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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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On loose sand

Sand is a national resource. To curb private players from commercially trading state resources, sand and other natural resources were nationalised in 2007. Although measures to address illegal hoarding of sand and price escalation were initiated in the past, the Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) now requires the transaction …

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Unemployment and its bane

Overseas employment has been making headlines for quite some time now. It will continue to do so until the present and the future governments are able to figure out how best to and create jobs in the country. Unemployment, in particular youth unemployment, has been growing over the years while …

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Incentives, interests​, and conflicts

After stirring debates on its legality and constitutionality, the issue of fiscal incentives is back again. The government has asked the Anti-Corruption Commission to look into a case of conflict of interest involving the former works and human settlement minister in connection to fiscal incentives the last government granted in …

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Drukair must focus on reliability of service

Drukair has again grounded its ATR. Between December 29 and January 28, the grounding of the airliner resulted in cancellation of six international and 20 domestic flights. We are told that ATR42-500 will remain grounded until January 28. For a country like ours where difficult terrain makes long distance travel …

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