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Encourage self-employment among youth

Unemployment, youth unemployment in particular, which hovers around 13 percent as we speak could get worse and compel us to deal with the issues well into the next decade. The prognosis is going by the number of jobs we are able to create against the number of young people alighting …

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Students and alcohol

Despite efforts to make schools safe and free of controlled substances, our students are increasingly coming in conflict with law. Students from Changzamtog MSS recently walked to some 400 shops near their campus to advocate on illicit sale of alcohol and controlled substances. It is unlikely that the shops would …

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Weaning ourselves off plastic bags

When we talk about the growing problem of waste in the major towns and cities, there is a need to look at what kind of waste make up a significant amount that go to the disposal sites. Our drains are often clogged with discarded plastic waste. Landfill sites are filled …

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Stray dogs – whose responsibility?

For the national council candidates in Thimphu, dogs, both pet and stray were one of the main challenges they encountered during their campaigning. What the candidates experienced during their brief time on the streets of Thimphu highlights the plight of the thousands of residents who endure the stray dog menace …

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Thoughts on politics as election nears

Talk about gender inequality and we are far ahead of the nations that propound the idea of equality between sexes. Perhaps the only shortfall with our society is that we are used to taking advice from outside even if there is no relevance to our system of living. We have …

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Safety first or last?

It takes violence to get women and children in the centre of attention. They are molested, raped and battered. The perpetrators involved happen to be those who are expected to protect them from such harm. In recent months, the country has reported health, education, security personnel and family members committing …

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What we owe our youth

What we owe our youth We have probably been very unfair with and discriminating towards our young people – they are the source of all the problems we are facing today as a society. That is how we look at them. They are what they have become perhaps because we, …

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Improve the conditions for girls

The findings of a recent study on menstrual hygiene management of adolescent schoolgirls and nuns are worrying. Our girls and nuns are skipping school from one to four days. The rate of absenteeism of about 50 percent together for the adolescents is as discomforting as the factors contributing to it. …

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Protecting our dzongs and lhakhangs

As we witnessed a historic moment unfold at the Wangduephodrang Dzong yesterday, we were reminded of the significance of our rich culture and tradition that have defined our national life all through to the 21st century. The installation of the serthog on the dzong’s utse signified the importance we give …

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When policies contradict

With about 22 cars hitting the road every day, Bhutan imports at least one car every hour. For a country that started using automobiles since the 60s when it started paving roads, the rate of vehicle import is staggering.  Records show that the number of vehicles until last month was …

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