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Tenancy Act’s Second Coming

A joint sitting of Parliament has passed the Tenancy Act (amended) yesterday.  It will come into force once it receives Royal Assent. But the parliament endorsing the Act didn’t stir a public discussion like when it was first proposed in 2004.  Forced by urban growth and pressure on housing, the ...

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Lest we forget

Not long ago, when we were not what we are today, one thing that really didn’t bother us was what we consumed. Some cultivated land, some reared cattle and others bartered what they grew or produced.  Rice, corn, wheat or barley was in short supply, but we were happy.  Farmers ...

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Another reminder

Alone at home with her five-year-old daughter, a mother texted her husband to come home early, if he could.  She was scared.  With the gossip mill churning out stories of another big one coming soon, the second big earthquake in Nepal yesterday afternoon shook us again. There are no reports ...

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Bringing our posterity well

Our cities and towns are rapidly becoming home to increasing number of desperate young people. Our young people are our hope, our guardians of peace and leaders of our prosperity. But, how are our young people really growing up? Youth crime is growing in our cities and our towns. We ...

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For the convenience of us all

In what will be a welcome change on the Thimhu-Babesa expressway, the Thimphu thromde will start designating pick up and drop off stands to ease traffic congestion. This is one facility conspicuously missing on our roads, whether it is in small towns or the capital. Without such a facility, taxis ...

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A good reform, indeed

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has reduced the ‘cooling period’ for those who joined political parties and now wish to enter civil service to one year from three. It is a welcome move. Cooling period of three years was ‘unnecessarily long” indeed. And many fell prey to the consequences, ...

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A weakness for flesh

An interesting debate has picked up on the social media, following an opinion printed in the My Say column of this newspaper.  The letter requests the government to reconsider their plan to start a meat-processing unit and slaughterhouses. The letter, warning that such a cruel act would end the sacred ...

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Specter haunts us again

A fire on Tuesday gutted 13 houses in Changzamtog, Thimphu. People who lived in those houses that are no more could salvage nothing pretty much because they weren’t there when the incident occurred early in the evening. This should come as a strong reminder of danger that our towns are ...

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Signs of an economy in good shape?

Has the country economic situation improved?  Yes, at least going by the government’s decision to purchase four new Toyota land cruiser Prados as duty cars for cabinet ministers. Four new land cruisers, each costing not less than Nu 3 million, have left Phuentsholing recently.  The luxurious and expensive vehicle spells ...

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Beware the bearer of gifts

Is the government initiative of promoting electric vehicles benefitting only a selected few?  According to the Anti Corruption Commission, it appears so. Although the commission couldn’t establish a direct case of conflict of interest, the message is clear.  That in promoting a noble initiative, they have come in conflict with ...

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