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From farms to schools

Bhutan saw its first school opened in 1914 in Haa and subsequently, especially from the 1960’s, modern education spread far and wide across Bhutan. Modern education in Bhutan started off with government officials having to convince and even order farmers to take their children off the farm and send them …

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The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

LONDON – Scientists have longed warned that climate change will adversely affect weather patterns and living conditions around the world. These warnings are now turning into a painful reality. Worse, the range of possible outcomes has proven to be increasingly “fat-tailed”: extreme weather events such as heatwaves, severe storms, and floods are …

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The Blunt Truth of the Australian Dream

There is a blunt truth why people leave for Australia, America or Canada, and currently mostly to Australia.  While local research and data, news and noises tend to portray reasons for leaving like, workload, hierarchy, lack of amenities, work atmosphere, lack of incentives and recognition and other reasons -the hidden …

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Three Rude Shocks

For a long time, Bhutan has been content to not be like countries in the neighbourhood, and we have rightly been proud about our clean environment, small population, stability and relatively better social and economic indicators than most of our immediate neighbours. However, a series of rude economic shocks in …

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Dealing with the Australia Rush

The Australia Rush has now developed into a full herd rush as large numbers of the young and even middle-aged professionals head there. However, there are four important things to consider. The first is that this is coming at the loss of very important manpower for Bhutan in the form …

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What Is Web3 Good For?

WASHINGTON, DC – The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control recently sanctioned a technology called Tornado Cash, on the grounds that it “has been used to launder more than $7 billion worth of virtual currency since its creation in 2019.” Such enforcement measures are nothing new. But what …

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Realistic pledges

Finally, it is the turn of politicians to take part in the larger national reforms, and quite a few of them are already complaining loudly. The ECB’s rule mandating that political parties must reveal the source of financing for their promises is a welcome rule. This is especially in the …

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Bhutan going up in smoke

In June 2021 the National Assembly was forced to amend the Tobacco Act to allow the legal import and sale of tobacco to reduce the smuggling that was happening at the time. At the time, the main fear was that this smuggling will bring in COVID-19 since Bhutan’s strategy at …

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The Food Crisis Is Bigger Than Ukraine

CHICAGO – Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian food shipments and the potential loss of Ukrainian harvests due to disruptions from the war have dominated headlines in recent months. Between February and June, global wheat prices surged by more than 60%, fueling humanitarian concerns and warnings from international development agencies about increased food insecurity in poor African and Asian countries. But many of these headlines …

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