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The plight of potato farmers

Every time our farmers take truckloads of potatoes to the auction yard, a problem arises. The problem of space constraint is not new to the farmers or the Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (FCB) that facilitates the auction. But with no measures being taken to address the problem, the auction …

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A dry monsoon

The monsoon is not yet over but there has not been much rain this year. Farmers in many parts of the country, particularly in the western, eastern, and central regions have suspended agricultural activities. Drying water sources have in many villages made the matter worse. In desperation some are resorting …

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Construction sector should do more

When the bridge over Gongri River was launched to connect the long-awaited Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway in February this year, residents of Gyalpoizhing, Lhuentse and Mongar arranged refreshments for road officials. The people were at the bridge to express their gratitude to those involved in building the highway. For them, infrastructure development …

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Mental illness, a serious concern

To say that mental illnesses are fast emerging to be a serious national health concern would be wrong. They are in fact more common than most lifestyle-related illnesses like cancer, diabetes, or heart diseases that are among the top causes of mortality in the country. Because most mental illnesses are …

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We are what we post

When photographs of the body of a Bhutanese woman, an overseas employee who died abroad, started circulating on social media recently, the labour ministry was oblivious of such posts on Facebook. It later learnt that the body was of an overseas employee who had gone abroad through its programme. That …

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We could do with fewer gewogs than we have

Is reduction in the number of gewogs good? Looking from the perceptive of administrative efficiency the fewer the number of gewogs we have the better. When decentralisation process began in the early 1980s Bhutanese communities were far apart from each other, separated by difficult terrain. That was perhaps the reason …

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Let the people decide

The Election Commission of Bhutan has the responsibility to conduct free and fair elections, not to decide for the people. The High Court’s ruling in the ​Commission vs Druk Gaki Tshogpa case made this point clear to the commission, which while vetting aspiring political parties for registration had gone beyond …

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Report to remove fake accounts

We have seen it in the past. It is here again. In the days ahead as election nears we will see more of it in their varied shades and manifestations. Should we be worried? Attacks on individuals, groups and organisations are so distastefully rampant it borders on the militancy. And …

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Youth, whose responsibility?

A  series of activities are underway across the country today to keep the youth productively engaged during their summer holidays. These activities celebrate youth and are held to nurture and harness their potentials. Such efforts are commendable. But there is a small but growing number of youth who are increasingly getting …

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Cutting alcohol consumption is the answer

It bears out what even our uninformed guess would have told us. Alcohol liver disease (ALD) remains the leading cause of death in the country. According to the annual health bulletin 2018, 166 Bhutanese died of alcohol-related diseases last year. A small decrease in the number of deaths due to …

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