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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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Digital or cultural challenge?

Google Apps is making the news in Bhutan today. The online office suite was employed to save government resource. Some 4,000 civil servants are taking advantage of it. How much have we saved so far, that is the question. And how? If our ministers and top officials can now keep ...

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The Kopchey artifice

There is something fishy brewing in the hills of Chengmari, Samtse.  Villagers of Kopchey have refused to sign a clearance for a mining company to operate, fearing environmental damage and to their land and property. The mine is not new.  It started in 1997 and the license to mine was ...

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Bowing out gracefully

It was a simple occasion, when former judge Ugyen Tenzin surrendered his kabney and patang to the Royal Privy Council yesterday.  But there is more than just handing over a kabney and a patang. The judge is the second senior official to do so, bringing alive the tradition of Zhidu, ...

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Odious comparisons

The ranking of the country’s “best performing schools” is out.  Ten schools have held on to the top positions for the last three years. School management will be proud, parents who have students studying in these schools will be happy, and students themselves will be elated.  But wait!  Do we ...

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The e-governance gambit

The government invested a lot of money on Google Apps and with very good intentions. Google Apps was going to make the way our government worked more efficient, by cutting down needless and wasteful bureaucratic procedures, and reducing our use of paper. Nearly a year later, it has done so ...

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