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Need to get figures right

We never really could settle on right percentage of our land under forest cover. In the 1980s, we were told that Bhutan had 72.5 percent of its land under forest cover. Then the figure dropped to less than 65 percent, according to some forest experts.

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Changing face of our society

Bhutan is rapidly changing. The alacrity with which change is coming in is sometimes overwhelming. While it is inevitable that economic progress will bring transformation, we could also be losing the very elements that have defined our society.

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One in a million

With the lottery back in business, many have already purchased tickets and are eagerly awaiting the big day to see if they win Nu 1 million or at least Nu 500,000.

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Empowering the differently-abled

Differently-abled people in the country do not have a lot of choice. Some even do not have space in our education system. What they do get aplenty, though, is social stigma and our pity. It is not pity they deserve, but our compassion and support.

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Honouring the rule of law

It is heartening that Project DANTAK and IMTRAT have agreed to streamline non-uniform labourers in accordance with the labour and immigration laws. This is a good example set by these two agencies to both internal and external agencies in the country that the rule of law must be followed and implemented without exceptions.

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Testing times have come

It is exam time. Children are busy revising the lessons. Parents are worried and so are our teachers. For some students, this is a crucial time. This exam will determine their future.

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