Editorial

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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Age of Consent

The proposal to reduce the age of consent from 18 to 16 has led to a polarized debate. One side argues that this will lead to the sexual exploitation of young girls by much older men and predators, and the other side says the law in its current form has …

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What the boulder issue reveals

This whole issue around boulders best signifies how lack of good regulatory mechanisms and the absence of a long-term policy is bad for both transparency and the private sector. Export of boulders and stones to Bangladesh has become big business in the last few years. The logic being that it …

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Dealing with sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is a serious issue and it must be treated as so. The recent case in CLCS where a large number of students came forward with complaints and the compulsory retirement of nine lecturers and one support staff shows the extent of the problem. The CLCS case may have …

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A relationship with a difference

An observer may wonder about what is common about a people of the great plains of India and and the high valleys and hills of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas. We are different not only in our geography but also our language, history, culture, religion, food, way of life and …

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Corruption in awarding tenders

The Nu 310 bn 12th plan has around Nu 116 bn worth of capital works to construct roads, bridges schools, hospitals etc. and all of them will be given out in the form of tenders. There are procurement rules in place in the form of thick standard bidding documents and …

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Stopping Bhutan from heading the Mass Tourism way

Darjeeling was known as the Queen of the Hills in India and was famous world over, especially in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 70’s and a lot of Bollywood movies were shot there. Bhutan was not as well known and became a late entrant in the world of tourism. With no …

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Are Bhutanese lives cheap?

The BEO or Japan case has mainly been discussed in terms of contractual obligations and their violations, and the financial implications. However, the human toll brought out by students and parents in this paper, last week, gave pause for thought. Two dead, one in coma, 30 plus with Tuberculosis, two …

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Pay hike and public service

Nothing will get a civil servant as worked up as a pay commission report. With their dominance of the social media and their consumption of the media, their voices will be heard, loud and clear. Back this up with the fact that they form a sizeable and influential voting block, …

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