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International Women’s Day – picture an equal world!

On every 8th of March since 1975, thousands of events have been organised on International Women’s Day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women all over the world. But this is not merely an observance; it is also an opportunity to call for greater equality. International Women’s ...

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A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration: Part IX

Turnip

If we are serious about reversing rural-urban migration, the priority should be working towards creating a conducive atmosphere for income generation. We take pride in declaring ourselves as an agrarian society yet, we have allowed our farmers to be totally disenchanted with farming turning them into consumers, from their traditional ...

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A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration: Part VIII

Solar-Fencing

The series of articles on the subject of rural-urban migration – numbering seven so far – have mainly focused on the principal causes that contributed to this malady. While a number of other causes have aggravated the problem to a lesser degree, clearly the principal causes, in order of severity, ...

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A malady called rural-urban migration Part VIII

Macaque

I have been often cautioned to refrain from being “emotional” when writing about important issues. People say that one fails to be “objective” when one is emotional. But the case of Goongtongs is a very, very emotional issue. I cannot believe that unless one is extremely callous, one cannot help ...

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A malady called rural-urban migration Part IV

Stuffed-Tiger-3

Undoubtedly, the proliferation of the malaise called “Goongtong” in the Eastern dzongkhags has been mainly caused by: Wildlife predation and, Youth abandoning village homes in search of better livelihood. However, there appears to be a number of other players that aggravate the problem further. They can be identified as:   ...

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A malady called rural-urban migration Part III

Fallow-Land

While the Forest and Nature Conservation Rules and Acts may be the cause célèbre that encourage rampant predation by animals on human crops and livestock, the principal cause for Goontongs, there appears to be other causes that contribute to declining rural population and disenchantment with life in the villages. The ...

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A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration Part II

A-Village-Home-2

In recent times, the media – particularly Kuensel, has been reporting on a brand new social malady called Goongtong – the apathetic case of abandoned households in the rural areas of Eastern dzongkhags. Other than arousing a mild sense of curiosity generated by the term itself, the tragedy that is ...

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The Edenlab has landed (or soon will, in Bhutan)

The world-renowned environmental education UK project is about to take a bow at BhIF After an impressive run for 14 years in the United Kingdom (UK), Eden Project, the famous environmental education attraction from the UK, is making a foray into Bhutan, landing as Edenlab. Edenlab, the international creative partner ...

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A malady called rural-urban migration

Old-Couple-Grinding-Flour

“If something is not done in the next 5-10 years, I can foretell that the dzongdas of the eastern dzongkhags will have to be referred to as dzongda of Mongar wildlife, or dzongda of Trashigang wildlife etc., because there will be no humans left in the villages – except wild ...

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The case of leaked English paper II and the price for justice

BCSEA’s Decision is Unfair and Unscientific   The Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment, BCSEA board in its wisdom decided to award English I marks for English II, as the two papers are related. I believe that this decision is unfair and unscientific for reasons I shall present here. ...

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