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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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Celebrating excellence

Bhutanese journalists received excellence in journalism award yesterday. It was the celebration of a profession that records the pulse of the nation with sincere dedication and utmost respect for truth. It was also a most fitting way to observe the World Press Freedom Day. Such recognition is necessary, not for ...

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Not a good example

Some 45 officials in schedule I, including members of parliament, a secretary and heads of non-government organisations, have failed to declare their assets. They have not done it so even in the month-long grace period the Anti Corruption Commission allows.  Are our ‘big” officials up to something then?  Will they ...

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Fill in the blanks

The National Land Commission is on an important mission.  They will soon start mapping gungtongs in the country and then come up with policy recommendations for the government. This will be, like Bhutanese say, honey to the ears of the local leaders.  Villages are getting empty because people lock up ...

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Better late than never

Getting around the capital city, even for long time residents, is quite a challenge. This is because our address system has not kept up with the growth of the city, especially in terms of numbers of building mushrooming every year.  In fact, we never had a street address system, although ...

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Now is the time to prepare

It is always said that we learn valuable lessons from natural disasters.  In the aftermath of a disaster, that is the only positive thing we can look forward to. The massive Nepal earthquake on Saturday, where more than 4,000 people were killed, as of last night, is a timely, even ...

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A lesson for us all

Picture speaks louder than words. Indeed. It was one of the most heart-touching pictures that we saw of Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay hugging Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala yesterday. Nepal, our good neighbour and friend, is today going through difficult times.  The massive earthquake that hit the nation on Saturday ...

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How prepared are we for the big shake

The Saturday earthquake in Nepal was a tragic event. It caused massive damage to property. Death toll is rising by the day. It is an urgent reminder to the Himalayan communities that sit on the major seismic zone. The reports we get are shifting. We are yet to figure what ...

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