announced that the 12th Plan will focus on teacher development initiatives. The requirement of a ​master‘s degree for teachers is among the  plans the ministry wants to implement to empower ​our teachers. It plans to provide housing, professional development training​,​ and laptops to teachers.  These initiatives …

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