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Decongesting Thimphu

Thimphu city is still being built and it is growing at an unprecedented rate. The most common sight is the beehive of construction activity from Changtagang in the north to Ngabirongchhu in the south. But the capital city has not finished growing. In the meantime, there is no space for …

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Talking about education quality

It is not so much about the issue of access as it is about the quality whenever the subject of discussion on the table is education. The falling education standards or the declining quality of education is also, often, fiercely debated in the two houses of the Parliament. What we …

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CoS resuscitates

In what could be the first for the new government, the Cabinet has overturned the last government’s decision by reinstituting the Committee of Secretaries (CoS).   Where the last Cabinet believed that the CoS was functioning as a parallel government, taking decisions beyond their purview, in matters of foreign policy, …

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Development activities must speed up

The Prime Minister told the press in a recent meeting with the representatives of the media houses that the members of the Parliament in general and the Cabinet in particular have not been sitting idly by.  The words of the prime minister so, on Friday last, were deeply reassuring. In …

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Finding recourse in agriculture

As a country where agriculture is the biggest sector, having to depend on neighbouring countries for food items is a sad reality. This failure to prioritise agriculture sector to augment self-sufficiency could have, in the long run, serious implications not only on the economy but also on the nation’s peace, …

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When we tolerate exploitation

The tragic death of a Bhutanese in Japan has yet again brought the controversial earn and learn programme back to the fore. It is not that the programme was not without issues. It just did not get enough attention from the authorities to address the teething problems it was grappling …

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The cost of conservation?

The recent tragedy in Gelephu where a herd of elephants trampled a man to death has left many disturbed. For a country that has been widely acclaimed for balancing conservation and development, the unfortunate incident calls for some serious intervention to address an old problem our people have been living …

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Improve access for the differently-abled

Even as we have long recognised their importance in our society, we have not invested adequately in disabled-friendly infrastructure and facilities. In fact, we have not at all invested in improving convenience for the country’s differently-abled population. This fact does not sit well in a Gross National Happiness or welfare …

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Cardamom trade needs attention

Even as Bhutan adjusts to the Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime that India rolled out last July, issues remain. The most prominent being the formalities required in the export of cardamom to India. For some time now, our cardamom growers and exporters were facing problems exporting cardamom and starting …

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Controlling controlled substances

Although reports are hard to come by these days what with oddly restrictive measures employed by offices and organisations concerned and their strong will to keep media at bay, statistics show that there has been the year-on-year rise of offences related to controlled substances in the country. We also know …

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