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Not in a day!

It must go without saying that women’s representation in politics is important. To have proportional women representation in the parliament is important. This is considering the fact that an increased women’s representation in parliament or local governments for that matter will ensure that women’s voices are heard equally when it

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And so comes another raise!

It’s heartening for civil servants that there will be another salary raise in the 12th Plan, according to the draft plan drafted by GNH Commission. Of the Nu 73bn provision for pay and allowance in the 12th Plan, Nu 20bn would reportedly cover the salary raise. The upcoming salary raise is

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Art of healing

Currently, Bhutan is no doubt seeing an upsurge in the arts. Many alternative filmmakers, animators and contemporary artists are creating critically-acclaimed works. Institutes like VAST have made art and creativity in and happening. They have produced a young crowd with incredible zeal, talent and positive energy. Most recently, theatre has also been making

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Give youth a chance

We often have the habit of talking about the “good, old days.” What exactly does that mean? Generally, it would mean we are experiencing a wistfulness for the past when life was slower, less consumerism and materialism existed, you didn’t have to keep up with the Joneses, ladies were ladies and

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Journalism: A calling

“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon,” said Tom Stoppard, a Czech-born British playwright and screenwriter, knighted in 1997. Journalism, in this sense, is more than a job or an easy route to a paycheck. It is a calling.

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Our passenger transport services

As if after a deep slumber for many years, it was surprising to come across the recent notification issued by the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA)on the rules and rates that were to be followed for the carriage of luggage in passenger transport services. The notification articulates that a passenger

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National Council elections 2018

The third new set of 20 members of the Upper House representing the 20 districts has been formally chosen in the National Council elections held yesterday. We offer our heartiest felicitations to the winning candidates who have been elected and it goes without saying that those who have not been through

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Stop atrocities against women and girls

A 30-year-old anesthesia technician has been detained for raping a patient attendant on the night of April 5 at the national referral hospital in Thimphu. The technician has also confessed to having sexual intercourse with the 28-year-old patient attendant after injecting her anesthetic drug. A 39-year-old vice principal of a private

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Turning ideas into reality

Ideas don’t often turn into reality. It’s undoubtedly difficult, whether as an entrepreneur or corporate executive, to give ideas life. If it were so easy, everyone would do it. It would have been just that simple. But with the inception of the Startup Weekend, the arduous task to turn one’s ideas

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An apolitical civil service

As we gear up for the third parliamentary elections, civil service is increasingly becoming a place where political parties are headhunting for potential and prospective candidates. It is, therefore, nothing wrong when a political party approaches a civil servant, even those holding a high post. However, the problem arises when

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