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Drinking water crises

Thimphu thromde’s inefficient management of drinking water supply system has put the health of the city’s residents at risk. The Royal Audit Authority’s scathing report on the state of drinking water supply system in the capital city reveals that our municipality is incapable of providing even basic services like water …

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An opportunity and a challenge

The criticisms from the Opposition and the National Council did not stop the National Assembly from passing the tourism levy exemption bill. With this, tourists travelling to the six eastern dzongkhags will not have to pay the daily royalty of USD 65 a tourist until 2020. The intent to increase …

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A shackled institution?

With the National Assembly snubbing the move to corporatise JDWNRH, the government has said that it would explore new ways to incentivise specialists. The debate over the hospital’s corporatisation has however left members from the medical community, including the specialists distressed. Specialists claim that they are not for corporatisation and …

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Malady of the nation?

Bhutanese people have no reason to commit suicide the Prime Minister said at the National Assembly last week. This observation from the head of the government about one of the most serious and rising issues facing modern Bhutan is not received well. Bhutan, the people are told, was different from …

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Substance abuse: Looking beyond issue

The issue of substance abuse is fast growing to be one of the biggest banes of the modern times. Going by incident reports, the number of people peddling and abusing controlled substances seems to be increasing by the year. What is worrying is that this scourge is affecting the most …

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Re-educate on HIV

At least five people are detected positive for HIV every month in the country. Yet, the prevalence of the infection is considered low compared ​with countries in the region. Comparisons are important but not to the extent that it skews the context and understanding of the disease burden. Records with …

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Draining in the drink?

Our relationship with alcohol has been sad. We talk about alcohol that has become one of the major killers in the country today. Studies repeatedly have shown that many health risks are triggered by alcohol. But we do nothing about it. Economic burden of alcohol abuse in Bhutan could amount …

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The disconnected

Digital technologies are changing the way we interact with each other. It creates opportunities to deliver more services online, conveniently and faster. To simplify and enhance delivery of public services, the Government to Citizen (G2C) service was initiated. Or so the people were told. Lengthy and unclear bureaucratic procedures still …

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Pilgrims’ progress

Pilgrimage season is approaching. When exams are over and schools close for winter vacation, Bhutanese families will plan pilgrimage tours to India and other neighbouring countries. For the elderly and young and rich and poor alike, pilgrimage to sacred Buddhist sites is more than just important. For many, this means …

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The domestic violence epidemic

Everyday, at least one woman experiences domestic violence in Bhutan. This is, however, based on cases reported to RENEW, perhaps the only organisation that is at the forefront of addressing this epidemic in the country today. Records with RENEW show that the number of domestic violence cases is on the …

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