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Empowering the differently-abled

Differently-abled people in the country do not have a lot of choice. Some even do not have space in our education system. What they do get aplenty, though, is social stigma and our pity. It is not pity they deserve, but our compassion and support.

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Electric fencing to the rescue

Agriculture: In the paddy fields of Berti village under Trong gewog, richly ripened paddy awaits to be harvested. The paddy was not touched by wild animals this year unlike in the past.

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Ambassador to Myanmar presents credentials

Diplomacy: Bhutan’s ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Tshewang Chophel Dorji, on November 18 presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, U Htin Kyaw, at a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw, according to a foreign affairs ministry press release.

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World Toilet Day celebrated in Gaselo

Around 75 percent of the rural population has access to improved sanitation

Sanitation: Around 29 health assistants and 21 local leaders from four eastern dzongkhags  received certificates and awards for achieving 100 percent sanitation in their gewogs, during the World Toilet Day celebration held in Gaselo, Wangdue on November 19.

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His Majesty The King apoints Police Chief

His Majesty The King granted Dhar to appoint Colonel Chimi Dorji as the Chief of Police. Colonel Chimi Dorji has been serving as the Deputy Chief of Police of the Royal Bhutan Police. The post of the Chief of Police has been vacant since the superannuation of the former Chief of Police, Brigadier Kipchu Namgyal, recently.

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FabLab comes to Bhutan

Main story: In an era where developed countries are witnessing a leap in technological advancement, Bhutan won’t be left far behind. With state-of-the-art technology to design and create products, the first ‘FabLab’ will be established in Thimphu next summer.

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Losing fat

Health and fitness: Hi Tshering, I am desperate to lose some baby fats around my belly, thigh and arm area. Some people suggest that I eat rice just once a day or eat curry instead. Will that work? I always end up eating noodles or white bread or drink tea when I start skipping rice. I know it is not right. Lately, I have been feeling tired easily.  Karma, 26, Thimphu

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Srungkue: The Blessed Protection Cord

Why we do what we do: Bhutan has an old culture of wearing Srungkue (སྲུང་སྐུད་) or protection cords. They are also known as Srungdue (སྲུང་མདུད་) or protection knots. The blessed protection cords are believed to have been invested with spiritual power and said to help protect the person who wears it from problems and misfortunes.

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