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Villages sink as hill slides

unnamed100 feet down: Men walk over the sunken road in Taguna

Taguna and Nindukha may not survive this monsoon as places of human settlement

Disaster: Taguna and Nindukha villages in Phuentsholing are literally sinking.  Following heavy rains yesterday, around 3:30pm, parts of the feeder road between the two villages sank by about 100 feet.

Heavy rains on September 20-21 have also developed fresh cracks on the feeder road, and washed away more land from the hill on which Taguna is situated.  The villages are now completely [... Read More]

Bhutan clarifies freedom of religion situation

HRC: Bhutan clarified that freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution, at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC).

“The Bhutanese people have the freedom to embrace and practise any religion of their choice, provided it’s a choice made out of free will,” said foreign secretary Yeshey Dorji.

Bhutan was at the 27th session of the HRC for the adoption of the outcome report of its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), carried [... Read More]

His Majesty in Gelephu

20140920-2C4A9209Their Majesties grace a lucky draw organised for the people of Buli gathered to welcome their Majesties on September 20

Visit: His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, arrived in Gelephu yesterday after visiting Buli in Zhemgang. His Majesty is in Gelephu to review the security situation in the wake of the recent kidnappings.

His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen are on a tour of the central and southern regions of the country. Their Majesties travelled to Buli from Zhemgang on September 18, visiting Tali shedra along the [... Read More]

A Blessed Moment For Buli

20140920-DSCF1279-(1)His Majesty with the girls of Buli School in their dormitory

Visit: Buli Middle Secondary School sits picturesquely on a hill above the village, enjoying a panoramic view of the mountains around. The gardens are impeccably tidy.

The school is covered in mist and the sound of raindrops pattering on the roofs, but the atmosphere is festive. On the school football ground, tents have been pitched where Their Majesties have been sleeping for the past two nights, after arriving from Zhemgang, where His Majesty granted [... Read More]

Plagiarism – not as harmless as it seems

Plagiarism, unlike what many believe, is not a new problem.  The problem is it is not even recognised as one.  Unless someone complains, it is not an issue and many get away even today.

Plagiarism, which the Oxford dictionary defines as the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own, is so rampant that, sometimes, two university graduates applying for the same post will have identical job applications with [... Read More]

Preliminary hearing on high school battery case

Meanwhile, the principal, who was granted bail by the court, has been suspended from his post

Update: Dagana dzongkhag court conducted a preliminary hearing, on September 19, for the alleged child battery case filed against the principal of Drujeygang high school.

Dagana police, while investigating the case, sought a remand order to detain the principal on September 16.  Parents and relatives of the 17-year-old class VII student lodged a complaint against the principal for battery.

The [... Read More]

Taking a (kiwi) leaf out of Nepal’s book

Bhutan to exploit potential for commercial farming of the cash crop as its neighbour to the west has done

ICIMOD: Bhutan and Nepal have the potential to become one of the highest kiwi producing Asian countries, after India and China, experts at the international centre for integrated mountain development (ICIMOD) say.

While Nepal started kiwi fruit farming about a decade back, Bhutan will be taking the initiative in a few months time.  Within a short [... Read More]

The road hogs of the Dewathang-S/J highway

DSC_5741Reckless drivers: The stretch between SJ to Dewathang has become dangerous

Heavy vehicle drivers take advantage of limited checks by authorities to terrorise others on the road

Road: Reckless drivers on the Dewathang-Samdrupjongkhar highway are a major concern, according to residents of the towns.

The 18km stretch is double-lane and heavy vehicles drivers, residents said, drive recklessly, and that officials, from authorities like the Road Transport and Safety Authority (RSTA) and traffic police, are not monitoring these drivers.  Heavy vehicle drivers were also said to be [... Read More]

Sixty-seven people benefited by Smile surgery

Camp: Sixty-seven people have undergone surgery at a camp organised by Smile Asia Singapore, in collaboration with Thimphu referral and Paro hospitals.

The four-day camp which began from September 14, saw 200 registrations, of which 143 turned up for the surgery.  Thirty-tree underwent surgery for cleft lips and 34 were cases of burn and extra growth. “The others didn’t undergo surgery because they were suffering from cough and cold, fever or high blood pressure,” [... Read More]

Plagiarism of epic proportions

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A recent study examines the prevalence and roots of the practice and suggests remedial measures

Lifestyle: Tasked with preparing parts of a speech for his minister, a civil servant was found to have “copy and pasted” material from Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, last month.

It had to be pointed out to the civil servant by a senior official that plagiarism, especially for a minister’s speech, was not only unethical but embarrassing.

Plagiarism in Bhutan is a [... Read More]

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