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The burden of farming

Agriculture has today become synonymous to poverty. Although the incidence of poverty has declined in the sector, agriculture still contributes the highest to the country’s national poverty rate. From 43.9 percent in 2012, agriculture sector’s contribution to poverty has increased to 68.8 percent this year. This means most of the …

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Mental healthcare must go nationwide

Unlike other diseases, mental health remains hidden in Bhutan largely because of belief systems in the society. Records available at the hospitals do not give us the real picture of the number of population living with mental illness. Many do not come or are discouraged to seek treatment at health …

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Powers of the empowered

Zhemgang​‘s​ ​Dzongkhag ​T​shogdu has decided to re-deliberate its resolution of making the national dress mandatory for ​the dzongkhag’s residents. This is a wise move for its earlier resolution received much flak, not so much because the decision was taken to preserve culture and tradition, but because it was felt to …

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Hoarding resources

Rumours were rife about a possible hike in price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the capital. But agencies concerned did not intervene to refute such speculations​.​ ​Given our compulsive tendency to hoard, we are now facing shortage of LPG in fuel depots. This artificial shortage that has been created …

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We need more and good roadside amenities

Lack of roadside amenities is a challenge we have been facing a long time. For Bhutanese travellers and tourists alike, it is a difficult and unpleasant travel experience. So we commend Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) for stepping up to construct additional roadside amenities, especially restrooms along the major highways. …

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Education is public interest

We live in changing times. The significance of socioeconomic and political changes that Bhutan is going through must be documented, because this narrative tells the story of a changing Bhutan. The media and the role it plays in a young democracy have been much stressed. One of the visible changes …

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Good roads are at the heart of the nation’s prosperity

For a mountainous country likes ours, roads are the lifelines. Better roads mean better access to market for our farmers. Road, besides water and job, is an important priority that the citizens think the government should focus on. This is according to Bhutan Living Standards Survey 2017. It is a …

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Constructed poverty

Poverty in Bhutan is still a rural phenomenon. Reports after reports reiterate this rhetoric as people are told of varying initiatives taken to lift the poor out of poverty. Yet this phenomenon persists, if not in the same dzongkhag​, ​ then in another. The recent poverty analysis report found that …

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Setting standards for entertainment places

Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority’s (BICMA) initiative to streamline the standards of entertainment places in Thimphu is welcome. Places of entertainment should be safe, secure, and clean. Most are not today. Entertainment places being where kinds and kinds of people flock to, safety should be considered the paramount concern of …

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The invisible

Mental health is a public health concern for Bhutan. Since the eighth Plan, a policy was framed to develop community mental health services and make it a component of primary health care services. The policy was to build human resource, involve families, create advocacy, and improve monitoring and financing for …

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