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All about numbers?

Registration has not yet opened and the number is likely to change. But the number of candidates aspiring to contest in the upcoming National Council elections indicates an encouraging start to the election season, at least in terms of choice.

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Culture and rights

Preservation and promotion of culture is becoming increasingly difficult in rural Bhutan. While we continue to give special importance to the cardinal pillars of Gross National Happiness, the changing society is grappling with new challenges.

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Health first

The health of its people reflects a society’s wellbeing. Health is one of the main domains of Gross National Happiness and free access to basic healthcare is mandated by the Constitution.

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Dangerous side of national game

Our national sport is entertaining, dangerously so. Every now and then we hear about injury that the sport causes. Sometimes it is about a hit on the leg. At other times the arrow strikes the skull.

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Uncivil servants

The productivity of any organisation hinges on the performance of its human resource. Valuing the role they play in providing public service, the civil service places high emphasis on the conduct of civil servants.

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JDWNRH corporatisation: What’s the debate?

About the corporatisation of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), we called for an in-depth study from the beginning. This is at long last happening with reconstitution of a committee to assess the possibility of corporatising the hospital.

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We are what we watch

Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority’s (BICMA) initiative to “standardise” and to make the number of television channels uniform throughout the country is appreciable. What is more important, though, is our focus on the contents. Rather the lack of it. Any number of channels anywhere at anytime is by far less significant than the quality of programmes we offer our viewers.

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What aggrieves our health workers?

Human resource is the core of any health care system. Our health workers have been critical in the country’s progress in maintaining the health and wellbeing of the population. Built on a strong foundation of primary healthcare system, Bhutan has been able to meet most of the healthcare goals. National surveys show that more than 90 percent of the population is satisfied with the healthcare services.

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Controlling dog population needs sustained effort

We won international awards for dog population management, not once, but twice. Going by the records, we have stabilised dog population through mass sterilisation programmes. This success story, though, doesn’t give us the real picture of the situation. Why would some towns in the country cry for help otherwise?

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