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Change may be expensive, but change we must

Education in Bhutan has taken on varied changes over the years. Even as we are grappling with rising youth unemployment which we are told is the result of skills mismatch, we are talking about 21st century education. We are fording into the future with lofty dreams and certain confidence. But …

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Looking beyond suicide itself

It is sad that one of the serious scourges of modern Bhutan – suicide – doesn’t get the attention it really deserves. Some even hold that Bhutanese have no reason whatsoever to take their own lives. Trivialising the issue by brushing aside the seriousness if this national malady is being …

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For the sake of children

Bhutan may be committed to protect its children from all forms of violence, but reports indicate that the country is not doing much. The low prosecution level of child molestation cases suggests that investigating agencies aren’t doing much in gathering evidence. The buck is passed to the Office of the Attorney …

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The value of discourse

What is the status of democracy in Bhutan? Is the status of political parties reflecting the state of democracy? How do we engage youth in the democratic process, are there enough civic education? Are we creating an environment of fear? What are the ideologies of our political parties? Yesterday, the …

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An end and a beginning

When the National Council members of the third Parliament took office yesterday, it marked a beginning, an end and continuity. It marked a decade of Bhutan’s transition into a constitutional democracy. The Council is blend of change and continuity, a continuous house in our parliamentary framework. Members who took office …

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The medium is the message

More Bhutanese are communicating through social media than ever before. Aided by technology, social media platforms have broken geographical and literacy barriers enabling anyone with a smartphone to connect with people anywhere, anytime. It has facilitated the creation of groups by bringing together individuals, who share recreational, social, political, or …

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Water shortage must be addressed

Water shortage has hit homes in the capital again. Authorities such as the municipality call it a seasonal phenomenon. We call it a manmade hazard. Bhutan’s per capita water availability may be one of the highest in the region but weak water distribution system has perennially left the taps at …

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An apolitical civil service

With political parties especially the ruling party approaching in-service civil servants to become their candidates, concerns are raised on the apoliticalness of the civil service. The government, the ruling party, has confirmed that it has approached civil servants to become its candidates to contest in the upcoming elections. The civil …

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Housing must receive priority

Starting July, almost 300 families who have been living across the border in Jaigaon will move into the National Housing Development Corporation Ltd. (NHDCL) housing colony in Phuentsholing. The news has been received well for it has come years after Bhutanese families were pushed to live across the border due …

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Put the khegpa fear to rest

Who are the bolero-driving khegpas (headhunter) creating fear among the people of the east? The story of khegpa doing their rounds in villages emerged from Mongar. They were then spotted somewhere in Trashigang. When a group of villagers tried to get at them they got away and were last seen …

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