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Housing crisis

After corruption, Phuentsholing, the country’s commercial hub is now becoming a hub for crime. A Bhutanese woman was allegedly raped in the Indian border town of Phuentsholing last week. The suspect is reported to be still at large and the brouhaha that ensued online was not enough for authorities to …

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RSF report leaves a lot desired

We condemn the reports of Reporters Without Borders, or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation that claims to promote and defend freedom of information and freedom of the press. In Bhutan’s experience, RSF has repeatedly failed to reflect the true picture of freedom of press in the …

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Premise: Education debate

Debates we must engage in. The more and seriously we do, the better. Without serious debates, there scarcely is anything concrete we can hope for. When the debate is about education, we have got to be all the more solemn and sincere. Trivialising education just because one can say anything …

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Safety first

The conduct of the national council elections and of some teachers encapsulates the week gone by. The former is over and claimed to be fairly smooth. The latter, not quite.  This month, the country was in frenzy over the conduct of some teachers who had allegedly indulged in acts that …

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Inclusive education and challenges

Inclusive education is important. That is why the education ministry’s plans for 12 schools with Special Education Needs (SEN) programme in the 12th Plan was received well. There are today 14 general schools with SEN programme and two special schools. Our efforts to make Bhutanese education inclusive, however, may require …

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Media and their roles

A crime is a crime. But when the perpetrators are those with whom we should feel most safe and secured, how do we deal with it? We are not talking about small acts of thievery and cheat. We are talking about lives and well-being of young boys and girls. Media …

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An encouraging election

The third National Council election was one of the most actively participated council elections the country saw since its transition into a constitutional democracy a decade ago.  It saw the highest number of candidates, 127 contesting the elections and a record voter turn out of 234,535 voters choosing the 20 …

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The third NC election

The results of the third National Council election yesterday, conducted in a free and fair atmosphere, without major hiccups, was a call for change. Most of the 234,545 voters surprised the incumbent members. Only five of the 12 incumbent councillors who made it to the final round were re-elected. Campaigning …

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The mandate

The stage is all set. The election machinery, including officials, is ready. The 127 National Council member aspirants, including six women, have done their homework and campaigning. This morning Bhutan will go to the polls to elect their representative to the National Council. There are 432,030 eligible voters. Women outnumber …

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When fear encourages crime

Soon after the education ministry condemned the vice principal of a charity school in Thimphu for allegedly molesting nine girl students, a principal and a teacher of Haa were detained in Phuentsholing for allegedly throwing a newborn out of a hotel window.  The newborn’s mother works at a Haa  school …

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