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Visiting Bhutan

The festival season in Bhutan is incomplete without curious tourists, some in ghos and kiras, becoming very much a part of the crowd. They time their visit to the country with the tshechus, as the rich culture and colourful crowd provides them a different experience.

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Working together

Thimphu motorists were taken by surprise yesterday morning when uniformed men stopped their cars, peeped inside and waved them through their check points. They knew the cops were looking for something but didn’t know what.

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A festive week

With the festive mood already on beginning with the lhamoi drubchoe on Saturday the capital city will be full of colours this week. Young and old dressed in their best will parade the Thimphu tshechu at the Tendrel thang (ground) to witness the mask dances and get blessed.

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The Chamkharchu debate

Since the impact of development on the natural environment was recognised decades ago, mankind has been debating the impact of dams. It is always conflicting as we talk about reducing human misery and destroying rivers and its ecosystem. This is quite apparent in developing countries.

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A good dilemma?

Reflective of the priorities of a developing country, engineers - electric, mechanical or civil is of great demand. The many roads and bridges, the towns and the mega projects we build every year demand a huge pool of engineers.

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For food self sufficiency

The agriculture department has an ambitious, but important target of bringing about 79,040 acres, roughly about 32 international football-ground sized paddy fields under improved irrigation systems. That would be an achievement towards ensuring food security.

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Protecting the national workforce

Much to the relief of thousands of people who work as daily wage earners, the labour ministry has revised the daily wage by about 30 to 35 percent. The percentage when translated to actual cash will not be much given their already low wage, but they will still welcome the raise.

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