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More needs to be done to fight HIV/AIDS

Every time there is a new report from the Ministry of Health about the disease, we find a rise in the number of HIV+ cases in the country. This is worrying. This year, between November and June, 27 new HIV+ cases were detected in the country. Since the first case …

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Changes

A lot has changed in Bhutan. A lot has not. The population and housing census report, which has captured the socio-economic changes and deprivation in the last 12 years also reflects the changes Bhutan saw as a democracy. We are more literate and living longer. Literacy rate, which has reached 71.4 …

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PHC gives us new grounds for planning development

Data, reliable statistics, are at the centre of policy and planning success. As the prime minister said at the launch, the document “gives us a chance to understand the opportunities and risks.” The new population and housing census (PHC) that the National Statistics Bureau released Monday give us new findings, …

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Fix accountability

Our thromdes are not living up to their mandate.  As a part of the local government, thromdes were instituted to facilitate proper town planning and development. Their formation was to promote self-governance, share power with the people and to develop local resources and capabilities. But this is not how the …

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Unemployment: Wishing it away won’t help

There are enough jobs in the country. This is what prime minister said in the National Assembly recently. We have been hearing the same refrain even as unemployment, particularly youth unemployment is growing slowly and steadily. Either the leaders are making a mockery of the rising unemployment or they do …

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Non – compliance to audit observations

The Royal Audit Authority’s report on civil servants indulging in fictitious tours raises serious questions on the professionalism and integrity of the bureaucracy.  Civil servants claiming allowances without travelling or inflating their claims is not new. The audit report only confirms how widespread the practice is and that it has …

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Small thoughts as summer break nears

The peak of summer is approaching. This is the time when children are ready for a well-deserved break from schoolwork and routine. As much as it is a happy time for the children and parents, this is also the time when our children are exposed to risks. Unhealthy distractions are …

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The water crisis

Although a bit late, Thimphu ​T​hromde’s move to embrace social media to gather feedback and complaints from its residents is encouraging. With residents using social media platform to share their grievances and feedback, the thromde has now started a common social media platform for people to interact with the municipality. …

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Strengthening local governments

As the process of decentralisation speeds up, the need to strengthen local government has become ever so urgent. For the roots of democratic culture to dig deep into the consciousness of the communities, strong and vibrant system of local governance has to be nurtured. When governments at the grassroots fail, …

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Fighting corruption is everyone’s responsibility

 A complaint was filed with the Anti-Corruption Commission almost everyday. This is , however, 13 percent drop from the previous year.  The commission’s annual report 2017 does not state  reasons for the decline and past reports show that this has been the trend. Some see the drop in the number …

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