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Keeping them where they are

The alacrity with which change is coming is amazing. It is, also, deeply worrying. Our urban and rural landscapes have gone through dramatic changes in a short span of time. Over the decades, our value systems have evolved, threatening the very survival of our identity.

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Dealing with fire accidents

A fire accident in Thimphu yesterday rendered six families homeless. Although no casualties were reported, it was a reminder that if we are not careful accidents like this can be disastrous and painful.

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What are the numbers hiding?

Despite efforts to address it at all levels, drug abuse continues to remain a problem in the country. The gravity of the problem is evident in the number of cases the police shared recently.

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We build our own standards

What does Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index mean to Bhutan? In particular, how ought we, the media professionals, to interpret the picture that is brought to our faces this day?

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The essence of education

The tracksuit rule issue now appears resolved. With the consensus of school principles, the thromde has agreed to allow students to wear health and physical education (HPE) uniform in schools on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Lessons to be learnt

The tragic death of a four-year-old boy whose body was found by the Wangchhu in Thimphu has left the people disturbed. A tearful plea by the boy’s mother after he went missing went viral and became the talk of the town just as the rumours that followed his disappearance.

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The free press

Bhutan’s press freedom ranking has improved in the past year according to media rights group, Reporters Without Borders. Bhutan is now ranked 84th out of 180 countries. The question is whether journalists in Bhutan will agree that the state of the media has improved in the past year or two.

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Preventing auto theft can be easy

Motor vehicle theft is a problem that is growing in the border town of Phuentsholing. In the last two years, more than 10 vehicles were stolen from the town. Of the 10 Bolero pickup trucks that were stolen from the town, not one has been recovered.

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