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Making our political conversation meaningful and relevant

If we want to make our democracy meaningful and relevant, our political conversation will have to be meaningful and relevant. Democracy should be about the competition of ideas – ideas to make our country better. But our political conversation is a far cry from that. The pervading tenor of conversation …

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Self-reliance as state of mind

At the very outset, I would like to put forth a disclaimer that the views expressed in this article are my own and do not in any way reflect that of my organisation. Self-reliance is the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the spiritual and temporal including the economic necessities …

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When education and entertainment blends

This week I had the pleasure of attending the premieres of two Bhutanese films: The Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi and The Next Guardian. They gave me some respite from the political frenzy which has gripped the nation. The Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi, a project of the Loden entrepreneur …

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Building climate resilience crucial to halt rise in hunger

For the third year in a row, there has been a rise in world hunger. The absolute number of undernourished people has increasedto nearly 821 million in 2017from around 804 million in 2016. These are the same levels as almost a decade ago.  We are therefore witnessinga worrisome erosion and …

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Development for development sake? 

The word ‘development’ has become a household terminology and everyone associates with it one way or the other. On the other hand, ‘development processes’ have confused us. ‘Development results’ are often articulated in numbers, indices and abstract terminologies, and presented in glossy pile of documents, which are almost always distant …

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Physiotherapy and Mental Health

Physiotherapy in Bhutan  After recognising physiotherapy as an integral part of multi-disciplinary team in patient management, it was introduced in Bhutan in 1984 with the help of an expatriate physiotherapist. Bhutan got its first physiotherapist, Dr Sanga Dorji, in 1994. Today, there are 19 physiotherapists and 59 physiotherapy technicians in …

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Balancing the right to vote and being apolitical 

With the institution of democracy in Bhutan, the right to vote has become a cornerstone of democracy. Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) is mandated by Constitution to facilitate the growth of democracy by conducting free and fair elections. One of the tenets of free and fair elections is maintaining an …

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Part 2: The epic Laya Run

The Pioneering First Laya Run Two years ago, without hesitation and any prior training for high altitude racing, I signed up for the first Laya Run. This would be my second memorable trip to the majestic hidden land of Laya after four years, and just as awe-inspiring as the first, …

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