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The People’s King

As Drukyul celebrates the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, today, all Bhutanese will pray for the good health and long life of His Majesty.

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Fighting Noncommunicable diseases

Noncommunicable diseases (NCD) is one of growing challenges facing the country today. As the country develops, more people will suffer from lifestyle diseases that are already major killers; diseases of affluence cause more than 60 percent of deaths in the country. What is worrying is that even as we have five-year multi-sectoral action plans, the threat is growing.

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Sober and slow

It is frightening to learn that hundreds of drivers take to the roads without licences. To call the situation appalling would be an overstatement. By right, therefore, we must call attention to the dangers of such unhealthy practices on our roads.

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Dangerous beliefs

The killing of a man suspected of sorcery last year is a disturbing and tragic incident. There was another incident a few years back of another woman suspected of witchery being murdered.

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To be or not to be

We have had a few elected members resigning before completing their tenure for reasons not so convincing enough. The recent being a gup who chose to go abroad barely two months after he was elected.

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Time to delve into our souls

Our small and happy society is no longer at peace with itself. And this is no exaggeration. Kinds and kinds of crimes are growing in the city corners. That’s why the police two years ago came up with an idea to frisk people after 10pm. Going by the records, crime rates may have gone down by numbers appreciable, but intensity has grown by much more.

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We must do more

We have run a number of articles on arrests and convictions of drug dealers and abusers. The articles are straightforward. A man or woman was arrested for illegally possessing so and so drug and is likely to face so many years of imprisonment. Sometimes we provide a detail or two on how they may have been attempting to smuggle the drugs, and comment or two from a police official. Occasionally, we run a photograph of the seized drugs. That’s about it.

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