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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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Addressing unemployment was a failure

Youth unemployment has been a serious national issue. With the government unclear about the unemployment situation in the country today, it makes the matter worse. The whiff we get is that youth unemployment rate has now reached 13.2 percent from 10.7 percent. Going by gender, there are more unemployed male …

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Corporate JDWNRH no more

The National Assembly yesterday snubbed the government’s move to corporatise Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). With a majority vote, the Assembly’s decision endorsed the Opposition’s motion to stop the corporatisation of JDWNRH with immediate effect. Reaching this decision was​,​ however​,​ confusing for the country’s highest decision-making body. After …

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Keeping our children away from drugs

One of the biggest scourges of the modern times, drug abuse, is gnawing into the Bhutanese society. Going by the reports of incidents that come out in the media from time to time, the number of people peddling and abusing drugs seems to be increasing by the year. This is …

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Sanitation woes

It took a long time for Bhutan to acknowledge the benefits of sanitation and hygiene. The sight of public toilets filled with stones and sticks, overflowing with faeces and a dry taps​ ha​ve been an eyesore to those who need ​to use a rest room. While we do blame culture …

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