Editorial

Bhutan’s tech march

In 2018 Bhutan launched its first satellite into space. The satellite program did not happen overnight but was the culmination of at least two years of preparation in training the four Bhutanese space engineers, building and launching the CubeSat and building a ground station as part of a project envisioned …

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The DG

The Japan LEP case has seen the arrest of the two BEO agents based on a police complaint by the parents after the government washed its hands of the case. Earlier, the government had given a virtual clean chit to the Labour DG who supervised the whole program despite an …

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Neither learning nor earning

A bird’s eye view of the ‘Learn and Earn’ program in Japan now shows that most of the 700 Bhutanese students never had a chance. The program which was first started by Japan in 2008 was meant to get foreign students to learn the Japanese language in two years and …

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Respecting Intellectual Property

Early in school, most people encounter one form of Intellectual Property (IP) as students are not allowed to pass off the work of famous authors as their own. If they do so in their homework or projects, then they are accused of plagiarism and lose marks with the teacher. There …

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Who failed Sonam?

The case of Sonam Tamang, a Learn and Earn Program (LEP) student who fell into coma with massive brain damage after getting TB and Meningitis in Japan, has elicited much sympathy. It is perhaps time to ask why Sonam is in the state she is in today and who failed …

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The Zhemgang mistake

Generally speaking, the DNT government has been given credit for being smart in the way it approached a host of issues -including the recent the pay hike. However, trust a smart person or in this case -the government to make some basic but fundamental errors. The government may not have …

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What a dying media will mean

A major consequence of austerity measures by successive governments is a continuing decimation of the private media as advertisement budgets get cut, and so the crisis is a creation of the government, unintended as it may be. This decimation flies in the face of the responsibility of any government to …

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Quality health care

From the campaign pledges and its recent pay hike, the government has made it clear that its main focus is in the social sectors of education and health. Both, in fact, are correlated -as the first important step to good education is a healthy child with a healthy brain. With …

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Quality Education

Going by reports from across the country, there is increased morale among teachers after the recent pay hike. It is not only about the money, but also the realization of the respect and importance being given to their profession and the education sector. For teachers, the hike also comes with …

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Walking the talk

For a long while, teachers and doctors have been talked up by politicians across political parties, but there was not as much to show when it came time to walk the talk. The DNT government must be commended for coming up with a visionary and long-term pay hike recommendation when …

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