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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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A timely reminder

Aum Dem, a farmer from Wangduephodrang who was attending a wedding ceremony in Thimphu yesterday best described what farmers go through when it rains around this time.

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Determining electricity tariff

The domestic electricity policy is only in its draft stage, yet there are conclusions made that it is going to impede the growth of the private sector. It is normal to see and nothing new to hear such views when a group of businessmen are put in a room to discuss government policies.

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More than a game

An interim coach and a new skipper will lead the Bhutanese national football team when they face Hong Kong today. This is the sixth game in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and another good opportunity to face an international team as we build a national team.

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Aviation regulator requires strengthening

In what should be considered a stroke of luck, the body responsible for improving aviation safety in South Asia, the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Airworthiness Programme, will be moving its head office to Bhutan.

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The ugly side of the beautiful game

Bhutan’s dramatic but incomplete comeback against the Maldives on Thursday was celebrated like a big win.  But the premature departure of the head coach of the national team, Norio Tsukitate, cast a shadow over the memorable feat, albeit a defeat.

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