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Of national dreams and aspirations

In a welfare society like ours, services like health, education, and agriculture, all provided free by the state, need to be understood in a more sensible term. His Majesty’s address at the National Day in Haa set the tone. We may be a small society in between large neighbours, but …

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A memorable national day

The National Day signifies the beginning of a most important era in the country’s history. It marks an era of unprecedented peace and tranquillity, which came with the birth of the institution of Monarchy. This day 110 years ago, the people of Bhutan entrusted their destiny and well-being of the …

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Poverty: Looking beyond reports

That Bhutan has been able to bring down national poverty rate from 12 percent to 8.2 percent in the period of five years is good news. As a nation that has always put happiness of the citizens at the centre of development initiatives, such a leap is both comforting and …

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Poor country with rich people

The living standard of Bhutanese has improved in the last five years, recent survey findings show. Poverty rate has dropped to 8.2 percent from 12 and unemployment to 2 from 2.5 percent. Almost all households were found to have access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities. Literacy rate has …

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Bring women onboard

Parliamentary elections are nearing. Political parties have started to announce their candidates. People’s Democratic Party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, and BKP have declared 20 candidates to date. The mood will heat up in the coming months and more names will be declared. But what is conspicuously missing though is women candidates. …

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On our roads

Commuters in Thimphu, especially those boarding city buses from Chang​j​iji​, will now have updated information ​about arrival and departure​ timing. The bus information system, on trial, claims to provide information about its routes and travel time to passengers. It is a good initiative and if the project is successful, it …

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Give NFE instructors what they deserve

Bhutan today is going through a catharsis of sorts. The whole of our education system is undergoing a significant revolution. Perhaps time has now arrived for us to think about education in the broader sense of the term. That means including not just campuses and classrooms, teachers and textbooks, and …

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The myth of high value–low impact policy

The tourism industry, which the government identified as one of the jewels to strengthen the economy has come under much scrutiny. While it may not always be for the right reasons, the discourse is good given the impact the industry has on the economy. It contributes more than nine percent …

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Strengthen the labour ministry

In what could be a blow to the labour ministry, the joint sitting of the Parliament has now tasked the National Statistics Bureau to conduct the labour force surveys. Against the burden of unemployment the country is buckling under, this decision of the parliament is progressive.  The statistics bureau has …

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A lesson from Kangpara

Roads in Bhutan are a harbinger of development. It is the country’s lifeline and impacts of being connected with a road are visible in communities. Farm roads make up about 41 percent of the country’s road network today. Although its construction has enhanced rural communities socio-economically, the poor quality of …

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