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Be it the attrition rate of teachers or the drug abuse arrests, the government has said that it is either not too concerned or the trend is not alarming. Citing statistics and comparing with the past figures, the government conveniently plays down these social issues.

 

After overseas employment agencies, there are now reports of education consultancy firms exploiting students who wish to pursue higher studies abroad.

 

One of the biggest challenges facing the country today is the rising youth unemployment. We have a population of about 141,000 in the age bracket of 15 to 24.

 

The education minister’s statement on Bhutanese cleaning lavatories in Australia offended many, both at home and abroad.

 

Among the many themes that the Prime Minister touched upon breezily in his state of the nation address in the Parliament yesterday, some development that this country saw in the agriculture sector in the last few years, was encouraging.

 

Two issues were the talk of the town over the weekend. The K-pop concert and the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) threatening to take the government to court for alleged violation of the Constitution.

 

Our students in boarding schools are not eating the right or good food. This is according to the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) latest performance report on the school-feeding programme in 16 schools.

 

An organic farmers’ group of Khatoed gewog in Gasa, Rangshin Sonam Detshen, is distributing its first garlic and carrot produce.

 

A woman in Phanas, Ngatsang, who is mentally sick, is now getting some new help. This is good. Health secretary, Dr Ugen Dophu, has instructed health officials of Mongar Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) to look into the matter.

 

The decision to let the Department of Roads (DoR), instead of Project DANTAK, to construct the controversial 56 kilometres Shingkhar – Gorgan road, is progressive.

 


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