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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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Dealing with bullying

The video clip of a bully hitting a man in Ngabephu, Thimphu and forcing him to kiss his shoes, which is being widely circulated on social media, is appalling. Although not openly acknowledged, bullying happens everywhere in our society – in workplaces, schools, and in gatherings small and big. Often …

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State of the nation

What is the state of the nation today? The prime minister’s state of the nation report to the ​P​arliament shows much progress in the 11th Plan.  More homes are connected with blacktopped roads and even more vehicles are plying these roads. The government has injected more money into the economy …

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More needs to be done to fight HIV/AIDS

Every time there is a new report from the Ministry of Health about the disease, we find a rise in the number of HIV+ cases in the country. This is worrying. This year, between November and June, 27 new HIV+ cases were detected in the country. Since the first case …

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Changes

A lot has changed in Bhutan. A lot has not. The population and housing census report, which has captured the socio-economic changes and deprivation in the last 12 years also reflects the changes Bhutan saw as a democracy. We are more literate and living longer. Literacy rate, which has reached 71.4 …

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PHC gives us new grounds for planning development

Data, reliable statistics, are at the centre of policy and planning success. As the prime minister said at the launch, the document “gives us a chance to understand the opportunities and risks.” The new population and housing census (PHC) that the National Statistics Bureau released Monday give us new findings, …

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