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Realising the organic vision

Much has been written and talked about our endeavour to become organic by 2020. The discussion that was held to assess where Bhutan is in becoming one was timely and revealing.

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Talking about promoting our culture

As the custodians of our culture, it is incumbent on us to make every effort to protect and preserve the Bhutanese culture in their many forms. As foreign cultures come stomping about, we risk losing the tangible and intangible elements that inform our culture and shape our identity.

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The power of corruption

The deliberations on the Anti-Corruption Report at the Parliament were thorough and important. It has to be, given that abuse of functions tops Anti-Corruption Commission’s list of complaints. To our policymakers and the society, this should be worrying because it indicates the power of power to corrupt those in positions of authority.

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Agriculture: Going beyond figures

Agriculture is coming back on the focus of our national life. And this is good news. Although agriculture does not feature prominently in the report, the national budget for the financial year 2017-18, has allocated 9 percent to the sector, a slight increase from the last fiscal year.

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Putting central school debate in the right perspective

The central school system debate is welcome. Such a debate must be seen as required for a successful implementation of the policy. If the policy is to succeed, authorities concerned should lend their ears to the concerns raised about the deteriorating conditions in some of the central schools.

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Frothing in shame?

Rains have come and there is the real show going on in the town this day. Along the thoroughfares of Thimphu city, great drama is unfolding. Our manholes are bursting gloriously. That is the picture of our city plan.

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Implementation is the weakest link

Gambling has silently plagued our society for a long time now. Yet, we are not able to do much in solving this menace. From a logical perspective, gambling is at the centre of bigger social issues related to drugs and youth problems. It is associated with mental health problems, loss of jobs, severe debts, depression, mood disorders, and anti-social personality.

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Going beyond the ranking

Happiness has become synonymous to Bhutan, at least to the world outside. At home, the concept is both subjective and debatable even if we may not deny happiness being identified with the country. Happiness is conveniently linked with everything that happens in the country and at one’s convenience; it is both ridiculed and praised.

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