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Keeping our children away from drugs

One of the biggest scourges of the modern times, drug abuse, is gnawing into the Bhutanese society. Going by the reports of incidents that come out in the media from time to time, the number of people peddling and abusing drugs seems to be increasing by the year. This is ...

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Sanitation woes

It took a long time for Bhutan to acknowledge the benefits of sanitation and hygiene. The sight of public toilets filled with stones and sticks, overflowing with faeces and a dry taps​ ha​ve been an eyesore to those who need ​to use a rest room. While we do blame culture ...

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Agriculture calling, at long last

Agriculture is finally getting some real place in our development strategy. What the commercial banks ought to have done long ago is now happening. From the total domestic loan of about Nu 97 billion, agriculture sector holds only five percent of the share. Investment in agriculture has been painfully negligible. ...

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The unemployment conundrum

Unemployment is the biggest issue confronting Bhutan today. Even as efforts are made​,​this chronic problem persists. We have seen the issue being politicised and jobseekers blamed for lack of required skills or aptitude. Numbers of those employed are hurled when concerns are raised but survey results on the unemployment situation ...

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Leaving the LDC group

Bhutan has made tremendous socioeconomic progress since the first Plan. The speed with which the country marched on has been the envy of many developing and developed nations. The smallness of our size played a significant role. We have been frugal with our expenses and sensible with our plans too. ...

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Promote east into what?

Although our fortresses and monasteries defy it, Bhutan’s geography has determined its development activities. And for long, we have heard this rhetoric being used to rationalise underdevelopment in areas that are not in western Bhutan. Tourism is one of those sectors that have been confined to the western dzongkhags. Poor ...

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Prioritise special education needs

Bhutan has made impressive development in the area of inclusive education. But more needs to be done. Special education, otherwise known as special needs education or aided education, is the practice of educating students with special educational needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. What this ...

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The troubled agriculture sector

Potato is one of the most important crops in Bhutan. Its impact in improving the lives of rural population and enhancing their socioeconomic well-being has been dramatic and well documented. Given the importance of this versatile economic crop to our farmers, it is a pity to see our farmers troubled ...

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Conserving for development

Coinciding with the birth anniversary of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen launched the Bhutan for Life initiative to protect the country’s network of protected areas. What is Bhutan for Life? We need to understand this. It is a joint initiative of the government and the ...

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Cushioning the GST impact

Starting November 11, petrol and diesel became cheaper in the country. The government announced that with India including petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, the government has decided to not take any fiscal measures to make up for the revenue loss the country would incur ...

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