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Youth, whose responsibility?

A  series of activities are underway across the country today to keep the youth productively engaged during their summer holidays. These activities celebrate youth and are held to nurture and harness their potentials. Such efforts are commendable. But there is a small but growing number of youth who are increasingly getting …

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Cutting alcohol consumption is the answer

It bears out what even our uninformed guess would have told us. Alcohol liver disease (ALD) remains the leading cause of death in the country. According to the annual health bulletin 2018, 166 Bhutanese died of alcohol-related diseases last year. A small decrease in the number of deaths due to …

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An unclean Bhutan `

Earlier this week, photographs of Japanese team bowing out of the World Cup after cleaning their dressing room grabb​ed headlines. The team lost​,​but they made their country proud. Around the same time, back home, Choekor ​Gewog in Bumthang hosted cordycep auction for two days. When the auction closed, the place …

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Are we failing our children?

The news of the three under-14 girls, who have been facing repeated sexual assault where they ought to have been most safe, is disquieting. The alleged perpetrator of the despicable crime on these minors is their 83-year-old great-grandfather. The stepmother of the 13-year-old girl believes that the child could have …

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The fear of being politically linked

With election mood picking pace, there appears to be a growing apprehension among institutions of being affiliated to political parties. When the issues on fiscal incentives and compound wall built for the prime minister’s residence came up, both the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Royal Audit Authority (RAA), the institutions …

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Youth and crime

We saw it coming. Increasing crime rate is not an encouraging sign of development. This year saw the national crime rate shoot up by worrying 95 percent – 4081 crimes were reported against the previous year’s record of 2,093. With high youth unemployment in the country, bigger population centres are …

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Make roads safer

The recent mishap at Jumja, Chukha where two young lives were lost has shuddered the people. The Thimphu–Phuentsholing highway, which sees the highest volume of vehicular traffic remains the most accident-prone road in the country today. With landslides routine, loosened boulders roll off the hill crushing vehicles and passengers to …

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To parents this summer vacation

This is yet another time when we as parents and elders have to be more responsible. Schools have closed for summer break. Children are on vacation. This is also the time when in the rural parts of the country families get a little addition to the much-needed farmhands as children …

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Need to tackle urban unemployment

Although youth unemployment has come down to 10.6 percent from 13.2 percent, the improvement does not necessarily point to a commendable achievement. In the period of more than ten years, the percentage of youth unemployment has been thereabout more or less. On foot of our failure to deal with the …

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Road safety needs attention

An average of almost 1,000 road crashes occur in Bhutan every year according to records between 2005 and 2017. With increased motorisation, at least three motor vehicle accidents are reported everyday in the country today. In these 12 years, at least 80 lives were lost and 468 injured every year. …

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