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The Brahmis of Trashigang

A curtain is drawn on a crossbreed of cultures with the dawn of modernisation

Lifestyle: Pushed to the hinterland of one of the remote pockets in Trashigang, the residents of Thongrong village in Phongmey gewog are referred as Brahmis or outsiders.

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Imports impede growth of tshazo

Bamboo craft: One obvious reason the trade  deficit is widening and economy is increasingly becoming rupee driven is because Bhutan imports even goods as basic as a toothpick, which could be produced easily from its rich forest resources through tshazo (bamboo craft) practising communities.

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Tshazo resources decreasing

Craft: Tshazo (bamboo craft), one of the chief sources of income for communities in Bjoka in Zhemgang, Jangbi in Trongsa and Pasaphu of Kangpar in Trashigang, is slowly disappearing because of lack of raw materials. 

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Where people learn to see the world through fingers

Education: Muenselling Institute (MI) for the visually impaired in Khaling, Trashigang, is quiet, very quiet.

Founded in 1973 by a Norwegian couple upon invitation and advice of Prince Namgyel Wangchuck, Muenselling Institute is the only institute for the visually impaired in the country.

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Devil in a van that doesn’t really exist

It is raining. The mud track that winds through the deep thickets below Thimphu Gate a little away south from Babesa is all slushy and slippery. I am not at all in best of dress for the job, but I must grab the devil lording thereabout by the neck this day and show him some terror that I am capable of.

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The depopulation of Dewung

Lifestyle: The rain has stopped.  It is almost noon.  Sixty-year-old Sonam Tobgay quietly sits at the balcony of his old traditional house in Dewung village in Khaling, Trashigang.  His rather peculiarly large head is all grey.  His face is dark and wrinkled.

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Fending against cyber threats and crimes

RTC: Royal Thimphu College (RTC), Ngabiphu, Thimphu. It is 9.40 am; Thursday. The day is grey, and the sky pregnant with rain. But it is warm and pleasant. Thick verdure surrounds the campus filled with myriad flowers. It is almost heaven.

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Babies born on June 4

Birthday: Just after midnight, at 12:53 am, two healthy baby girls were born with a cry at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital. What makes the twins special is that they were born on the same day Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck was born.

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