Saving Paro from another planning disaster

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Local leaders of Paro have changed their minds. They are now…

Sharing cost

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Bhutanese quarantined and tested for Covid-19 have the option to pay the quarantine charges and bear the cost of the RT-PCR test starting next month. The decision follows what the task force calls "overwhelming offers from the general public" to bear the cost.

The tobacco dilemma

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The government, despite severe criticisms from several groups and political parties, went ahead with the decision to allow the sale of tobacco in the country. It made the Bhutan Duty Free Limited the main vendor of tobacco products.

Rethinking education

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Last week, thousands of students returned to school after a long…

After the holidays

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The festive season is here. We start with the sacred Thimphu Dromchoe today. Then comes the Blessed Rainy Day, celebrated across the country. Looking around in the capital, there is excitement as people rush for last minute shopping. Meat has become dear, but it is a must as we prepare for picnics, even if indoors, this year.

Going abroad to work

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Sometime in December 2019, Choden heard stories of Bhutanese leaving for the Middle East and earning good income. She has also seen her neighbours receive money from their children living and working abroad.

Preparing for another lockdown

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Life is returning to normal. At least this is what we feel when we look around. Businesses are opening, so are the markets. Offices have resumed, schools are reopening and streets are getting crowded. The high-risk areas in the south are also seeing the restrictions eased.

Food independence is national independence

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As a member of the shrinking world, Bhutan has not been spared…

There may not be another lockdown but we should be worried

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The rumours doing the round is that there could be another lockdown soon. Scuttlebutt can’t be helped such as we live in these testing times but what ought we to make of it? Should we be rattled again and run helter-skelter to stock up on supplies and essentials?

Another good decision

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The Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM) in the capital city will be closed in two months. In other words, the thromde has managed to decongest a busy part of the capital city. It is a good decision.

Thinking local

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The air is not clear of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel…

Looking beyond the pandemic

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For Bhutan, there is no looking back. We may have torn down the many bridges behind us, but we did it with full knowledge of what lies ahead of us. It is going to be a testing journey, yes, but the nation and the people together will face the adversity with determination and valour unprecedented.

All's well that ends well

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Commuters along the Indian Embassy road at Hejo were yesterday…