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Short-cuts cut off from maintenance

Although the highway has seen some maintenance in recent times, the bypasses under the Changjiji  and Olarongchu bridges stick out like a sore thumb with pot-holes riddling them. These roads have been ignored by town planners while motorists using the bypasses suffer damages to their vehicles, mostly during the monsoon …

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Combating forest fires need new equipment

Fire on slopes travels four times faster than fire on flat ground, according to studies. And battling forest fires in a mountainous country like Bhutan becomes a daunting task especially  at areas where there is no road access. Steep mountainous terrain coupled with lack of effective fire fighting tools make …

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Second science and technology exhibition starts today

The second science and technology exhibition will have all the higher secondary and middle secondary schools from across the nation  participating today. According to the Principal curriculum officer of the science section, Wangpo Tenzin, the exhibition is to be conducted at eight cluster levels, grouped based on their proximity. Punakha, …

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Deeper pipelines for Dakarla

Residents of Dakarla who till now were facing water shortage will have a continuous supply of water after around 20 days when pipes and construction materials reach the village.. Dakarla Gup, Gado stated that the present water source is too small and insufficient for 115 households.On top of that, the …

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Second Mani Droendrup after last year

Gasa dzongkhag conducted Mani Droendrup on 5 April and it will  end tomorrow.Though it was conducted last year for the nation’s welfare and to prevent natural disasters, it was initiated this year, too for the aged people who cannot travel to far-away places to practice dharma.  It was consecrated by …

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Teaching considered “noble” no more

It’s the same old story again. Teaching, the so-called “noble” profession does not have many takers in Bhutan with most university graduates placing the vocation last in their list of preferences. Almost every teacher agrees that there is a huge incentive mismatch with the work load they have. “We don’t get …

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A healthy diet: what tradition prescribes

While fitness experts advise health zealots to have a “balanced diet,” the Bhutanese traditional medicine system (soba rigpa) redefines what a healthy diet and lifestyle entails. In soba rigpa, the fundamental healing philosophy revolves around the concept of three somatic humors (basic types of energy or functional principles): lung ( …

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