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What challenge, really?

Education is in the limelight yet again. Not for any encouraging reason, however. Schools in Thimphu are bursting at the seams. Some schools in the capital are forced to convert laboratories into classrooms because of excessive admission pressure. At the same time, schools in rural pockets of the country are ...

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Employment dilemma?

Prime Minister has asked the employment task force to create more employment opportunities in the country. The news is welcome. There was the talk of a 100 percent employment and then of full employment not so long ago.  These promises have not faded from public memory. Whatever they mean in ...

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The hydra-headed monster in our midst

It was quite a scene at the Zangtopelri complex in Phuentsholing town, as Anti Corruption Commission officials shut down a shopping complex and three other shops, allegedly linked to corrupt practices. A huge crowd gathered at the premises as words spread about the presence of the ACC investigation team.  By ...

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Say no to no NFE

It’s a shame that the education ministry’s most successful programme, the non-formal education, is in dire need of attention. Giving an opportunity for those, who missed out formal education, the programme came as a boon for the ones who could not read and write.  Its popularity was evident from the ...

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Detoxifying the ‘democratic’ process

It is late, but that’s better than never.  An association like the recently launched Bhutan Democracy Dialogue was one that was missing in our journey to making Bhutan a strong and unique democracy. The body is a multi party association, which knows well what transpires before, during and after an ...

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Some monsoon magic

The season of rain has now begun, officially. Freshness is all about. Our gardens, our walkways and our pathways are breathing life and hope. Flowers are in full bloom. There are colours and fragrance myriad in the air. It’s a time of celebration, of things good and promising. Poets have ...

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The private sector speaks

The annual general meeting of the Bhutan Chambers of Commerce and Industries is a good forum for the private sector to raise and discuss issues concerning them.  It is here the sector, now hope of the government for employment generation, raises concerns of government policies that benefit or affect them.

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A good reform

Education lies at the front and centre of our national life. Our success and our failure will be determined by the robustness of our education system. Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment’s (BCSEA) decision to include more competency-based questions that will require critical thinking is welcome.

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Moving up in the World Cup

The suspense is over.  The draw for the second round of World Cup 2018 is out, and we know our chances of progressing to the next stage. We are already the underdogs, even if we were ranked above Hong Kong in the recently updated FIFA ranking.  The biggest hurdle obviously ...

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Support for the private sector

There are a lot of expectations rested on our private sector.  It is the engine and the driver of economic growth, and solution to a mounting unemployment problem.  Such is the importance of the sector, long recognised, at least theoretically. The sector, despite all its shortcomings, has matured.  Today, they ...

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