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The theme of upcoming election

The theme of the nation is election. It matters to the Bhutanese because who we elect to the government is about Bhutan. The government that bowed out this week after a five-year term has come in for a lot of stick. What this indicates is that the people expected more …

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Enhance protection for ACC

As the country completes a decade of constitutional democracy, Bhutan has seen many developments. Some good. Others, not quite. This culture of who one’s related to and the might of power and money always existed in our society. The transition to democratic governance may have made us more aware of …

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As we prepare for election

Yesterday, August 1, marked the end of the second National Assembly (NA) since the first democratic parliamentary election in 2008. In a typically Bhutanese way, the Cabinet and the members of the Assembly offered zhabten and tashi moelam. It was a solemn occasion as the ministers and the MPs folded …

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Address the housing issue

Shelter is one of the basic human needs. Despite accelerated socioeconomic development, the country has not been able to provide affordable housing to its people, especially in urban centres. It is estimated that about 5,000 Bhutanese are living across the border town in Jaigaon today. According to national housing development …

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Youth unemployment: what and where is the truth?

Not all surprises are pleasant, of course. The members of the mass media, particularly the press, had one flung unto them yesterday at the grand hall of the National Assembly. It was downright egregious to say the least, a commentary less than palatable for the journalists for practising their trade …

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Women candidates few and far between

Election 2018 will see fewer female candidates than we had in the election year of 2013. The drop in the number of women representation in the politics from 31 to 19 is far from encouraging. To say that Bhutanese women are averse to politics and are reluctant to participate in …

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Preparing for the elections

The National Assembly members will bow out on August 1, ending their five-year term as members of Parliament. With members shedding their symbols of powers – the sword and the scarf, the lower house’s dissolution will mark a new beginning for the country’s democratic process. The political field levels when …

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Taking care of the elderly

The economic prosperity that we have enjoyed in the recent years has brought us face to face with new – and often sad – reality of shifting filial responsibility of care and welfare system for the ageing and the old. As our communities become increasingly urbanised, not to say that …

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We are failing our children

Our teachers are not living up to the expectations of the society. Every other day, there are reports of some teachers being involved in acts that we warn our children from indulging in. Isolated as they may be, their acts and deeds are enough to mar the exemplary work thousands …

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Respect people’s choice

As the third National Assembly election draws nearer, we look at by how much we have matured in a decade-old democracy. Although our march with the change in a governance system could be measured in terms of our confident strides and determined objectives over a long period of time starting …

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The plight of potato farmers

Every time our farmers take truckloads of potatoes to the auction yard, a problem arises. The problem of space constraint is not new to the farmers or the Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (FCB) that facilitates the auction. But with no measures being taken to address the problem, the auction …

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A dry monsoon

The monsoon is not yet over but there has not been much rain this year. Farmers in many parts of the country, particularly in the western, eastern, and central regions have suspended agricultural activities. Drying water sources have in many villages made the matter worse. In desperation some are resorting …

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Construction sector should do more

When the bridge over Gongri River was launched to connect the long-awaited Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway in February this year, residents of Gyalpoizhing, Lhuentse and Mongar arranged refreshments for road officials. The people were at the bridge to express their gratitude to those involved in building the highway. For them, infrastructure development …

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