The reality

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The laying off of loaders at the mini dry port in Phuentsholing has stirred some discussions with many feeling that the decision to shed them enmass was not fair, especially after risking their lives to ensure the flow of essentials for nearly a year.

The never-ending chilli issue

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On Wednesday, frustrated vegetable vendors at the Centenary Farmers’ Market like a pack of vultures circled and pecked on a bolero pickup truck that arrived from Dagana. 

Ministry and school administration must guarantee safety

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No other sector has suffered disruptions as much as education. Schools have remained closed for a long time—since March 2020. Adjustments had to be made for students of Classes X and XII.

There is no need to rush

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The stars are aligned with what many would want in the next few weeks and months concerning protecting all, Bhutanese and foreigners in the country against Covid-19.

Uniform application of laws necessary

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Besides impacting livelihood and battering the economy, the Covid-19 pandemic had sent many Bhutanese behind bars for coming into conflict with the rules and laws put in place to control the spread of the disease. Some unfortunate ones even received 15 years imprisonment term. Many are yet to be sentenced and some will be taken to court soon.  

For the record

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Unlike in and with most Bhutanese newspapers, Kuensel’s editorials are a representation of views of its editorial board, the members of which are all the editors and senior journalists of the newspaper’s English and Dzongkha editorial departments. 

Unlocking the frustrations

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With the nation locked down for nearly a month, albeit some relaxation in 18 dzongkhags, the frustrations are growing and venting out. Everybody is waiting to return to normal.

Keeping celebrations small and low-key

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It is Chunyipai Losar today, a festive occasion celebrated widely across the nation. Normally, such occasions involve visiting friends and families, lavish flow of food and alcohol and merrymaking.

Public opinion more damaging

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The online debate after videos of an elderly man with young women went viral on social media was anything but healthy. With many people easily drawing conclusions of who is right or wrong, the debate lost the main focus on the legality of sharing materials online without consent.

For tranquility

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Some among the legal fraternity are not agreeing with the provisions of the penal code that the Attorney General said his office would strictly adhere to if people breach lockdown protocols.

A problem bigger than pandemic?

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A systemic, even systematic, flaws in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in Bhutan have begun to come unravelling. And coming from an “entry point” such as Paro, now, is unsettling.

Stick after the carrot

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The warning is stern and the punishments spelled out. If Bhutanese are found violating the lockdown protocols and thereby threaten the safety of the community and the country, the law is going to come down hard on them. 

Dealing with the fiery issue

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Residents of Samdrupjongkhar woke up to the news of yet another house lost to a fire incident.  Luckily, there were no casualties this time.