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Rehab first, detox later

The fight against substance abuse begins with prioritising between the two facilities Drug: The absence of a national detoxification centre may weaken Bhutan’s fight against the growing issue of substance abuse, but without a rehabilitation centre, the country is unarmed to even begin the fight. To address the increasing cases …

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Haa judge to preside over lhakhang Karpo corruption trial

No conflict of interest says Supreme Court Judiciary: The Haa district court judge will preside over the lhakhang Karpo case after the Supreme Court Chief Justice gave the green signal in an order that will be dispatched today. Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk in his order said that there is no …

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Youth head for bars …. not for a drink but for a cause

Advocacy: At a time when youth are being blamed for alcohol-related problems, seven youth have initiated an awareness programme targeting the source of alcohol. Go Youth Go is on, what they call, a pleading campaign, where they visit bars in the capital city and advocate responsible alcohol business and consumption. …

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Marginal food loss due to storage, say officials

The damage, counter to what agriculture officers claim, is around one percent FCB: Despite storing food in warehouses that were built decades ago, and contrary to what agriculture officials said, food loss due to storage issues is insignificant, according to Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) officials. For instance, FCB officials …

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Babesa road to revert to expressway

The speed bumps/zebra crossings will give way to pedestrian underpasses Thromde: In a move that may surprise many, Thimphu thromde will reconvert the Babesa road into an expressway, by removing the recently constructed speed bumps, which also served as zebra crossings, and replacing them with pedestrian underpasses. The thromde plans …

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From impaired to instructor

An inspiring story of a young boy coming up trumps despite being given a bad deal Profile: Dorji Nedup is an instructor at Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and Youth in Thimphu.  From Goshing in Zhemgang, the thirty-five-year-old is visually impaired. Dorji lost his vision when he was …

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Women, chief beneficiaries of electrification

Sengor’s micro hydel project transforms their lives infinitely for the better Power: When a home gets power supply, it empowers women.  That’s what happened in Sengor chiwog in Saling, Mongar when a micro hydropower plant (MHP) was built eight years ago. It reduced the burden on women of gathering firewood, …

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Picture story

The three-day Sarpang tshechu ended yesterday with the unfurling of the Guru Tshengyed thongdrel (the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche)     

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Winter youth engagement programme inspires students

Youth: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay attended the closing ceremony of the month-long 2nd Winter Youth Engagement Programme, yesterday. The programme held at the Gyalpoizhing higher secondary school began on December 29. It was initiated upon the command of His Majesty the King. The programme, which had 824 female student participants, …

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Drukair proposes dividing domestic market

Both airlines share the view that the local market is too small for competition Aviation: While the government is yet to make a decision on whether Tashi Air should resume domestic air services, national airline Drukair has informed the civil aviation department that it cannot operate to the Yonphula and …

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