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Dealing with rising crime rate

Thimphu is fast growing to be a city with the highest crime rate in the country. Of the country’s total crime rate last year, Thimphu had an astounding 58.8 percent. Thimphu may be also a city with the highest number of young people. The number keeps increasing as rural to ...

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Revising performance targets, at what cost?

The pressure to achieve the set target for government agencies was palpable at the mid-year-review of the annual performance agreements. Requests to revise the targets were made while some agencies cited factors beyond their control​ for​ being unable to achieve their goals.  With the organisation’s performance determining the performance of ...

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Teacher attrition rate is a national concern

We have been talking about teachers leaving the profession for some time now. From certain quarters of the government, we have also heard that teachers leaving the profession, in numbers we have seen, is something that we ought not to be concerned about. But we are, and we think we ...

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Regulating the media

The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has started taking non-compliance to regulations seriously. Last December, the authority cancelled the licence of the weekly Dzongkha paper, Druk Yoezer for not meeting circulation requirements. It also suspended the issuance of new licen​c​es for places of entertainment and despite the flak it ...

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Private sector growth is the answer

Priority sector lending (PSL) is really now really taking off. The Cabinet has issued an order to form PSL committee in pursuant to the scheme that the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) launched. Dzondags will serve as the chairman of the committee. Members include representatives from the ministry of agriculture, labour, ...

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Graffiti and Art: Who arbitrates on things such as these?

A French artist who calls himself “Invaderwashere” has really been coming, marauding on sacred Bhutanese historical sites and cultural monuments. It is amazing how he even was let in to some of the most revered and sanctified places like Paro Taktsang and Cheri Goemba. This French may be a well-known artist ...

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The responsibility and right to vote

The time for the Bhutanese to make their choice has come. A flurry of candidates is expressing their intent to contest in the upcoming National Council elections, heeding to the national call and to give people more choices.  The numbers are encouraging but women aspirants are a handful, a trend ...

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Sustaining free healthcare everyone’s responsibility

Health is important. For a nation like ours where health services are provided free, sustainability is the problem. Where do the funds come from? That is what we need to understand. We need to build our own coffers. When Move for Health was first introduced, many thought it was a ...

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Unhealthy practice

The health ministry missed its deadline to place female health workers in Basic Health Units that had none. Despite the good intent and assertion that the target would be met, the ministry faced challenges deputing health workers. About 23 health workers were required but three cases had to be reconsidered ...

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Education of children: The buck stops with parents

This is a special season. Results are out for both Class X and XII. It is time for new academic session. Hard as winter comes rolling in, we prepare for a new beginning. For some parents, though, this is a difficult time. When children do not succeed, financial burden that ...

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