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Safety first

The conduct of the national council elections and of some teachers encapsulates the week gone by. The former is over and claimed to be fairly smooth. The latter, not quite.  This month, the country was in frenzy over the conduct of some teachers who had allegedly indulged in acts that …

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Inclusive education and challenges

Inclusive education is important. That is why the education ministry’s plans for 12 schools with Special Education Needs (SEN) programme in the 12th Plan was received well. There are today 14 general schools with SEN programme and two special schools. Our efforts to make Bhutanese education inclusive, however, may require …

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Media and their roles

A crime is a crime. But when the perpetrators are those with whom we should feel most safe and secured, how do we deal with it? We are not talking about small acts of thievery and cheat. We are talking about lives and well-being of young boys and girls. Media …

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An encouraging election

The third National Council election was one of the most actively participated council elections the country saw since its transition into a constitutional democracy a decade ago.  It saw the highest number of candidates, 127 contesting the elections and a record voter turn out of 234,535 voters choosing the 20 …

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The third NC election

The results of the third National Council election yesterday, conducted in a free and fair atmosphere, without major hiccups, was a call for change. Most of the 234,545 voters surprised the incumbent members. Only five of the 12 incumbent councillors who made it to the final round were re-elected. Campaigning …

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The mandate

The stage is all set. The election machinery, including officials, is ready. The 127 National Council member aspirants, including six women, have done their homework and campaigning. This morning Bhutan will go to the polls to elect their representative to the National Council. There are 432,030 eligible voters. Women outnumber …

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When fear encourages crime

Soon after the education ministry condemned the vice principal of a charity school in Thimphu for allegedly molesting nine girl students, a principal and a teacher of Haa were detained in Phuentsholing for allegedly throwing a newborn out of a hotel window.  The newborn’s mother works at a Haa  school …

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How have our safest places become dangerously unsafe?

Although a little too late, JDWNRH President Lhab Dorji and Health Secretary Dr Ugen Dophu coming live on television to condemn anaesthetic technician’s appalling and deplorable conduct at the hospital a week ago was reassuring. The problem that we have with our system is that when a person is found …

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Fight against drugs must not lose momentum

A nationwide crackdown on drugs has been on since December 2013. The Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Act have been amended twice. Drug offenders are named and shamed. To what extent these measures have addressed in deterring drug abuse in the country is yet to be known. Law …

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Resource waste must be stopped

Misuse of public resources is criminal. We are talking about financial irregularities in the government offices.  The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has unearthed quite a bit of cases related to misuse of public or state money, the most recent one being irregularities related to payment of DSA to health officials. …

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The crime of inaction?

In February this year, a teacher in Gelephu was charged for attempting to rape a student and allegedly molesting four others. The incident, which involved girls between 12-14 years​, occurred last April. This April, a vice principal of a private school in Thimphu was detained for allegedly molesting nine girl …

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Using our franchise meaningfully

The New Year begins for the Bhutanese, in a sense, this season this year. Spring, the seasonal age of rejuvenation, is almost over. We are waking up to a new dawn this hour. The nation is preparing for a relook into its past and craning out beyond the home turf …

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Violence against women and girls is endemic

Our women and children are not safe. They are not safe at homes, at work and in schools. The recent report of a health technician sexually assaulting a patient attendant after injecting her with an anaesthetic drug is sickening and the news of a vice principle of a private charity …

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