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The Kopchey artifice

There is something fishy brewing in the hills of Chengmari, Samtse.  Villagers of Kopchey have refused to sign a clearance for a mining company to operate, fearing environmental damage and to their land and property. The mine is not new.  It started in 1997 and the license to mine was …

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Bowing out gracefully

It was a simple occasion, when former judge Ugyen Tenzin surrendered his kabney and patang to the Royal Privy Council yesterday.  But there is more than just handing over a kabney and a patang. The judge is the second senior official to do so, bringing alive the tradition of Zhidu, …

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Odious comparisons

The ranking of the country’s “best performing schools” is out.  Ten schools have held on to the top positions for the last three years. School management will be proud, parents who have students studying in these schools will be happy, and students themselves will be elated.  But wait!  Do we …

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The e-governance gambit

The government invested a lot of money on Google Apps and with very good intentions. Google Apps was going to make the way our government worked more efficient, by cutting down needless and wasteful bureaucratic procedures, and reducing our use of paper. Nearly a year later, it has done so …

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In the interest of conservation

If the judiciary is known for going by the book of law, the first case to reach the “green bench” could concern the Shingkhar-Gorgan highway. This is because conservationists, who protested against road passing through a protected area, and the habitat of the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, lost to the …

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Reining in the national game

Official archery tournaments using traditional equipment will be different now on.  Archers are not allowed to use the coveted arrows that use Monal pheasant feathers as fletches. To save the endangered birds from being killed for their feathers, the association of indigenous games and sports had banned its use and …

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A boost for the Bhutan for Life initiative

Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay has returned from his 10-day trip to the United States a happy man.  There is every reason to be so. He visited the US to promote the Bhutan for Life initiative and solicit funds to make that happen.  At the end of the visit, Bhutan’s partners in …

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Air safety, first and last

Travel by air is considered to be the safest and the fastest.  That is why it is expensive and beyond the reach of many.  It may still be the fastest but, with increasing number of disasters in the sky, there is a growing concern. Every time news of an air …

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Costly prank calls

Making anonymous prank calls is not a crime.  Most people do it once in a while.  The problem is when the wrong place is called for the wrong reasons. Going by the record of prank or hoax calls the Health Help Centre received in a year, 200,000 calls, the centre …

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Goaded into yielding ground?

The National Environment Commission has taken a bold decision.  It has delegated the authority of issuing environment clearance of at least 50 activities to relevant agencies and ministries. This will come as good news for those, who feel that getting an environment clearance is cumbersome and mired in layers of …

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