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Education and challenges

Textbooks ridden with mistakes are a problem. And we are talking about the declining quality of education. The real problem, however, seems to be that we are so uncomfortable accepting our flaws. Such thinking will not take us anywhere. The good news is that the Royal Education Council is making …

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Deterring drug abuse

Atleast one-person was arrested everyday in connection to controlled substances this year in Thimphu. Records show that 98 individuals comprising 71 abusers and 27 traffickers were caught in the capital until March 14. Among the seized substances were 14,898 SP plus capsules. A nationwide crackdown on drugs has begun since …

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What does tigers walking urban roads tell us?

A visitor from the wild that walked down our roads recently did so in a way we are now compelled to measure ourselves to our words. A tiger comes to town. Casually as it did is worrying. The rare denizen of our wild coming down to human settlements in broad day …

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Support entrepreneurship

Even with the country abuzz with the national council elections, the past few days saw youth in the limelight. The national start-up weekend saw youth pitching hundreds of business ideas that were powered by technology. Of the 157 business ideas, the top five bagged grants to support their projects. At …

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Graduating from LDC and looking forward

As clichéd as the phrase is, no news is good news. But it’s been all news all day for Bhutan for some years now. We are talking about Bhutan’s certain graduation from the list of the least developed countries (LDC) by 2021. What does this development leap mean for Bhutan? …

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Importance of using franchise

Bhutan has nominated 130 candidates for the upcoming National Council elections, the highest number to date. This is more than twice the number of candidates that were nominated to contest the 2008 and 2013 elections. In 2008, the country saw 52 candidates and there were 67 candidates vying for a …

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For better healthcare, begin with appointment system

Patient complaints, particularly at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, have been mostly about long waiting time. Because of the resulting stress on the patients, health services of all manners that the hospital provides are often and, quite naturally, looked upon as wanting in quality. The initiative that …

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Give media its right of place

Elections are on our doorsteps. But as democracy matures, we seem to be becoming slighter and more shortsighted. Heavy-handed policing of media by some constitutional offices that overstep their mandate is making election reporting difficult. This is not healthy for the nation. A pity. In a democratic society, media’s role …

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Freedom from the press

The National Council election process has been fairly smooth. Or so the election officials say. The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has fielded an army of officials across the country to facilitate the election process. It has stepped up services to assist voters, which has received much appreciation from the …

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Laya, a story of change

Laya, one of the communities that was until recently considered secluded in the folds of the mighty mountains high up north, is changing. It has now shed the look and feel of remoteness with which the community used to be happily associated just a few years ago. Such changes brought …

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Monitoring private money lending

The issue of private money lending has received some attention recently. We saw the central bank enforcing the Private Money Lending Rules and Regulations from April last year. The Parliament also passed the anti-money laundering bill. These rules were drafted to regulate private money lending businesses and to bring such …

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Where is the debate leading us?

The debates on the national language have been missing the point so through and through. It is about where we are falling short and what amends we ought to make to popularise Dzongkha at this stage of modern Bhutan that should to be in the focus of the debates. It …

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The nomination process

The nationwide exercise to nominate candidates to contest in the upcoming National Council elections is almost complete. The Dhamngoi Zomdu process has been fairly smooth, allowing those who were born generations apart to participate in the first step towards electing national council members. The election commission’s decision to provide Voter …

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