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The purpose of APA

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering on Wednesday signed the first annual performance agreement (APA) with the ministers, who did the same with their secretaries. Agreement was also signed with Thimphu dzongdag and thrompon. More APA signings are expected to follow in the coming days. APA is essentially a good idea …

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The earn and learn saga

The controversy surrounding the infamous Earn and Learn programme in Japan needs a closure. Even though the programme may have benefitted more Bhutanese youth, the flurry of corruption and exploitation it has spewed over the past months has left the initiative with little creditability.  The indecisiveness from policy makers to resolve …

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Fostering competition important

Bhutanese manufacturers and businesses could very well have been in the mind of a great American millionaire-author Kiyosaki when he famously declared: “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” Perhaps we are still a long way from realising the fact that sensible innovation and relentless marketing are at the heart of …

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The neglected

Every week someone commits suicide in Bhutan. Putting in place a national suicide prevention programme may have documented reported suicide cases, but it appears to have not achieved much in understanding the reasons why people take their own lives. The cause of suicide for more than 60 percent of the reported cases …

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The chilli issue

In July 2016, the then government decided to temporarily ban the import of chillies. It was decided after discovering a high level of pesticides in the imported spice -considered a vegetable only in Bhutan. The decision was lauded even if Bhutanese cannot do without chillies for a single meal. It …

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A dilemma facing trained teachers

For the 200-something trained teachers waiting for jobs, the Royal University of Bhutan’s recent announcement to take in an equivalent number for the two teacher-training colleges must have hit like unpalatable joke on their misery. The question they might be asking is why train more teachers when they are not recruited. At a glance, it seems like a double irony – to …

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An occasion to reflect on

As Bhutan celebrates the birth anniversary of His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo, the occasion provides an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate Bhutanese are to have a People’s King serving the people and the nation. Drukyul’s continued peace, prosperity and progress, security and sovereignty are the results of outstanding leadership …

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Of realities 

Mired in delays, designed or otherwise and geological surprises, something is not going right with the hydropower projects in the country. All three elected governments have been involved at various stages of developing the on-going hydropower projects and all continue to cite the same reasons for the delays. Concerns raised on …

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The purpose of salary revision

As pay commission members seek feedback and hold rounds of consultations, the government has asked the commission to look into rewarding performance. While the condition has come at a time when performance appraisals of civil servants continue to remain controversial, instituting a system to reward skills and hard work, if …

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A bureaucratic gridlock?

Stories of hardships facing the Bhutanese youth in Japan who went to that country under earn and learn programme remain entangled in uncertainties and renewed debates. While the government has announced that it has arranged with Bhutan Development Bank Ltd. to extend loan repayment time for the youth, the bank …

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Keep vagrant animals off the city roads

They are not everywhere all of the time, of course, but when they are free ranging on the city roads more often than not, allowing some flexibility to the standing rules or turning a blind eye to the problem should be a cause for concern. The thromde administration is either …

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Unfinished business

After getting accustomed to delayed projects, we have now begun to inaugurate incomplete projects. The new Gelephu drungkhag office in Umling and the Tsirang hospital were still under construction even as they were inaugurated last year. The recently inaugurated eco-friendly treatment plant in Hejo is also incomplete. While inaugurations for the …

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The consequences

There is none so deaf as those who will not hear and none so blind than those who will not see. It is both shocking and sad that even today we have among us some phenomenally blinkered deniers of climate change. But the reality of the blue planet fast nearing …

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