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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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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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