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Importance of using franchise

Bhutan has nominated 130 candidates for the upcoming National Council elections, the highest number to date. This is more than twice the number of candidates that were nominated to contest the 2008 and 2013 elections. In 2008, the country saw 52 candidates and there were 67 candidates vying for a …

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For better healthcare, begin with appointment system

Patient complaints, particularly at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, have been mostly about long waiting time. Because of the resulting stress on the patients, health services of all manners that the hospital provides are often and, quite naturally, looked upon as wanting in quality. The initiative that …

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Give media its right of place

Elections are on our doorsteps. But as democracy matures, we seem to be becoming slighter and more shortsighted. Heavy-handed policing of media by some constitutional offices that overstep their mandate is making election reporting difficult. This is not healthy for the nation. A pity. In a democratic society, media’s role …

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Freedom from the press

The National Council election process has been fairly smooth. Or so the election officials say. The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has fielded an army of officials across the country to facilitate the election process. It has stepped up services to assist voters, which has received much appreciation from the …

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Laya, a story of change

Laya, one of the communities that was until recently considered secluded in the folds of the mighty mountains high up north, is changing. It has now shed the look and feel of remoteness with which the community used to be happily associated just a few years ago. Such changes brought …

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Monitoring private money lending

The issue of private money lending has received some attention recently. We saw the central bank enforcing the Private Money Lending Rules and Regulations from April last year. The Parliament also passed the anti-money laundering bill. These rules were drafted to regulate private money lending businesses and to bring such …

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Where is the debate leading us?

The debates on the national language have been missing the point so through and through. It is about where we are falling short and what amends we ought to make to popularise Dzongkha at this stage of modern Bhutan that should to be in the focus of the debates. It …

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The nomination process

The nationwide exercise to nominate candidates to contest in the upcoming National Council elections is almost complete. The Dhamngoi Zomdu process has been fairly smooth, allowing those who were born generations apart to participate in the first step towards electing national council members. The election commission’s decision to provide Voter …

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Losing time?

Even as we give special importance to efficient service delivery, which is at the core of our development initiatives and higher national objectives, Bhutan is groaning under the aching pain of ineffectiveness brought about by our obvious lack of systematic approach to achieving them. Plans and programmes, however grand they …

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The ills of poor planning

The health ministry has revoked the transfer order for female health workers who were deputed to Basic Health Units that had none. The move comes after they appealed to the Prime Minster to reconsider their transfer. Health workers had already resisted the move and had reportedly given the health ministry …

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