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What will it take to civilise us?

A four-part tongue-in-cheek attempt to ferret out the distinctive features that validate an educated person Part IV A civic being has not an anti social bone in his/her body  PARDON the French but, if you’re at all au fait with my oeuvre, you’ll twig on double quick that what comes …

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Retiring judge ceremoniously surrenders kabney and patang

Zhidu: Ugyen Tenzin, 60, former drangpon (judge), surrendered his kabney (scarf) and patang (sword) to the Royal Privy Council yesterday as he formally retired from service to the nation. Zhidu is a traditional system, whereby individuals, who received positional paraphernalia, should hand over the symbols of power and position to …

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Bringing attention to autism

As part of the event, the memorial chorten and the clock tower square among others were  lit in blue, the colour for autism.  Occasion: The family rejoiced when Ugyen was born.  He was the family’s first grandson, first son and the only brother to his sister. Today, he is 11 …

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Lack of extension officer leaves Wangphu out on a limb

Agriculture: The absence of an agriculture extension officer in Wangphu gewog, Samdrupjongkhar has left villagers with no contact person to deal with regarding agriculture or cultivation issues. Despite several requests made through the gewog tshogdu, no replacement has been sent after the former agriculture extension officer left for studies last …

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Royal Bhutan flower exhibition opens

The display will hence be an annual event to coincide with the Paro tshechu Floriculture: Mixed scents of flowers drift through the air.  Spring has arrived and the Ugyen Pelri Palace in Paro is bursting with colours, drawing visitors in droves. Some pose for a picture, while others inquire about …

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Electric storm short circuits e-learning facility

The Pelkhil School-based project, currently on hold, involves videoconferencing classes to six pilot schools I-school: I-school project at Pelkhil School in Thimphu has stopped due to heavy rain and lightning last week. This has affected the six pilot schools, including Pelkhil, to transfer knowledge and skills through e-learning that was …

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Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition opens

Exhibition: His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and members of the Royal family graced the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, which was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother, the chief guest. The exhibition, initiated upon the command of His Majesty the King, is envisioned to inspire …

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Municipal worker killed in wall collapse

Accident: A 73-year-old man died yesterday after a wall collapsed and buried him near Deki School in Thimphu.  He was cleaning a drain by the roadside around 2.30pm when the incident occurred. Emergency physician at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Dr Sona Pradhan, said he was brought dead …

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Kumchi’s thirst soon to be quenched

Water: The eighteen households of Kumchi village in Phangyul will no longer have to worry about shortage of water.  The drinking water scheme at long last is coming to the village. Water will be brought from Zhochalung, 19km from Kumchi village.  The project began 10 days ago with a low-key …

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Udzorong dairy cooperative riddled in problems too many

Milk: Just like the dairy cooperatives in other parts of Trashigang that are struggling to survive, the Udzorong dairy cooperative has also soured. Management issues and lack of cooperation within the members has forced the cooperative to temporarily suspend collection of milk. The cooperative’s accountant, Yeshey Tenzin, said few members …

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