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The pool vehicle pickle

Pool vehicles will not be withdrawn, at least for now.  Rather, the finance ministry will come up with an overall policy on the pool vehicle system. This is a new development in the long drawn out pool vehicle story.  To remind ourselves, withdrawing 932 pool vehicles was recommended as one ...

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We are what we eat

Thimphu city will have six open-air gymnasiums in the near future, with a ‘for those who cannot afford gym membership” tag.  This is a welcome initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle. The facts on non-communicable diseases (NCD) revealed are a worry and an irony.  Not long ago, we were dealing ...

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Great expectations of an august body

We are now into the fourth session of the second Parliament.  Of the many legislations that the two houses will deliberate over the next few weeks, there are a couple of bills that will be tabled for amendment.  Changes and adaptations must be made if laws call for amendment to ...

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Occupational hazard oversight

Villagers in Bidung are mourning the death of the four men, who were electrocuted when trying to erect an electric pole on Wednesday.  It was an unfortunate incident from which the fathers couldn’t return from work.  It was an extreme accident, but not really surprising, given the standard of safety ...

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From houses to homes

As did all the dzongkhags and communities in the country, Changjiji housing complex in Thimphu organised cultural programmes on Tuesday to celebrate the 59th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.  But the higher purpose of the celebration for the people of Changjiji was to bring together the fast disintegrating ...

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The perfect gift

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s address to the nation in Changlimethang ground yesterday, at the launch of the 60th birth anniversary, was packed with messages. The Prime Minister, in paying tribute on behalf of the people of Bhutan, touched every aspect of the enlightened leadership his Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo ...

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A moment to pay tribute

As  the nation comes together to celebrate the 59th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, officially launching the onset of the 60th birth anniversary of the Druk Gyalpo next year, there is a big question ringing in many an ear.  What is the especial significance of 60? ...

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Focus on education

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee identified education as one of the many areas as a vision for future cooperation before he landed in the country on his two-day state visit. On Saturday, the government of India handed over a cheque of Nu 1.3B, of which the highest chunk is for the ...

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Ensuring security

As family members of the truck drivers still held in captive by kidnappers across the border in Gelephu remain in shock, and try to come to terms with what has happened to them, there is an air of optimism on security prospects along the southern border. A 30-kilometre wall is ...

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Visits that bind ties

Iis not often that a country gets to host a President and the Prime Minister of the same country in the same year.  Rare is it to receive them within months of each other.  The two-day state visit by the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, six months after India’s Prime Minister ...

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