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Changing mindsets on public transport

The country’s roads, especially in urban centres like Thimphu city or Phuentsholing, are getting crowded. With increasing imports of vehicles, increasing regional tourists visiting in their own vehicles, and a regional transport agreement that could see more foreign traffic on our soil, the existing road infrastructure is set to be overwhelmed in a few years, or sooner.

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What should we understand by autonomy?

Autonomy is freedom. There is no need for qualification or quantification beyond the word itself, plain as it is. But how do we understand, or rather sadly misunderstand, this precious little word that keeps echoing itself ever so loudly?

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Let agriculture grow and there will be jobs

Agriculture is Bhutan’s mainstay. It contributes to about 14 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

This gives us the real picture of ourselves. It takes courage to look ourselves into the mirror and acknowledge our faults and merits. Have we done that? Earnestly enough?

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Who are we protecting?

There is a discomforting story that is circulating both through the word of mouth and social media.

An association that helps people addicted to drugs or alcohol, Chithuen Phendey, has written to the Royal Bhutan Police seeking their intervention in dealing with a beneficiary.

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Using free time effectively

Vacation season has come and our streets are already awash with many bright, young and promising faces. Exams are over and our children are celebrating their free time moving around, visiting friends and family.

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Public discourse, a necessity

The fear is that Bhutan will be overwhelmed by private vehicles and cargo trucks from Bangladesh and Nepal if it were to ratify the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal Motor Vehicle Agreement (BBIN MVA).

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Fighting choeten vandalism

From the reports of choetens being vandalised and robbed off their nangtens (inner relics), it seems like the miscreants are on a choeten-robbing spree. In one week, 10 choetens were robbed in Mongar. That is a big number to comprehend.

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Yes, we can!

The international theme for observing this year’s World AIDS Day is “getting to zero”. It is an ambitious one- achieving zero new infection, zero death from HIV/AIDS and zero discrimination will be an uphill task. But the message is clear. We have to strive for that as a member of the global community.

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For a better world

Leaders from about 150 countries have gathered in Paris with a hope to create a new international climate agreement by the end of the Conference of the Parties (COP21).

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Ban not the best solution

Sreet vendors have appealed to the Prime Minister after authorities banned them from selling food at night on the streets. The police have attributed rising crime with the availability of late night street food. They argue that street food is encouraging people to stay out longer and providing the fuel for people to commit crime.

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