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The value of discourse

What is the status of democracy in Bhutan? Is the status of political parties reflecting the state of democracy? How do we engage youth in the democratic process, are there enough civic education? Are we creating an environment of fear? What are the ideologies of our political parties? Yesterday, the …

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An end and a beginning

When the National Council members of the third Parliament took office yesterday, it marked a beginning, an end and continuity. It marked a decade of Bhutan’s transition into a constitutional democracy. The Council is blend of change and continuity, a continuous house in our parliamentary framework. Members who took office …

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The medium is the message

More Bhutanese are communicating through social media than ever before. Aided by technology, social media platforms have broken geographical and literacy barriers enabling anyone with a smartphone to connect with people anywhere, anytime. It has facilitated the creation of groups by bringing together individuals, who share recreational, social, political, or …

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Water shortage must be addressed

Water shortage has hit homes in the capital again. Authorities such as the municipality call it a seasonal phenomenon. We call it a manmade hazard. Bhutan’s per capita water availability may be one of the highest in the region but weak water distribution system has perennially left the taps at …

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An apolitical civil service

With political parties especially the ruling party approaching in-service civil servants to become their candidates, concerns are raised on the apoliticalness of the civil service. The government, the ruling party, has confirmed that it has approached civil servants to become its candidates to contest in the upcoming elections. The civil …

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Housing must receive priority

Starting July, almost 300 families who have been living across the border in Jaigaon will move into the National Housing Development Corporation Ltd. (NHDCL) housing colony in Phuentsholing. The news has been received well for it has come years after Bhutanese families were pushed to live across the border due …

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Put the khegpa fear to rest

Who are the bolero-driving khegpas (headhunter) creating fear among the people of the east? The story of khegpa doing their rounds in villages emerged from Mongar. They were then spotted somewhere in Trashigang. When a group of villagers tried to get at them they got away and were last seen …

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There is mPowerYouth for you; make use of it

Are our children facing stresses related to academic routine? Some might say that they are not. But findings from a mobile app called mPowerYouth, designed for department of youth and sports (DYS) to make counselling available to those who seek professional intervention, is that our children are facing academic stress. …

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Learn from the ways

The way we look at education ought to change. The way we look at counselling must change. We have moved on. We have had enough bad news from the sector. But good things are happening. This day we are bringing to the fore one school that is making special effort …

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Thank you teachers

May is come again! We are in the luxuriant boughs of the season’s goodness and abundances.  In particular May 2 is here, a day of special significance for the nation and the people. This day we honour our teachers for what good they have done us and continue to do. …

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Revamping Hole in the Wall: At what cost?

Half a decade after it made its presence in the heart and peripheral limbs of the nation, the Hole in the Wall, a component of the grand Chiphen Rigphel project, has really ended up being a fat hole in the wall. Looking at what it has now become, did we …

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Housing crisis

After corruption, Phuentsholing, the country’s commercial hub is now becoming a hub for crime. A Bhutanese woman was allegedly raped in the Indian border town of Phuentsholing last week. The suspect is reported to be still at large and the brouhaha that ensued online was not enough for authorities to …

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RSF report leaves a lot desired

We condemn the reports of Reporters Without Borders, or Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation that claims to promote and defend freedom of information and freedom of the press. In Bhutan’s experience, RSF has repeatedly failed to reflect the true picture of freedom of press in the …

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