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Better late than never

The team heading the water flagship programme will rework on the programme. Irrigation water was initially not included when drawing up the programme. It is included only on second thought, on the advice of the prime minister. Irrigation water is as important as drinking water.  It cannot be ignored. Beyond …

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What are we teaching our children?

The government’s decision to allow the underage students to continue their education for this academic session has come as a relief to hundreds of parents. Notwithstanding the importance and benefits of enrolling children at the age of six as prescribed by policy and understood by all, the government’s move to …

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Developing Zhemgang

As long as public space is provided, the issue of Sarpang replacing Zhemgang as a beneficiary of the tourism flagship programme will not go away. More than the issue of one dzongkhag benefiting or the other losing, there are other interests underneath the current debate. If not handled with care, …

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Transforming cottage and small scale industries

The Bhutan Economic Forum for Innovative Transformation (BEFIT) conference has ended, but the journey towards catalysing CSIs begins. A take away from the three-day conference is that Bhutan’s GNH-led philosophy of development is an appendage to place CSIs at the heart of an inclusive economy. Sustainable development is the global …

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Fix accountability, immediately

We do not have to wait for disasters to happen; we do not have to count the lives lost to realise our responsibilities, each individually. Yet, this is the problem that seems to be deeply embedded in the very cultural heart of the Bhutanese people. It is sickening how everyone …

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Promise of CSI growth is welcome

Cottage and small industries have been growing steadily over the years. After Royal Monetary Authority’s  (RMA) priority sector lending (PSL) policy it received priority, resulting in the CSI growth of more than 20 per cent. There are more than 20,000 licensed and operational CSIs in the country today. The good …

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In the wake of nature’s wrath

It is a busy week in the capital city. There are many fora and conferences scheduled for the week. We kicked off a big seminar where catering alone cost millions. Life seems busy and normal. Beyond Thimphu, in central and east Bhutan, it is a busier week. Road workers, officials and …

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The housing policy

There will finally be a housing policy- a comprehensive one indeed, that will come as a relief to the 81 percent and growing urban dwellers paying rents through their nose and always at the whims of the landlords. Housing is one of the biggest problems. If there is not enough, …

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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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