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Plagiarism of epic proportions


A recent study examines the prevalence and roots of the practice and suggests remedial measures Lifestyle: Tasked with preparing parts of a speech for his minister, a civil servant was found to have “copy and pasted” material from Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, last month. It had to be pointed out to the civil servant by a senior official that plagiarism, especially for a minister’s speech, was not only unethical but embarrassing. Plagiarism in Bhutan is a widespread problem.  There have been incidents, where even media [... Read More]

JDWNRH cashier makes off with over Nu 5M

Crime: A cashier with Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital (JDWNRH), who allegedly embezzled over Nu 5M, has gone missing since September 3. The 34-year-old cashier has been working with the hospital for the past four to five years. Medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Dhrupthob Sonam, said the cashier had misused the money over a period of six to seven months. He said the cashier was responsible for collecting the money from hospital services, such as cabin charges, parking fees and other facilities, and [... Read More]

Driver and vehicle missing after accident

A 35-year-old man from Trashigang is missing, after the Mahindra Bolero he was driving fell 75 feet off the Thimphu-Paro highway into the Pachu. The incident occurred  two km away from Chunzom towards Paro, yesterday morning. The driver, working for Punatsangchu Hydropower Project I, was returning from Paro airport after dropping off a project official. Police officials said they could not search because of the bad weather and a swollen Pachu. They said that they would be able to start searching only once the weather [... Read More]

No citrus blight but no farm road either

unnamed-7The road less travelled: Yangmalashing is a two-day walk from the gewog centre

The good fortune of the former is unfortunately matched by the ill luck of the latter Yangmalashing:  Yangmalashing is the only chiwog in Decheling gewog, Nganglam, to have had a good mandarin harvest every year, despite citrus blight affecting orchards in the other four chiwogs. But residents of the 28 households in Yangmalashing do not generate good income from the sale of mandarin. That is because, unlike the other four chiwogs, Yangmalashing is not connected with a farm road. “We’re in dire need of a [... Read More]

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Simulation exercise: Participants of a six-day training program on how to fight bird flu learnt how to use personal protective equipment in Phuentsholing yesterday. Participants also learnt how to depopulate, decontaminate and dispose infected birds. About 250 people have been trained so far.     

Downpour disrupts normal life in Tsirang

DSC_1699-1Timber: A tree blocks the road to Kilkhorthang gewog centre

Rain: The continuous two-day downpour has blocked three farm roads in Tsirang. The roads connect Kilkhorthang, Barshong and Tsholingkhar gewogs.  The gewog gups and the road department’s engineer could not be contacted.  But residents of these gewogs who were in Damphu said there were roadblocks caused by landslides and fallen trees. The road block in Kilkhorthang and Barshong happened  in the morning yesterday.  Villagers, who came to Damphu town for weekend shopping, could not return since taxi drivers refused to provide service. Salami primary school [... Read More]

DoR takes over work from tardy contractor

Copy-of-DSC00685The construction of the highway is expected to be completed by mid 2015

The Gongrizomsa stretch is considered a tough job because of its rocky terrain Road: A stretch of road on the Nganglam-Gyalpoizhing highway will be taken over by the department of roads (DoR), after the contractor failed to complete the work on time. The contractor, Rinsons Constructions, failed to complete the road stretch within the contract period of six months. DoR engineer Ugyen Norbu said the contractor’s deadline was even extended by a hundred days, considering challenges and obstacles, but it had still failed to complete [... Read More]

From ‘Motey’ to role model

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Diagnosed with obesity and high bp, Jagat B Gurung, 39, took up a  strict regimen and turned things around Lifestyle: After overcoming obesity and high blood pressure, 39-year-old Jagat B Gurung has been chosen as a role model patient by the Punakha regional hospital. In April 2012, Jagat visited the hospital after suffering from a headache.  It was found that he weighed 100kg, with a body mass index of 36.2, which is categorised as obese.  He was also found to be suffering from high blood [... Read More]

Woolen caps for premature babies

DSC00506Mission accomplished: Volunteers celebrating the completion of project

Volunteers: Volunteers in Thimphu have woven 1,000 woolen caps in the last seven months to be distributed to babies born prematurely. Hundred and sixteen volunteers, students of Changangkha MSS and Motithang HSS, and wives of senior Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officials, wove the small colourful caps to keep the heads of premature babies warm. A midwife at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Emi Tsukamoto, who initiated the project called Tshegho (Garment of Life), said premature babies usually suffer from hypothermia, and that the [... Read More]

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Guardian of peace: Chief Justice lyonpo Sonam Tobgay, who graced the Passing Out Parade of the 13th batch of De-Suups as chief guest at the Tencholing military training centre, Wangduephodrang awarded certificates to the 121 executives, comprising of members of parliament, dzongdas, drangpons, dungpas, medical doctors, chief executive officers/managing directors. During the two-week intensive programme, 121 De-Suups including 17 women were imparted basic knowledge and skills in various fields such as disaster rescue and relief operations, survival skills, river rafting and rappelling, leadership and personal [... Read More]

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