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MHPA readies the tunnel

Some 400 employees and workers at Mangdechhu Hydropower Project have cleaned the 13.5km tunnel for water discharge. The project’s managing director, A.K Mishra, said all the rubbles and iron pieces, basically waste left inside the tunnel, were cleared. He said next cleaning would be done on December 9. “We want …

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Lhuentse town has bad road and drainage

The main road along Lhuentse town is riddled with potholes and the drainage is also blocked, affecting the residents and people who visit the town. A bus driver, Migmer Dorji, 42, claimed that the potholes damaged his bus. He said the dzongkhag officials had been claiming they would widen the …

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Student volunteers in Gelephu conduct an online safety survey

The group also conducted a forum on social media and effect on the family

Forty-three students in Gelephu, who are members of ‘Young Volunteers in Action (YVIA)’, are creating awareness of online safety. The students conducted a survey in the locality to study the nature of how much time youth spend online as part of their project ‘We are cyber smart youths’ and found …

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Sonam Wangchen is Bhutan’s first UNICEF youth goodwill ambassador

UNICEF Bhutan Representative, Sonam Wangchen and UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia

Coinciding with the World Children’s Day, UNICEF announced Sonam Wangchen as Bhutan’s first national youth goodwill ambassador today. The 16-year-old singer and musician will use his popularity and digital presence to engage with young people and empower them to speak about the issues facing them. Press release from UNICEF stated …

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Study finds students carry bags without any safety features

Bags do come with safety features these days, of course. But are they absolutely necessary? According to a study conducted in 2017 by a group doctors in the country, at least 40 percent of the Class VIII students in Thimphu are carrying bags heavier than the recommended weight. But, where …

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Loneliness is happiness

The scream (Courtesy: nasjonalmuseet.no)

Loneliness is happiness. At least that is what artists say they feel and believe in. Amid the many papers presented at the international conference on Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Malaysia, one research – image of loneliness through visual art, touched on the correlation of loneliness to happiness. Lecturer at …

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Preterm birth rate at JDWNRH lower than estimated

Preterm birth rate among live births at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu was 6.4 percent, lower than the estimated rates for Bhutan (around 10-15 percent). This is according to the first-ever study conducted on the prevalence of preterm births and its outcomes in the country. Preterms are those …

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California looking to replicate GNH model of development

Members of the delegation visits WWF country office

A delegation from California State Senate, the USA, led by the Senator Toni G. Atkins, is in the country to learn about Gross National Happiness (GNH), environment, women issues and the judiciary of Bhutan. Tandi Dorji of Tara tours and Trek said the delegation was here to learn about GNH …

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