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Building modern temples of society

After many years of seeing the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck public library in Thimphu languish in its ancient cramped quarters while enormous structures like multi story buildings housing bars and snooker halls,

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Urgent action needed

It is worrying to learn that increasing number of students between classes PP and 10 are leaving school. The number of school-leavers this year has increased by about 2,000 compared with last year’s figure.

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A grim reality

If the murder of a schoolgirl in Yebilaptsa has left the family members in deep pain, it sure would have left the school community shell shocked.

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For our own safety

The World Health Organization’s status report on road safety could be looked from two angles. We can take pride in the findings of the report where it commended our helmet and drink-driving rules. The pedestrian death rate from road accidents is also the lowest in the region.

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A pragmatic rule

Thimphu Thromde had made a made a very sensible rule. They have decided to penalize people who litter and put up posters in the city. But the most relevant is penalizing people who spit doma juice in public spaces and smear lime on the nearest pillar or wall. Every pillar in Thimphu city or for that matter, any Bhutanese town, is literally covered in lime smears.

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Protecting tigers and farmers

It was not long ago that we celebrated the Global Tiger Day. Bhutan is richer with 28 more tigers since it last counted 17 years ago. The news made headlines and the country was lauded for its conservation efforts.

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Recognizing blue collar skills

It is timely that the government is drafting a Technical and Vocational Education and Training blueprint that will guide and influence reforms in the sector for the next 15 years.

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For our own health

If non-communicable diseases or NCD is associated with the wealthy, we are fast becoming a wealthy society. But this is no reason to feel happy. It is just a bad joke.

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