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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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Agriculture calling, at long last

Agriculture is finally getting some real place in our development strategy. What the commercial banks ought to have done long ago is now happening. From the total domestic loan of about Nu 97 billion, agriculture sector holds only five percent of the share. Investment in agriculture has been painfully negligible. …

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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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