Goodbye 2017, welcome new year

The year 2017 was another eventful journey for Bhutan and its people From the Doklam issue to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation by the Government of India, Bhutan felt the repercussions of a political crisis and that of a major economic reform by its closest neighbor and ally, India. Bhutan was unprepared for […]

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Democracy and democratic ideals!

The ultimate aim of any democracy is to create an informed citizenry or an informed public. This is based on the rationale that people in a democracy have the right to determine their own future. They have the right to choose which party or government should govern them. However, in order to make an informed […]

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Secure our youth

Three teams from the Royal Thimphu College (RTC) are gearing up for the famous Mekong Business Challenge 2017-18, which is scheduled on March 17 next year in Thimphu. The challenge will involve teams from the Mekong region and others like Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province, China. The Bhutanese teams have come […]

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The jobless issue

The government is making good strides on the unemployment front. At least that is what we can say so going by the recent Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) Report 2017 that was launched last week. The national unemployment rate in 2017 is estimated at 2% compared to 2.7% in 2012, according to the report. The […]

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HIV: Act responsible

In the last six months, 22 new HIV cases were detected in the country. While authorities try to advocate on the importance of having safe sex, the fact that the highest percentage of these cases (36% each) comprised housewives and farmers reveal that the illiterate are most vulnerable and much remains to done. All the […]

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Fight alcoholism with discipline

The government had to pay Nu 27mn in healthcare expenses for alcohol-related diseases last year, up by Nu 1mn in 2015. And records reveal that alcohol is the leading cause of killers among the top ten. We see an anomaly between policies and implementation: while we have an alcohol reduction policy, the poison is produced […]

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Elderly care must be priority

  According to a National Statistics Bureau projection, ageing population in Bhutan comprising people 60 years and above tend to increase every year. In 2016, ageing population was 56,827 out of a total population of 768,577 and this increased to 58,804 in 2017 out of a total population of 779,666. With the current growth rate, […]

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Quality matters!

There was this popular aphorism a few years ago that if you spit out of the window of your building along the capital’s main street, it might certainly land on top of a graduate’s head. It was basically used over casual conversation, albeit in a mocking way, to depict how grueling it had become to […]

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SDF: The balancing act

A sustainable development fee (SDF) of Nu 500 is going to be imposed on regional tourists visiting the country from January 1 next year. This was introduced as a measure to mitigate carbon footprints from heavy influx of visitors and consequences such as cultural dilution among others. Hypothetically, an Indian family of four would be […]

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Encourage entrepreneurs

The recent startup weekend at the College of Science and Technology might just be the beginning of a culture that encourages much-needed entrepreneurship while building skills and a conducive environment for youth who are planning to pursue a career charted out for innovation and out-of-the-box ideas. It is a well-known fact that Bhutan has a […]

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