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A very exciting time, indeed!

This time round, we are experiencing an exciting time; it is almost wildly thrilling, to say the least. But then, excitements besides, we have a greater responsibility to think beyond matters mundane. We can do a lot better, together.

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History repeats

It was a brief downpour but it wrecked havoc in Thimphu city.

The road below the referral hospital resembled a torrential river. Long lines of vehicles had to form as each carefully navigated through the water. At least one vehicle stalled after water entered its engine.

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Need to employ caution

Many Bhutanese have been conned over the years. Even as we speak, many could be in the process of being hoodwinked by fake agents, promising good jobs abroad and good future.

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Preserving traditional medicine

Increasing demand for traditional medicines is causing concerns among traditional medicine pharmacists that over harvesting may lead to the extinction of some of the plants used as raw materials.

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A right decision

The government has granted Tashi Air a grace period of three years until 2019 to resume domestic air services. This is the most logical move at this point.

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Addressing society’s dirty disease

As we can have it, the case is still being investigated. Our wish is that the case is not just studied, but also examined to the degree it deserves to be highlighted to the society. Sometimes, it takes sincere effort to look into a mirror and face one’s own ugly grin.

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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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