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Water: solving the problem of plenty

There cannot be greater irony than the fact that even as we swim in the humongous abundance of water we should feel the want of it. Bhutan has one of the highest per capita availability of water in the world, yet households in parts of our country increasingly face absolute shortage of water. Lack of water for irrigation has led many rural folks to leave their land uncultivated and abandon their ancestral home in utter desperation.

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Our Gyalsey is born

Bhutan woke up early today as the news of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen becoming parents ushered the dawn. The day long awaited came; a more happy day there couldn’t be to begin the day.

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Saving on electricity

ELectricity is our biggest export, the main source of revenue. Therefore, there is a heavy reliance on it.

What we are not realizing is that the export could be hampered if internal consumption keeps increasing as it has.

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Cleaning house

Our image may be in for a beating if the findings of the circulation audit is true.

An auditor has alleged that some of us have been inflating figures of our sales, creating fictitious receipts, and falsifying income, among others.

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The black elephant

In a turn of events, the IT park is shedding its image as a white elephant.

By the end of this year, there could be a thousand Bhutanese, the majority youth, employed at the park. It may not have met initial expectations of bringing in a large IT company like Infosys or Genpact but it seems to be headed in the right direction in terms of employment and local skills development.

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Saving the government coffer

Finally there is a solution to the simple problem that the government or the public corporations could never find so far. In the meantime, they have lost millions of Ngultrums, if we go back to the days when we introduced pool vehicle.

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