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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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A wasteland of mediocrity?

Many Bhutanese are heading abroad. Scholarships used to be the reason. Not anymore. For a growing number of young, talented and restive Bhutanese, going abroad means opportunity of a lifetime to make some decent money. But why go abroad to make money? The answer is: there isn’t space enough here ...

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Make the gambling ban stick

If there is one notable social ill in the country, it is gambling.  Recognising this, it was banned a long time ago, long before some of the victims of, what the former (late) Home Minister Tamshi Jagar described as, an “extortion business,” were even born. They realised that it was ...

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Being responsible

Last week, a falling wall killed a municipal worker in Changzamtog, Thimphu. It was a freak accident. The incident could have become big news had media not resorted to the basest and meanest of the roles it could play. But a worker’s or dasho’s, human life is precious.

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From tiny acorns do giant oaks grow

We tend not to notice small acts of kindness and appreciate the tiny and often selfless contributions that individuals make in our workaday lives.  We talk big.  At the same time, we are losing sense of our responsibility each to other as co-citizens. That is when where peace once was, ...

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Food safety first

On World Health Day yesterday, Bhutan, or at least some Bhutanese, joined the international community is in observing the day.  The theme, ‘Food Safety’ was most relevant at home too. In Phuentsholing, where the event to mark the day was held, food safety was mostly focused on what is cooked ...

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For a bigger and safer airport

It was quite a spectacle for the thousands of people, who visited Paro over the weekend.  The Paro tshechu, the Royal flower exhibition and, to the surprise of many, all the seven aircraft operated by the two Bhutanese airlines were on the ground at the same time.

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