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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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Congestion is result of poor planning

Phuentsholing is a town that has been growing rapidly. And with the lack of space, congestion has been a problem for a long time. With the number of vehicles growing by the day, finding a parking space in the town is a real challenge. The town has hit its limit. …

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Inculcate the value of education

Bhutan is what it is today because of education. ​​However, there are some communities ​still ​that do not see education as an investment. The issue of students in Laya leaving school to help their parents at home, in collecting cordyceps​,​​ and providing pony services to visitors is ​worrying even if …

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NCDs: Look beyond policy actions

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become Bhutan’s biggest health challenge. More than 5 percent of all deaths in the country is attributed to NCDs. What we need to recognise is that we are in the early stage of demographic transition. World Bank’s Bhutan NCD policy brief estimates that by 2025, the …

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