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On loose sand

Sand is a national resource. To curb private players from commercially trading state resources, sand and other natural resources were nationalised in 2007. Although measures to address illegal hoarding of sand and price escalation were initiated in the past, the Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) now requires the transaction ...

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Unemployment and its bane

Overseas employment has been making headlines for quite some time now. It will continue to do so until the present and the future governments are able to figure out how best to and create jobs in the country. Unemployment, in particular youth unemployment, has been growing over the years while ...

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Incentives, interests​, and conflicts

After stirring debates on its legality and constitutionality, the issue of fiscal incentives is back again. The government has asked the Anti-Corruption Commission to look into a case of conflict of interest involving the former works and human settlement minister in connection to fiscal incentives the last government granted in ...

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Drukair must focus on reliability of service

Drukair has again grounded its ATR. Between December 29 and January 28, the grounding of the airliner resulted in cancellation of six international and 20 domestic flights. We are told that ATR42-500 will remain grounded until January 28. For a country like ours where difficult terrain makes long distance travel ...

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The cost of poor planning

The capital, touted as one of the fastest growing cities is buckling under its own growth. But growth is not always progress or development. Housing, water supply and waste management are among the main issues Thimphu continues to grapple with. This is poor planning. Infrastructure development determines human settlement. But ...

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To the young, the makers of our future

You may have wealth galore, and power too, but making life decisions of your own is important. You may think you are the most radiant light this hour. But are you? Youth, we are talking to you, straight from our hearts.  Do we have your ears? In some messages, you ...

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In public interest?

Despite challenges, the health ministry assures that it would place female health workers in all BHU II by the end of this month. It plans to deploy excess female health workers to health units that do not have one. The intention is good since their deployment would ensure convenience to ...

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50 years on: A tale of two nations

It was fifty years ago that Bhutan chose to walk out of the shadows of the medieval world. The world was changing and we had to make the right choice. We did. We looked to India for steadfast partnership. The visionary leaders of that time recognised that respectful partnership had ...

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Health and nation building

Nation building efforts cannot be successful if adequate attention is not paid to the population’s health. The Constitution mandates free basic health care services to the people because for Bhutan its people are its most important wealth. At the core of this mandate are our health workers who give care ...

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NFE is vital part of Bhutan’s education system

Education is at the heart of the nation’s development. Including all Bhutanese in the system has been our endeavour from the first day. Looking back, our investments have been more than worthwhile. Although, the nation is grappling with issues like rising youth unemployment, which indicates the failure of our education ...

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