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Thimphu’s traffic could be better managed

There’s no avoiding it. The number of vehicles will continue to spiral. Significant improvements to our pedestrian footpath network and public transport are many years down the line. As a result, people will continue to buy vehicles, and we can expect to spend longer times in traffic jams.

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Initiating change

It is difficult to change our habits. But when there is a feel-good factor, many don’t mind attempting. It works for some. There is no harm for those who fail.

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A grim reminder

If the warnings of a massive earthquake are coming thick and fast, it is relieving to hear that a lot is being done in terms of preparedness in the country.

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Giving back

The short walk from the border gate in Phuentsholing back to the hotel or to the immigration office can be a terrible experience. The dust, heat and smoke from the numerous vehicles that ply the road can be utterly suffocating.

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Making good use of media apps

A mid concerns that our people are increasingly losing their privacy in this age of smartphones and improved communications technologies, we have noticed how responsible use of messaging and networking apps can actually help stop sad unravelling of social fibre in our communities.

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Securing the country from e-waste

It is comforting to know that the government will soon identify an e-waste management entity, and that our e-waste will hopefully be disposed off in an environmentally friendly way within a year or two.

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Not a good trend to set

Earlier this week we saw the worst voter turn out in any of the elections we have had so far. In fact, in one of the seven constituencies we had no zomdu (meeting) to nominate a candidate. Election officials outnumbered voters at the polling stations.

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