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How’s there shortage?

Shortage of female health workers has been a long-standing problem, particularly in the rural parts of the country. Considering human resource management and staffing patterns in the headquarters, the shortage ought not be really big. What has given rise to the dearth of female health workers in the remote BHUs …

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Award or payment?

The entertainment industry is in the news again for the same issue it was mired in last year – the Prime Minister’s award worth Nu 3 million. Despite claims of limited finance, the Bhutanese film industry has been prolific in producing about 20 films a year. The young industry, while …

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Education in the limelight

When education hits the headlines, it is usually for good reasons. But not this day. Hearing that Tsirangtoe Central School has no classrooms to deliver academic lessons to the students is disheartening. Weeks after the schools opened, the children come to the school every day, bask in the sun for …

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Be responsible

The National Council election is gaining pace with gewog zomdu screening candidates and people making their choice at the grassroots. Amid this nomination process and despite being reminded to refrain from doing so, we are also seeing political parties politicking full on. New candidates are introduced and mergers announced. When …

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National language

At this critical juncture of our development journey, we are faced with a problem that is unique to Bhutan and the Bhutanese. We are grappling with the challenge of popularising our national language, Dzongkha. Language is one of the most important elements of culture; it is the soul and face …

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Youth matters

Even as issues of rising unemployment continue to nag us, Bhutanese youth have begun breaking barriers. They are excelling in sports. They are taking Bhutan into the space. They are expressing their creativity and curiosity in arts. They are forming groups to grow vegetables and to help the destitute. They …

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School feeding programme must receive priority

That the Ministry of Education has begun taking initiatives to improve school feeding programme is good news. It has been long time coming. Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) performance report on the school-feeding programme in 16 schools found that our students in boarding schools are not eating the right or good …

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Perceiving corruption

Bhutan’s ranking in the corruption perception index has improved by a notch with Transparency International ranking the country as the 26th cleanest country. This improvement is encouraging for the country had remained in the 27th position for two years in a row. High levels of corruption perception could breed a …

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Crime and society

Put into perspective, crime rate in Bhutan is still small. But it is growing. Going by the latest official reports, Thimphu has the highest crime rate (58 percent) in the country. The trend that is unfolding is: the bigger the town, the higher the crime instances. And our quiet and …

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The People’s King is Thirty Eight

The celebration of our beloved Druk Gyalpo’s 38th Birth Anniversary provides an opportunity for the Bhutanese to pray and wish for His Majesty’s good health, well-being and long life. It is also an opportune time for every Bhutanese to thank His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo for His compassion and kindness, …

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Radiotherapy service marks a new beginning

Bhutan’s health system has come a long way. When the nation began planned development in the early 1960s, we had just two hospitals. Today we have more than 30 hospitals, close to 200 basic health units and 700 outreach clinics. Health continues to receive the highest priority because the Constitution …

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Mission 2018 begins

With the Royal Decree calling the National Council Elections and setting the process in motion on February 15, Bhutan has now entered the election period. The Election Commission of Bhutan has issued a notification calling the elections listing a total of 19 events that will culminate in the election of …

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Welcome Earth Male Dog

As we bid farewell to the Fire Female Bird, we reflect on the important milestones that the year brought to us on its mighty wings. We had our fair share of successes as a nation. We had our failings too. But we moved on. Now here is the Earth Male …

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