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The unemployment conundrum

Unemployment is the biggest issue confronting Bhutan today. Even as efforts are made​,​this chronic problem persists. We have seen the issue being politicised and jobseekers blamed for lack of required skills or aptitude. Numbers of those employed are hurled when concerns are raised but survey results on the unemployment situation ...

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Leaving the LDC group

Bhutan has made tremendous socioeconomic progress since the first Plan. The speed with which the country marched on has been the envy of many developing and developed nations. The smallness of our size played a significant role. We have been frugal with our expenses and sensible with our plans too. ...

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Promote east into what?

Although our fortresses and monasteries defy it, Bhutan’s geography has determined its development activities. And for long, we have heard this rhetoric being used to rationalise underdevelopment in areas that are not in western Bhutan. Tourism is one of those sectors that have been confined to the western dzongkhags. Poor ...

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Prioritise special education needs

Bhutan has made impressive development in the area of inclusive education. But more needs to be done. Special education, otherwise known as special needs education or aided education, is the practice of educating students with special educational needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. What this ...

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The troubled agriculture sector

Potato is one of the most important crops in Bhutan. Its impact in improving the lives of rural population and enhancing their socioeconomic well-being has been dramatic and well documented. Given the importance of this versatile economic crop to our farmers, it is a pity to see our farmers troubled ...

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Conserving for development

Coinciding with the birth anniversary of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen launched the Bhutan for Life initiative to protect the country’s network of protected areas. What is Bhutan for Life? We need to understand this. It is a joint initiative of the government and the ...

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Cushioning the GST impact

Starting November 11, petrol and diesel became cheaper in the country. The government announced that with India including petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, the government has decided to not take any fiscal measures to make up for the revenue loss the country would incur ...

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Education must expand and include all

Even as we are in the process of restructuring our education system, our children in some quarters of this country are out of school. This is going by the latest Annual Education Statistics. About 1,039 primary-age children are out of school, or are not enrolled in any form of structured ...

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Determining legality of powers first

The High Court yesterday dismissed Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) petition for a Constitutional writ to declare the government granting fiscal incentives as unconstitutional. The Court also dismissed the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) submission of the case being subjudice. Bound by the grounds of dismissal, the High Court did ...

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About time we get serious on drugs

The proposal of  the National Assembly’s Legislative Committee to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Act, 2015 (NDPSSAA) as an urgent bill in the forthcoming winter session is welcome. It’s important to have clear and objective law to deal with emerging threats to the Bhutanese society ...

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