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Misinforming the people?

Besides causing some disgruntlements, the government’s decision to pay higher allowances to teachers and clinical health workers has not, as claimed, made much impact. At least not in terms of retention or in coercing those who are on extra ordinary leave to return to work. The government announced that because …

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The monsoon and us

The seasonal monsoon trough is lying over the Himalayan range. This means there is more rain, heavy in some parts, in the next few days. Forecast from the national hydrology and meteorology centre is reliable now. With improved technology and expertise, the forecast has to be taken seriously. This is …

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Why begrudge teachers and health workers?

The decision has been made but the need to pay our teachers and clinical health professionals continue to be begrudged. Comparisons are made and the Opposition, which is party to the passing of the pay revision Bill, is fuelling disgruntlement among civil servants. For a society that has come this far …

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For better connectivity

In what is a huge milestone for exporters and the government, Bhutanese exporters have found a solution to the problem of exporting stones and aggregates to Bangladesh. The first consignment of stones using river Brahmaputra left for Bangladesh yesterday, signifying a new beginning in the export business. Inland waterways are …

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Fighting a losing battle

The reports are coming one after another that alcohol is taking a toll on our society. Alcohol liver disease (ALD) is still the leading cause of death in the country. Last year, ALD killed 113 although it was a drop from the previous year, 167. From the figures, it is evident that we have lost our battle and …

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Our people deserve better

The people and the country have moved on from the divisive politics that spewed distrust and hate during the campaign days. The on going spat between the government and the opposition tells us that our elected leaders have not. Where the issues and the disagreements should have been on the …

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When and from where formal education must begin

The Ministry of Education standing the ground on the issue of underage admission is welcome. The ministry in May revoked the admission of 890 PP students (below 5.5 years old) in public and private schools across the country. Parents, proprietors and principals of private schools then submitted a petition to the …

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An ailing health sector

Our healthcare system is crumbling. With health workers grabbing the attention of policy makers, we have overlooked the quality of health infrastructure in the country. New hospitals are reporting cracks in the walls and ceiling. Tsirang hospital was involved in a controversy when it was still under construction. The mother …

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The heat is on

It is hot these days. And many feel that the month that just went by was the hottest in many years. It was indeed. Although no comparisons were made to see if June was the hottest all over the country, at least those who have been to the mountains have …

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It’s a call to rise and decide for our own good

The implementation of the annual grants for gewog (AGG) has now begun. The first allotment of Nu 2.4 billion of the total package of Nu 12 billion has already been sanctioned for the 205 gewog in the country. Here is the opportunity for real decentralisation. Many a State plan has …

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A stunted agriculture sector

The prime minister announced in his state of the nation report that the government would work towards ensuring food self-sufficiency and reducing import. A few days earlier, the royal audit authority released the performance audi report on food security in the country. The findings are worrying. Except for fruits and …

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Clog the hole and clean the system

Not many years ago, when prisoners escaped from Chamgang Central Jail, commentators on the social media suggested the authorities to build “higher” walls. The humour had a deep meaning. Today, when Spasmo Proxyvon Plus (SP+) is found inside the jail, the best possible suggestion would be to demolish the wall …

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The irony of water-rich Bhutan

Bhutan is among the few countries that fall in the Hindu Kush Himalayas. For its vast water resources, the region is commonly referred to as the “water towers of Asia.” Ironically, Bhutan is also among the countries in the same region that is   fast facing the risk of droughts and …

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