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Issues that render LGs ineffective

Limited understanding of the roles of local governments (LGs) at the local level and lack of LG administrations’ capacity to implement decisions have affected the effective functioning of Dzongkhag Tshogdus (DTs) and Gewog Tshogdes (GTs), a study has revealed.

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Bhutan is all good to graduate

Notwithstanding the graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category, which is bound to happen in 2023, Bhutan should remain vigilant of various cooperation and support that various agencies have committed.The programme coordinator of Economic Analysis and Policy Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Namsuk Kim (PhD) told Kuensel that as long as Bhutan knows what’s the priority and chanelise the commitment, it should be fine.

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Educating the nation for 50 years without a policy

There are 512 schools in the country today

Modern education in Bhutan began in the mid-1950s just as the country was gearing towards planned development. Until then monastic education was the main form of education but it was not accessible to the general population.The change in the education system was supposed to usher in the giant leap forward for the country. It was seen as the most important aspect of Bhutan’s development aspirations. Therefore, education received the highest priority.

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BICMA calls for PUBG ban

At least an hour is spent on completing a PUBG match

Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has called for the ban on the online multi-player game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in the country citing its negative impact on young people.The game has been banned in other countries due to its addictive and violent nature.

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MoH to reform procurement system

With procurement coming under a lot of questions, the health ministry is exploring to reform the medical procurement system, including buying from manufacturers and doing away with middlemen.Health Minister Dechen Wangmo, at the first high-level committee meeting yesterday, said that quite a significant amount of the health budget is spent on procurement. “About 70 percent of our budget goes into procuring commodities including drugs,” Lyonpo said adding that even health infrastructure is a part of the procurement. “Look at the quality we have. We have some fundamental issues of procurement so we are trying to solve it.”

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Bhutan’s faith in UN remains unwavering: PM

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering addresses the UNGA

The Bhutanese delegation to the United Nations General Assembly returned home satisfied by its contribution to the global community despite its smallness.Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering who spoke about multilateralism in his address to the UN on September 28, said that there is no alternative to multilateralism. “At a time when multilateralism is often questioned, Bhutan’s faith in the United Nations remain unwavering,” he said. “I return with renewed confidence that Bhutan continues to enjoy goodwill and support from the international community.”

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Speed bumps along the boulder business road

A host of problems surrounding the boulder export business dominated news headlines this year.Realising its potential for revenue generation, exporters and transporters from across the country swarmed the riverbeds of the southern dzongkhags to collect the minerals recently. 

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