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Safety first or last?

Residential and forest fires are among the most common fire incidents reported in the country. The onset of dry season and increasing use of heating appliances makes the country more combustible. We have long been familiar with fire hazards. Poor investigation has always compelled us to assume short circuit as ...

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Energy security: But more could be done

The country is expected to invest more in renewable energy sector in the next five years. This is good news. When it comes to energy, we have only invested in hydropower. This, according to experts may be not sustainable in the long run. When we talk about investment, we are ...

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What does people-​centric mean?

Development has to be people- centric, more so in a society like ours that emphasises happiness of its people. As consultations for the 12th Plan gain pace, we are told are that this Plan would be peopl e – centric. While this development in planning is humane and progressive, it ...

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Looking at culture and heritage presevation

Conservation is at the heart of our development policy, be it environmental or cultural. But this day we are talking about culture. This week in Thimphu, management plans for three identified cultural landscapes were presented. Plans for six cultural landscapes: Buli, Ramtoe, Ura, Nabji, Gangtey, and Rinchengang were discussed. At ...

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About choices

Development depends on nature, more so in a country like ours. For it to succeed, it has to be sustainable​.​

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Bringing up education quality

Quality education ought to be the centrepiece of our development policy. For far too long, however, we have struggled with deteriorating quality of education. Many reforms were instituted to address this reality, from access improvement to teacher-student ratio to curriculum to consolidation of schools. Results, though, have not been very encouraging.

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Inclusive development?

Ageing affects everyone. But when the elderly are tucked away or left behind in villages and monasteries and streets, away from the gaze of the younger lot living in towns, the ageing process and the elderly appear to become invisible.

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Need to bolster preparedness

A study by experts has found that Thimphu is vulnerable to many types of natural disasters. Rainfall-induced floods and landslides were among the many dangers facing the city and its fringes.

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How media literate are we?

As our society evolves, the way we share information is changing. And we are grappling with this difficult evolution today. In the society we live, prudish as we might want to believe we are, change is driving us one way. We are talking about media literacy – the ability to access, analyse, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms.

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Take development to the highland

In the first meeting of the highlanders in the capital Wednesday, more than 350 highlanders from 10 dzongkhags met to put before the government a list of priorities for the highland communities in the 12th Plan.

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