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Addressing unemployment will require mindset change

Bhutan has reached a critical stage of development where employment seekers outnumber job vacancies. Even as we are – according to some well-regarded financial reports – the fastest-growing economy in the region we do not seem to be creating enough employment opportunities. And the challenge is growing. There was a …

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Resilient roofing guideline is welcome

Due to fragile geological conditions and great elevation difference, Bhutan is prone to many natural disasters. Hazards like earthquake, windstorm, fire, landslide, flash flood, glacial lake outburst flood besides, windstorm is the most common natural disaster that visit us from time to time. Damage suffered has been enormous. Every year …

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Need for improved public transport system

The problem of congestion has been growing due to rise in the number of vehicles. According to records with Road Safety and Transport Authority, we have close to 100,000 vehicles. And the number is only expected to grow with population and income growth. In the bigger towns, lack of parking …

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Change may be expensive, but change we must

Education in Bhutan has taken on varied changes over the years. Even as we are grappling with rising youth unemployment which we are told is the result of skills mismatch, we are talking about 21st century education. We are fording into the future with lofty dreams and certain confidence. But …

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Looking beyond suicide itself

It is sad that one of the serious scourges of modern Bhutan – suicide – doesn’t get the attention it really deserves. Some even hold that Bhutanese have no reason whatsoever to take their own lives. Trivialising the issue by brushing aside the seriousness if this national malady is being …

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For the sake of children

Bhutan may be committed to protect its children from all forms of violence, but reports indicate that the country is not doing much. The low prosecution level of child molestation cases suggests that investigating agencies aren’t doing much in gathering evidence. The buck is passed to the Office of the Attorney …

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The value of discourse

What is the status of democracy in Bhutan? Is the status of political parties reflecting the state of democracy? How do we engage youth in the democratic process, are there enough civic education? Are we creating an environment of fear? What are the ideologies of our political parties? Yesterday, the …

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An end and a beginning

When the National Council members of the third Parliament took office yesterday, it marked a beginning, an end and continuity. It marked a decade of Bhutan’s transition into a constitutional democracy. The Council is blend of change and continuity, a continuous house in our parliamentary framework. Members who took office …

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The medium is the message

More Bhutanese are communicating through social media than ever before. Aided by technology, social media platforms have broken geographical and literacy barriers enabling anyone with a smartphone to connect with people anywhere, anytime. It has facilitated the creation of groups by bringing together individuals, who share recreational, social, political, or …

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Water shortage must be addressed

Water shortage has hit homes in the capital again. Authorities such as the municipality call it a seasonal phenomenon. We call it a manmade hazard. Bhutan’s per capita water availability may be one of the highest in the region but weak water distribution system has perennially left the taps at …

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