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The irony of water-rich Bhutan

Bhutan is among the few countries that fall in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. For its vast water resources, the region is commonly referred to as the “water towers of Asia.” Ironically, Bhutan is also among the countries in the same region that is   fast facing the risk of droughts and …

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The NCDs problem

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are already one of the major public health issues in the country today. While we look at the basics still, we seem to be forgetting or missing the real picture. Lack of nutrition, according to some studies, is no more a problem. Overnutrition is. Overnutrition is overconsumption …

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Housing woes 

Bhutan has no national data on her housing needs. The Royal Audit’s report on housing development came at a time when the country is buckling under the pressures of shooting house rents and shortage of housing. Housing is one of man’s basic needs. But the audit report reveals that our housing policies …

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Increasing food import augurs ill for the country

Food self-sufficiency is becoming the more distant a national dream. We are increasingly losing agricultural land to development activities and projects. Food import has been growing. Between 2012 and 2017, a total of 893,436.70MT of food commodities was imported – rice constituted the biggest, about 50 percent (467,192.930MT) of the …

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At the cost of the state

The Royal Audit Authority’s report on government’s vehicle and vehicle quota system establishes, in black and white, a system that has been robbing the state of millions, if not billions of ngultrums for years. The report clearly indicates the loopholes, which had led to misuse of government fund and resources …

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GLOF and climate change adaptation

Sitting in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan has been acutely aware of its vulnerabilities due to climate change. As global temperatures rise and eat the glaciers away at a dramatic rate, it is a sobering reminder that we can only prepare to minimise the destruction of lives and properties …

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Are we serious?

There is an acute shortage of subsidised liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the country. The government, although not their making, is trying hard to solve the problem. There is no end to the problem. We need solutions. One identified is to encourage those who can afford to surrender the subsidised …

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Talking about LPG

Something dramatic could happen at the National Assembly building today. And, also, on  June 24. Is it even necessary? When the rich do not think about the poor, such measures stare straight into our faces. This is where we have arrived at in the scheme of the bigger narrative line …

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The pay revision and the lessons

It is final. The pay revision promised is now on its way. The revision will come into effect from July even if the excitement is fast on the wane. The National Council scrutinised the proposal that was submitted as a money Bill, made recommendations and pointed out lapses. The Assembly …

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The deliberations

The recent parliament deliberations have become some sort of a revelation. Broadcast live and at times streamed live on social media, the people have witnessed the confessions, the confusions and an occasional outburst of emotions. We have less than a week for the session to conclude. While the pay revision …

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Tourism: thinking beyond taking it to the top

Taking tourism to the top means looking inward first. The industry could easily be the top revenue generator for the country. In fact, it already is the second biggest contributor to the nation’s economy. But what does it really mean, making tourism the country’s leading contributor to Bhutan’s economic development? …

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Finding solutions

There is more confusion for those in the boulder export business. Some, in Phuentsholing, have resumed business “just like before” meaning that all the issues surrounding the load capacity, the restriction from authorities and the whole gross vehicle weight (GVW) are now not applicable. For them business is as usual. …

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The purpose of pay revision

After the theatrics of narrowing the gap between the top and bottom rung of public servants, debates on the pay revision Bill is today narrowed to widening the gap among the top public servants. In passing the Bill with increased pay hike to the Speaker and the Chief Justice, the …

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