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Education must expand and include all

Even as we are in the process of restructuring our education system, our children in some quarters of this country are out of school. This is going by the latest Annual Education Statistics. About 1,039 primary-age children are out of school, or are not enrolled in any form of structured ...

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Determining legality of powers first

The High Court yesterday dismissed Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) petition for a Constitutional writ to declare the government granting fiscal incentives as unconstitutional. The Court also dismissed the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) submission of the case being subjudice. Bound by the grounds of dismissal, the High Court did ...

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About time we get serious on drugs

The proposal of  the National Assembly’s Legislative Committee to amend the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Act, 2015 (NDPSSAA) as an urgent bill in the forthcoming winter session is welcome. It’s important to have clear and objective law to deal with emerging threats to the Bhutanese society ...

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Congestion is result of poor planning

Phuentsholing is a town that has been growing rapidly. And with the lack of space, congestion has been a problem for a long time. With the number of vehicles growing by the day, finding a parking space in the town is a real challenge. The town has hit its limit. ...

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Inculcate the value of education

Bhutan is what it is today because of education. ​​However, there are some communities ​still ​that do not see education as an investment. The issue of students in Laya leaving school to help their parents at home, in collecting cordyceps​,​​ and providing pony services to visitors is ​worrying even if ...

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NCDs: Look beyond policy actions

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become Bhutan’s biggest health challenge. More than 5 percent of all deaths in the country is attributed to NCDs. What we need to recognise is that we are in the early stage of demographic transition. World Bank’s Bhutan NCD policy brief estimates that by 2025, the ...

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The myth of decentralisation

Local governments are grassroots democracy.  Being party neither to the executive or the legislature, the local government symbolises self-governance and decentralisation. Despite laws empowering the local government​s​, there have been cases when its powers have been questioned. Zhemgang’s dzongkhag tshogdu recently resolved that all people in villages and towns have ...

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Corruption of any form cannot be tolerated

Financial institutions continue to be under the radar of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Since the establishment of ACC in 2005, many corruption cases were detected. Those found involved in corrupt cases are still serving their term. In the recent memory, ACC’s most notable findings involve illegal transaction of government land in ...

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The vulnerable

While on socioeconomic journey, several sections of the society have been left behind.  Our planners and policy makers call them, the vulnerable. The young and the old, the differently-abled and the unemployed, the orphans and the destitute, the drayang employees and the survivors of domestic violence are among the 14 ...

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Who monitors consultancy firms?

Even as the initiative was well-meant – to address unemployment situation in the country – the government’s overseas employment programme has created more furore than calm. In the last few months, there have been many reports of Bhutanese workers abroad who were ill treated by their employers. Some of them, ...

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