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True state of our fourth estate

At a meeting of media officials yesterday, funding newspapers to cover the up coming local government elections sounded a priority in the next few months. It is a nice gesture. Elections are important, local or parliamentary, and reporters have to be in the field.

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Bringing women on board

At a time when we are talking about whether we should allot quotas to encourage women to join politics and vie for positions in the local governments, we are witnessing a welcome development in some quarters of the country. The signs are encouraging.

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Riding the zebra

Beginning October, pedestrians who do not use a Zebra crossing will be fined in Thimphu city.

This is to be expected with Thimphu city’s motor and pedestrian traffic expanding while the infrastructure struggles to keep up.

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Following up

Exactly two months ago, an e-receipt facility was launched with much pomp and expectations at the Lungtenzampa fuel station.

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Watching what we watch

Local cable television operators will restrict airing school concerts to only two hours a day. The authority, Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA), has found the content “annoying and monotonous”.

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For a skilled workforce

There is a lot of focus on improving our technical and vocational education in the country. A blueprint to make the field attractive is readied and will be submitted to the Cabinet soon.

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Building good toilet culture

A group of students from Yoezerling Higher Secondary School were seen cleaning public toilets during Paro tshechu this week. They volunteered to do the service with Bhutan Toilet Organisation (BTO).

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In everybody’s interest

After almost two years of investigations, Gidawom mining case’s verdict is finally out. If a court verdict is judged by who won or lost, as many Bhutanese would like to read, the 29 property owners around the mines have won.

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Ignore the noise

It is a pity that we are still divided about women participating in khuru tournaments.

But that is to be expected of societies in transition.

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