Making Dzongkha learning effective

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Learning Dzongkha has been challenging for many. That’s perhaps why it couldn’t be a popular medium of instruction in schools. But learning of the language could be made easier and more effective.

Improving travel info and road quality

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The Department of Roads has launched an information system to provide travellers with realtime information on road conditions throughout the country.

Civil service reform hiccups

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The recent civil service reform is making headlines after a group of in-service civil servants shared their dissatisfaction and even approached the Prime Minister with their grievances. The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) justified the reform to build a professional, apolitical and meritocratic civil service.

Changing Bhutan

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There weren’t so many buildings and roads. We had more land under cultivation that would turn lush green in summer and vastly aureate in winter. And our streets were safe and by much quieter. That was a long time ago.

Encouraging a research culture

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In another welcome move, the education ministry has introduced the Sherig Endowment Fund with the objective of providing equitable access to quality education to children across the country.

Celebrating literature

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Mountain Echoes is home again. It is the 7th edition of the festival that celebrates the rich cultures and traditions of the region. Great minds and brilliant heads have come to share their experiences. What is so beautiful about this festival is that we can tell and listen to stories myriad.

Why no funds for LG candidates?

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As we prepare for the local government elections, we are reminded yet again of the unfair treatment in the system that could have a serious impact on the nation in the long term. Perhaps this is the right time, if there are ears ready to listen, to make necessary changes so that the whole of our governance system doesn’t go haywire.

Gyentag is a significant achievement for women

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The conferment of Gyentag by His Majesty The King is a significant achievement for the Bhutanese women. It’s a masterstroke that will go down in the history marking the important roles played by women and recognition of gender equality in our society.

One resignation too many

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An MP has resigned after his application for extended leave to study abroad was not accepted.

Apparently there are no legal provisions upon which an MP can be granted a lengthy study leave.

A most needed review

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In a most commendable move, the education ministry will review the school curriculum at the national level.

Need to know one’s duties well

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The Prime Minister at the 26th Meet the Press programme in Thimphu said that the Constitution gives us the right to freedom of expression but that right does not mean we can undermine others’ rights.

Lugar theatre is a witness to change

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Lugar Theatre has a unique place in the history of our capital city, Thimphu. Many elders and adults may have many fond memories of the cinema hall, which may have been the only place for modern entertainment available in the 1960s. Perhaps, the theatre is a true witness to the change we Bhutanese are experiencing and also a reflection of how far we have come as nation.

Localising regional tourists

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The Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators has recently compiled a report on how to govern regional tourists and made several recommendations.