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Major minor issue

Going by the figures of rape of minors, we should be ashamed as a society.  The figures are alarming – 13 minors in five months and 35 in a year.  This is more than three minor rapes every month. In most societies, this is reason enough to bring down a ...

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Rainbow realm

If colour is the face of beauty, nobody can beat us, as we are poised to become more colourful. Left to the creation of nature, Bhutan is much appreciated by the world, because it displays the pristine colours of nature that are intricately woven into our clothes, and embedded into ...

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Power-pinched pockets

A part from the “happy country” tag, Bhutan is also known, enviously, as the country with the cheapest electricity rates.  Compared with the region, electricity is dirt-cheap in the country, but it is not going to be so, any longer. With the latest revision, electricity, some have realised, is becoming ...

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Spare the rod …

The Mongar court verdict, indicting a school principal to three months in prison for lashing a student, has once again thrust the controversial issue of corporal punishment in the forefront. The principal’s action was against the education policy, which is framed in accordance with the convention of the rights of ...

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Yours, mine and ours

Much to the disappointment of local leaders, the economic affairs ministry has warned it would have to open up natural resources to the State Mining Corporation once it becomes operational. The geology and mines department has the power to decide and make policies related to its mining sector and not ...

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Looking forward to rising prices

There are two extreme developments taking place with regard to the government’s recent decisions on green tax and import of vehicles. We will soon see at least a hundred brand new vehicles hit the road, judging by demands and enquiries vehicle dealers in the country are dealing with.  Notwithstanding the ...

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Let’s talk about it

It was breaking news on most websites yesterday.  Social media picked it up and spread the word.  A few hours after the news release from the health ministry on the number of people detected HIV positive, everybody was talking about it. HIV/AIDS news interests the public.  Whenever a new figure ...

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Banking on rain

Less rain this summer is taking its toll not only on rice growing farmers, but on the exchequer as well. With hydropower projects falling short of power generation targets, it is obvious the government’s spending power, especially on current expenses, will be affected.  The last time it rained heavily in ...

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A dangerous game

At an intensive care unit in a hospital in Kolkata, an 11-year-boy is suffering for no fault of his own. The boy has been unconscious since he was airlifted to the hospital on July 11.  Although the metal arrow that pierced his skull was removed, the boy has not regained ...

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What we eat

Bhutanese are spoilt for choice when it comes to imported food items.  Our shops, from Thimphu to Dorokha, are now laden with a range of goodies, as our importers explore new places for variety, to stay ahead of the competition. But like we say, more does not mean better always.  ...

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