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Editorial: From Act to action

12 November, 2009 – The labour ministry launch of 14 regulations is a welcome development in the efforts towards protecting our work force.It was much awaited because there was a dire need to clarify acceptable norms on minimum wage, leave, minimum working hours, child labour, overtime payment, sexual harassment and ...

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Editorial: The proven potential of power

11 November, 2009 – It has already been proven that harnessing the energy of our snow-fed rivers is the way to transform our economy and sustain growth in the long run.Any discussion on hydropower potential is therefore of interest at least to policy makers. Recent media reports reconfirmed Indias commitment ...

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Editorial: Everybody wants a piece of the action

10 November, 2009 – Urban planners were recently taken aback when they saw the list of proposed thromdes or yenlag thromdes from the dzongkhags. Some dzongkhags proposed five thromdes, while places like Gurgon in Lhuentse with just eight shops also want town status.At glance, it appears like all our people ...

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Editorial: Dzongkha needs solutions

9 November, 2009 – Last week Dzongkha language editors of the five newspapers met exclusively with the government for the first time to discuss existing and emerging issues with the Dzongkha edition.One concern was on monitoring quality and content of the Dzongkha edition. Content in English language editions drew immediate ...

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Editorial: Contingent planning

8 November, 2009 – In the recent past, eastern Bhutan has been battered by all four elements and have left behind shattered lives, property and infrastructure. While sympathy is pouring both in cash and kind, the plea from the dzongdas, the chief executive officers in the disaster struck regions, sound ...

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Editorial: Something amiss

6 November, 2009 – Health ministry officials are relieved that preliminary findings by World Health Organisation experts have ruled out any connection, except in one case, between the Pentavalent vaccine and the death of nine infants.But the public, are not. No one is quite convinced particularly parents of infants and ...

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Editorial: Reaching the unreached

5 November, 2009 – Not long ago, farmer Rinchen bought a jersey cow with a Nu 10,000 loan from the Bhutan Development Finance Corporation Limited. It soon became a cash cow. In a few years, she not only repaid the loan but also had enough cattle to start a farm.Rinchen ...

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Editorial: The measure of GDP

4 November, 2009 – That the Bhutanese economy grew by only five percent last year, the lowest growth rate in the past eight years, could cause some unhappiness to the ruling DPT government.It is their first year in power and economic growth is way below the nine percent it promised ...

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Editorial: Making laws relevant

3 November, 2009 – major challenge for the government, even with a small and compact civil service, is cutting red tape to ensure that public service delivery is not entangled in bureaucratic procedures.This got a huge impetus with the establishment of the Improving Service Delivery System (IPSDS) under the cabinets ...

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Editorial: Fighting odds

2 November, 2009 – ust as the eastern region was getting over the devastating September 21 quake, it came back in a flash on the night of October 29 with a 5.2 tremor, its epi centre in Mongar.Thankfully it was not as powerful as the first one. There were no ...

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