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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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Our small but significant role

If it was not ominous, it was a bad coincidence.  Visibility in the capital city was reduced to a few hundred metres yesterday morning, as a thick blanket of opaque substance hung in the air for a while. We don’t know if it was smog, haze, fog or smoke.  But …

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Helping consumers protect themselves

If the crowd gathered at the Clock Tower Square in the capital was anything to go by, there is an uphill task for the office of consumer protection to ensure that consumers are fairly treated. The awareness campaign on consumer rights, trading activities and protecting consumers from unfair trade practices …

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Roads blocked!

For long, it was a dream for thousands of Bhutanese for an internal road network, connecting Daifam in the east to Sipsoo in the west. There were all the reasons for such a big dream, an alternate route connecting the length of the country.  Travelling along the Assam-Bengal highway was …

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A need to be worthy of the occasion

Before we know it, we are already in the third month of the year.  November 11 is not very far, and the nation has already gone into a celebratory mood.  There are a lot of events dedicated to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who will be turning 60, by …

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Looking straight into our soul self

Voice. One voice. That’s what we needed. And that’s what we got when Bhutan played Sri Lanka on the home ground Tuesday at Changlingmethang National Stadium in Thimphu. We saw our worth, for the first time, in the mirror of our national soul. We are worth more, much more than …

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A winning streak

The national football team made history again.  And for the right reasons this time. As the lowest ranked team in the FIFA ranking, we are known more for the 20-0 drubbing we suffered at the hands of Kuwait years ago than as a footballing nation.  Yesterday, the national team shocked …

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More than a mere game

The national football team came home on Saturday to a heroic reception.  The big win in our first World Cup qualifying match against Sri Lanka has suddenly turned the attention on the national squad. There is a feel of togetherness at home, at least among those who follow football.  Wishes …

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It takes all sorts

For the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender informal community in the country, it was history in the making when one of them spoke openly about his identity.  It was a huge achievement. Was there a reason for celebration?  The answer is yes and no.  Unlike in many countries, homosexuality is …

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