We cannot take Covid-19 lightly

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Our greatest worry was that there would be fatigue and complacency. We cannot be complacent or be overtaken by weariness. These are extraordinary times we are living in.

How are we preparing?

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Summer's come. It is at our door. We have begun feeling the heat already. Then will come the monsoon. Awaiting us ahead are challenges galore. How we prepare from now on while we still have some time in our hands will, in the end, prove how forward-looking or unmindful we had been.

To what end? 

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If there is one obvious adverse impact from Covid-19, what tobacco…

A real WOW factor

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Hidden among lush green forest and far away from the madding crowd, there is a lot of activity happening at Wobthang, Bumthang.  It is an agricultural programme on a scale that many had been talking about. The Wobthang Organic Wonders, WOW in short, is venturing out in organic farming, a potential we had recognised for a long time ago.

Kidu raises food for thought

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It was expected that the Relief Kidu initiative would be a source…

A cruel irony

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The proposal to dissolve the Department of Agriculture Marketing and Cooperatives is a big blow to the hundreds of people who are looking at farming or agriculture as future prospects.

Are we doing enough?

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We now have five Covid-19 positive cases in the country. JDWNRH…

A good time to reflect on our tourism policy

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By this time, thousands of tourists have visited Bhutan last year while several more were on their way to make the most of the fine spring weather.

People in the centre

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Not long ago, our policy makers had a grand plan, putting the community at the heart of it. To provide our rural and remote communities with access to fast, affordable and reliable public services using information technology, several community centres were established.

Fatigue is a sign of defeatism

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Fatigue of a sort is now showing in the society. This is not an encouraging sign by any standard.

A listening crisis

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The Covid-19 crisis has unveiled many issues, among them the fact that Bhutanese people are not good listeners. We are not only talking about people not listening to instructions and advice from the authorities or paying heed to the laws of the land.

Thinking beyond subsistence agriculture

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One of the significant lessons that we learnt after the Covid-19 pandemic is that we have not given the focus the sector truly deserves. 

Food for thought

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Tourist guides taking up farming, those in the entertainment business cleaning manholes and youth working at construction sites to make a living. These are implausible images until recently. It is, however, the reality today.