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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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BBIN rises again

The BBIN motor vehicle agreement is back on the agenda for an upcoming joint session of Parliament where it will be put to a vote.

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Keep SP+ away

How hard is it to determine that SP+ is among the controlled substances? The main content of Spasmo Proxyvon (SP) may be dextropropoxyphene and tramadol of SP+. But both contents have the same effect on users. If SP is listed among controlled substances, why is SP+ not?

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Agriculture must receive priority

The issue of the elderly being left behind in villages is not new. Yet it remains a worrying trend, nagging policy makers and communities alike, especially when it occurs in hamlets like Bunakha in Chukha where land is fertile and accessibility a non-issue.

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BBIN binned

There will be no hordes of regional tourists and vehicles swamping Bhutan. The government will not introduce the BBIN motor vehicle agreement for discussion in the upcoming session of Parliament.

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