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Stray dogs – whose responsibility?

For the national council candidates in Thimphu, dogs, both pet and stray were one of the main challenges they encountered during their campaigning. What the candidates experienced during their brief time on the streets of Thimphu highlights the plight of the thousands of residents who endure the stray dog menace …

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Thoughts on politics as election nears

Talk about gender inequality and we are far ahead of the nations that propound the idea of equality between sexes. Perhaps the only shortfall with our society is that we are used to taking advice from outside even if there is no relevance to our system of living. We have …

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Safety first or last?

It takes violence to get women and children in the centre of attention. They are molested, raped and battered. The perpetrators involved happen to be those who are expected to protect them from such harm. In recent months, the country has reported health, education, security personnel and family members committing …

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What we owe our youth

What we owe our youth We have probably been very unfair with and discriminating towards our young people – they are the source of all the problems we are facing today as a society. That is how we look at them. They are what they have become perhaps because we, …

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Improve the conditions for girls

The findings of a recent study on menstrual hygiene management of adolescent schoolgirls and nuns are worrying. Our girls and nuns are skipping school from one to four days. The rate of absenteeism of about 50 percent together for the adolescents is as discomforting as the factors contributing to it. …

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Protecting our dzongs and lhakhangs

As we witnessed a historic moment unfold at the Wangduephodrang Dzong yesterday, we were reminded of the significance of our rich culture and tradition that have defined our national life all through to the 21st century. The installation of the serthog on the dzong’s utse signified the importance we give …

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When policies contradict

With about 22 cars hitting the road every day, Bhutan imports at least one car every hour. For a country that started using automobiles since the 60s when it started paving roads, the rate of vehicle import is staggering.  Records show that the number of vehicles until last month was …

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Creating employment opportunities

At a time when unemployment among the young is growing, there is a need to look at employment generation at home than resort to sending jobseekers abroad for employment. There is no denying young Bhutanese have the opportunity to gain professional experience and entrepreneurial skills by working at well-established businesses …

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What ails the national referral hospital?

The national referral hospital, the country’s apex referral centre​,​ is not well. For a place that’s considered a setting of healing and wellbeing, concerns have often been raised on the safety of patients and their attendants.  After the recent case of sexual abuse by a health official, the hospital is …

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Education: Looking ahead

When education comes to the limelight, it is good. But when policies and blueprints change so often, it is not good. And now we have a new education policy. Changing education policy may be easy on the part of policymakers. It is not for the implementers. Abrupt shift has more …

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Are we losing our priorities?

As the 11th Plan draws to a close, we look to the new Plan period keeping in perspective the real demands of our communities. A system of systematic planning has taught us that even with meagre resources we can achieve desired economic growth and bring commendable improvements to the lives …

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When projects get delayed

Mangdechhu ​Hydropower ​P​roject, which was gearing ​to be commission​ed next month, has pushed its deadline to November. As is the way with most projects executed in the country, the series of delays come as no surprise to the Bhutanese. We have become accustomed to delaying works and have no qualms …

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The exemplary youth

The recent kind gesture of Pema Choki and Tandin Wangchuk, who are Class XII students of Phuentsholing Higher Secondary School and Norbu Academy in Phuentsholing, handing over a plastic bag that they found to Phuentsholing Police, should not go unnoticed by the people. The bag contained Nu 49,000 (forty nine …

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