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Legislative oversight?

Deliberations on the government’s proposed salary revision ended yesterday with some major changes made to the proposal. The most noticeable change is the increased hike in the salary of the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which is proposed above that of cabinet …

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The salary revision debate

There was drama, tension and even humour at the National Assembly yesterday as members deliberated on the government’s proposed salary revision. Outside the Assembly hall, thousands were watching with attention, the marathon session, which went into late evening. The Assembly endorsed to increase the salary of the Chief Justice of …

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For better urban transport system

The project to introduce sustainable low-emission urban transport system in the country seems still to have made not much headway beyond vague and woolly planning processes in the bureaucratic corridors. In other words, we may have almost fully laid to waste the first of the three-year (2019-2021) project timeline. Although …

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The age of consent

The legislative committee of the Assembly proposed to amend the Penal Code. In it was a proposal to reduce the age of consent from 18 years to 16. It sparked a debate, mostly online. The general feeling was that reducing the age of consent, the legal age considered to consent …

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There are lots under the surface (collection)

Going by recent issues surfacing on surface collection of boulders and exporting them to Bangladesh, there seem to be a rush – a big one. Located on a delta, Bangladesh needs stone. The country is developing fast. It is the second fastest growing economy today. They need stones and boulders …

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It happens only in Bhutan

A small stretch of road near Dantak, Thimphu, was closed for traffic since Monday. It is only about seven metres, not much in length. It was not a disaster. But when it comes to inconvenience, it is a huge problem, although commuters grumble and take the next shortest detour. Everything …

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Conservation vs. economic benefits

The establishment of human-wildlife conflict endowment fund is most welcome. The agriculture ministry’s target is to raise at least USD 35 million. It has reached Nu 40 million. The government will add Nu 16M every year to the fund. The fund will serve as the seed money and compensations for …

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Pressure on our land

Not long ago, landowners of Chang and Barp gewogs (south Thimphu today) wanted to hold on to their ancestral land when the government proposed expanding the city to their agriculture land. Alien concepts like land pooling or land contribution scared farmers. The government had no choice. The capital city was …

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Prioritise road safety 

The tragic mishap in Wangdue, where a bus with 24 people on board plunged into the Punatshangchu, raises the issue on road safety, yet again. Motor vehicle accidents are both traumatic and dramatic. At times like this, we are quick to blame the roads, the weather and the driver for …

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The egg issue

There is good news and bad news in the egg business. The good news is egg, an indispensable part of our diet, is becoming cheaper. From Nu 350 a tray (30 eggs), it has come down to Nu 220 in Thimphu. Given that egg is a good source of protein, …

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Listening to the deaf

The occasion was 10 years of democracy. The theme of the forum, Democracy- A path to good governance, was pertinent. Panelists were eminent members from different fields. But at the democracy forum organised by the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy and Royal University of Bhutan on Tuesday, two students …

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Agriculture needs real investment

Although we are an agrarian society, investment and development in the sector has been lacking. With rapid economic development that we continue to witness, agriculture is fast taking the back seat. The danger is that we could become more dependent on food imports which is not good for the nation’s …

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