For a better world

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Leaders from about 150 countries have gathered in Paris with a hope to create a new international climate agreement by the end of the Conference of the Parties (COP21).

Ban not the best solution

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Sreet vendors have appealed to the Prime Minister after authorities banned them from selling food at night on the streets. The police have attributed rising crime with the availability of late night street food. They argue that street food is encouraging people to stay out longer and providing the fuel for people to commit crime.

Time to deal with mounting waste

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Waste is a problem that is growing by the day. Bigger towns are facing this problem more seriously than the little ones.

All is not well

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It was a matter of all is well that ends well at the joint sitting yesterday. The Parliament unanimously endorsed Betekha as Paro’s yenlag thromde, Denchi and Nganglam as the Pemagathsel dzongkhag and yenlag thromde.

Thinking beyond party lines

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What is happening with our parliamentarians? This is a resounding question on the lips of many watching the joint sitting session yesterday as they once again confused themselves over the thromde issue.

A successful programme

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Some 14 years ago, teachers, education officials and students were attending a two-day seminar in Thimphu to discuss a new project. It was targeted at enhancing nutrition in school meals, earn some income for school development fund and encourage the dignity of labour.

Parents need to be more responsible

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This is the time of the year when our streets will become violent by the day. There will be fights and troubles galore. Our young people will not sleep. They will howl around all night, high on things they ought not to indulge in.

The Thrompon elections

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With the year slowly drawing to an end, we have a lot of things to look forward to in the New Year. High on the list is the local government elections, which could begin as early as January.

Lest we make a mistake

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Opening up tourism or freeing the tariff is as complex as the functioning of the lucrative business. Both will have long-term implications and a good debate, the sort happening at the National Council, is what we need before we come to a decision.

Thinking out of the (toilet) bowl

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Whether in the bush, in an alley, on a steep cliff or by a river, Bhutanese can comfortably answer nature’s call. This may be for practical reasons when toilets are rare and not a priority.

Making our roads less hazardous

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Our roads are becoming increasingly unsafe. Navigating the city roads is a challenge that is growing by the day because of numerous ruts and holes on our roads. This poses serious threat to both drivers and pedestrians.

Regulations for drones needed

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A drone was recently seized from a tourist in Paro. The tourist was using it to take photographs of Kichu lhakhang. The activity may seem harmless but there is a need for drone use to be strictly restricted or banned until regulations are in place.

Finding a middle path

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As expected, there is good debate on the six-moth paid maternity leave proposal that is still waiting for the Cabinet’s endorsement. The National Assembly wants it to be implemented at the earliest.