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‘Multi parking’- A temporary solution

A three-storey multi-parking building that can accommodate 202 vehicles was opened in Phuentsholing to ease the parking space problem. Two similar structures are being built in the capital city. When they open, there will be 574 parking spaces created. Parking space is a big problem both in Phuentsholing and Thimphu. …

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Bracing urban development

With National Statistics Bureau’s launching of population projection for Bhutan, there is a clear message for the urban planners. According to Population Projections Bhutan 2017-2047, by 2037 half the population of Bhutan will be living in urban areas. In the 30-year projection period, urban population of 275,000 is likely to …

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The population dynamics

As the National Statistical Bureau releases the population projection officially confirming where we will stand in terms of population in the next 30 years, there was no real surprise. Bhutan’s population is increasing, but at a slower rate. Even by 2047, we will not reach the one million mark. The …

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Need for tax reforms

The government is clear on its fiscal policy. It will ensure sustained economic growth by broadening the tax base and rationalising capital and recurrent expenditure. How the government rationalise capital and recurrent expenditure will depend on what activities are listed in the 12th Plan and how they implement and monitor …

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TVET short-changed

Along time ago, our policy makers recognised that our labour market needs had changed. They realised that with thousands of young people finishing higher secondary schools and college, the government couldn’t provide all of them with jobs. There were jobs but no takers, there were university graduates but no jobs. They …

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On alcohol again

Alcohol, an old issue, is back in the Parliament. There is nothing new except that this time it is a report from the National Council’s good governance committee. The issues, problems and challenges remain the same. It is like we say, old wine in a new bottle. The Council pointed …

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Need to improve preterm care

In September last year, 11 babies died at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Some insiders even took the number of deaths to 19. How that Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC) and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for preterm babies are found to require improvement is …

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Water shortage in broader perspective

The monumental irony of the age is that Bhutan is water-rich, yet the problem of water shortage has been growing in the country over the years. The fact that both urban and rural Bhutan are increasingly having to contend with such privations is an indictment that we are getting it wholly …

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Putting Science and Mathematics development at the top

Science and Mathematics are our future. Their development will play a critical role in shaping our nation’s success. It is in this backdrop that the education ministry’s decision to establish a premier school for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the country is highly appreciated. Mathematics and Science were never very …

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12th Plan – for information or deliberation?

The National Assembly and the National Council have said that both the houses would review and deliberate the 12th Plan. According to the National Assembly members, the Plan does not meet their expectations and has nothing ambitious, exciting, or revolutionary. The National Council has said that it would form a committee …

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Such optimism is welcome

Even as agriculture is Bhutan’s biggest sector that employs more than half the population, it has been in receipt of the smallest share of budget. The outlay for the sector has been declining since the since the first Five-Year Plan that began in 1961. The largest share of budget the …

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The overseas employment conundrum

Following more than a year of speculations and allegations in the overseas programme for India and Japan, the ACC’s investigation has shed some light on corrupt practices that were executed under the veneer of addressing unemployment. It has implicated the former labour minister, the incumbent director general of the department …

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Ruminating change

At a time when pros and cons of doing away with Saturday classes are still being debated, the 19th Annual Education Conference in Phuentsholing Wednesday arrived at a decision that there would not be Saturday classes starting 2019 academic session. That there were strong reservations from some of the participants …

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