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Ambiguous employment

Bhutan’s problem is not only with unemployment. With much attention and resources spent on giving work to jobless, we have overlooked the problems the employed face. Penden Cement Authority, the institution that’s touted to have cemented the foundation of Bhutan’s infrastructural needs has violated labour rules. It has kept more …

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Problems facing our schools

It is good news that Tsirangtoed Central School has now started to function as a proper school. The school until recently had no classrooms to deliver academic lessons to the students. While the schools across the country were rushing with lessons and other activities, students of Tsirangtoed Central School were …

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Elections should be people centric

More than 432,000 Bhutanese are eligible to vote in the National Council elections next month, which is about half of the country’s population. Along with the number of eligible voters, which has increased since the country’s first election when it saw 312, 817 voters, the number of council candidates and …

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Education and challenges

Textbooks ridden with mistakes are a problem. And we are talking about the declining quality of education. The real problem, however, seems to be that we are so uncomfortable accepting our flaws. Such thinking will not take us anywhere. The good news is that the Royal Education Council is making …

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Deterring drug abuse

Atleast one-person was arrested everyday in connection to controlled substances this year in Thimphu. Records show that 98 individuals comprising 71 abusers and 27 traffickers were caught in the capital until March 14. Among the seized substances were 14,898 SP plus capsules. A nationwide crackdown on drugs has begun since …

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What does tigers walking urban roads tell us?

A visitor from the wild that walked down our roads recently did so in a way we are now compelled to measure ourselves to our words. A tiger comes to town. Casually as it did is worrying. The rare denizen of our wild coming down to human settlements in broad day …

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Support entrepreneurship

Even with the country abuzz with the national council elections, the past few days saw youth in the limelight. The national start-up weekend saw youth pitching hundreds of business ideas that were powered by technology. Of the 157 business ideas, the top five bagged grants to support their projects. At …

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Graduating from LDC and looking forward

As clichéd as the phrase is, no news is good news. But it’s been all news all day for Bhutan for some years now. We are talking about Bhutan’s certain graduation from the list of the least developed countries (LDC) by 2021. What does this development leap mean for Bhutan? …

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Importance of using franchise

Bhutan has nominated 130 candidates for the upcoming National Council elections, the highest number to date. This is more than twice the number of candidates that were nominated to contest the 2008 and 2013 elections. In 2008, the country saw 52 candidates and there were 67 candidates vying for a …

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For better healthcare, begin with appointment system

Patient complaints, particularly at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, have been mostly about long waiting time. Because of the resulting stress on the patients, health services of all manners that the hospital provides are often and, quite naturally, looked upon as wanting in quality. The initiative that …

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