DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

NC Legislative committee members to discuss the RTI Bill

The legislative committee of the National Council (NC) was scheduled to hold discussions on the Draft Right to Information (RTI) Bill at the 63rd plenary session of the National Council yesterday but it has been postponed owing to the absence of the proponent, Sangay Khandu who is currently on a constituency visit to Laya, Gasa. NC member, Jagar …

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To part or partner with party workers?

The need for party workers is being debated by political parties in the fray although the majority of them are of the opinion that there are two sides to the coin. According to co-authors Gyembo Sithey and Dr. Tandin Dorji of Drukyul Decides, party workers played a complicated role in …

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When the bite is worse than the bark

A study conducted on dog bite cases in three hospitals in Bhutan highlights the gender, age and body areas that dogs target Human males, especially children are most susceptible to dog bites and dogs target specific areas like the thighs and legs (73%), and hands (18%), followed by the neck. …

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First Zhabdrung Dagnangma Thongdrel unveiled

Hundreds of people gathered when a Zhabdrung Dagnangma Thongdrel (giant appliqué scroll) was unfurled in Semthokha Dzong in Thimphu coinciding with the death anniversary of Zhabdrung yesterday. The Thongdrel is believed to be the first one in the country out of many manifestations of the Zhabdrung. It was created with …

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Reality TV shows: boon or bane?

Reality TV shows are showing no signs of slowing down with six already aired on the national TV (Bhutan Broadcasting Services). But the concerns that if such shows are healthy for the participants, especially children, in the absence of clear-cut guidelines to monitor the proceedings are rising. A media practitioner …

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Community forest manual to be revised

A stakeholder workshop which was attended by forestry officials from territorial divisions, dzongkhags, parks, and College of Natural Resources among others concluded yesterday with  a resolution to revise the four-part Community Forestry (CF) manual of Bhutan first published in 2004 by Social Forestry and Extension Division (SFED), Department of Forest …

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Two killed in car accident

A 35-year old teacher and 32-year old warden of Sengdhyen Lower Secondary School in Dorokha under Samtse dzongkhag were killed in a car accident which occurred around 9pm on 26th March. There were five passengers in the car, all of them school staff. They were travelling to a place called …

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Wrong diagnoses ails!

A 35-year old woman had pain in her leg and was operated on in the Thimphu Hospital. A few days later, her back swelled up so she had to undergo a second surgery. Her body started to dysfunction after that and she had a problem going to the bathroom. This …

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Miracle grain husk pillows to ward off ailments

Imagine a magical pillow that ails in hyper-tension and diabetes among other lifestyle diseases. It is not a joke. The humble buckwheat pillow is already popular in Bumthang, Japan and other countries for medicinal purposes and the demand for it has slowly and steadily been increasing in Thimphu, too. Apart from ensuring sound sleep, …

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