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Digital technologies are changing the way we interact with each other. It creates opportunities to deliver more services online, conveniently and faster.

 

Pilgrimage season is approaching. When exams are over and schools close for winter vacation, Bhutanese families will plan pilgrimage tours to India and other neighbouring countries.

 

Everyday, at least one woman experiences domestic violence in Bhutan.

 

Youth unemployment has been a serious national issue. With the government unclear about the unemployment situation in the country today, it makes the matter worse.

 

One of the biggest scourges of the modern times, drug abuse, is gnawing into the Bhutanese society. Going by the reports of incidents that come out in the media from time to time, the number of people peddling and abusing drugs seems to be increasing by the year.

 

It took a long time for Bhutan to acknowledge the benefits of sanitation and hygiene.

 

Agriculture is finally getting some real place in our development strategy. What the commercial banks ought to have done long ago is now happening.

 

Bhutan has made tremendous socioeconomic progress since the first Plan. The speed with which the country marched on has been the envy of many developing and developed nations. The smallness of our size played a significant role. We have been frugal with our expenses and sensible with our plans too. We continue to look and forge ahead as a confident nation.

 

Although our fortresses and monasteries defy it, Bhutan’s geography has determined its development activities. And for long, we have heard this rhetoric being used to rationalise underdevelopment in areas that are not in western Bhutan.

 

The government announced that with India including petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, the government has decided to not take any fiscal measures to make up for the revenue loss the country would incur through excise duty refund.

 


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