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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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Encourage self-employment among youth

Unemployment, youth unemployment in particular, which hovers around 13 percent as we speak could get worse and compel us to deal with the issues well into the next decade. The prognosis is going by the number of jobs we are able to create against the number of young people alighting …

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Students and alcohol

Despite efforts to make schools safe and free of controlled substances, our students are increasingly coming in conflict with law. Students from Changzamtog MSS recently walked to some 400 shops near their campus to advocate on illicit sale of alcohol and controlled substances. It is unlikely that the shops would …

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Weaning ourselves off plastic bags

When we talk about the growing problem of waste in the major towns and cities, there is a need to look at what kind of waste make up a significant amount that go to the disposal sites. Our drains are often clogged with discarded plastic waste. Landfill sites are filled …

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Stray dogs – whose responsibility?

For the national council candidates in Thimphu, dogs, both pet and stray were one of the main challenges they encountered during their campaigning. What the candidates experienced during their brief time on the streets of Thimphu highlights the plight of the thousands of residents who endure the stray dog menace …

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