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Thangtong Gyalpo- Leonardo da Vinciof the Himalayas

Secret Biography  “It is a small block-print, only four fingers wide and a hand length long, made of apparently blank, light colored fiber paper without writing. Only when the pages are held under water do faint red letters appear.” During one of their visits to Bhutan, three European scientists learn …

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Tourism: Are we ignoring the standards?

Tourism in Bhutan was built on the foundation of high standards. The guiding principle on which the tourism policy started was High Value and Low Volume. This guideline, over time, blended to High Value and Low Impact. The minimum fixed tariff set during the rein of His Majesty the Drukgyal …

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How about introducing Disadvantage Compensation Allowance?

It’s an undeniable fact that civil servants, corporate employees and almost everyone want to crowd into Thimphu. Thimphu is bursting at the seams while other towns wear a dismal look. Living and working in Thimphu means being close to the head office, the best referral hospital in the country, being …

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The hiccups in our education system

For the last seven years of my teaching career, I have seen our education system occupying center stage for betterment. I have also witnessed the society deriving hasty generalizations about teachers, when someone from the education fraternity breaches teacher’s code of conduct and appears in the spotlight. During such a …

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Yonphula, more than an airport

The small two-storied terminal building serves both as the control tower and check-in counter. On the ground floor, a large room has a table where as you get in, the ground staff opens your bag and checks for any restricted items. Then you proceed to a weighing machine (the ones …

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Implementation challenges of urban planning and development – Part II

Buildings Urban planners are responsible to prepare a layout or action plan for development of a town-planning scheme. Engineers construct roads and other infrastructure as per approved plan and architects design the buildings, which gives the ultimate streetscape and aesthetics of the area. In Bhutan, government agencies and individual owners …

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The (de)valuation of TVET

The quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and its impact on the socio-economic development of the country has lately been a subject of discussion in various forums. There has been an increased concern, primarily because the TVET system is believed to be failing. It is felt that …

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Drugs and Alcohol in Bhutan – where we are and what can we do?

It is important to understand the correct situation of drugs and alcohol problem in our country in order to formulate effective control mechanisms and to provide adequate treatment and rehabilitation services to the affected. Bhutan’s drugs abuse problem is less compared with that of other countries. It is estimated that …

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Dzogchen – The Great Perfection

Dzogpa Chenpo (རྫོགས་པ་ཆེན་པོ་), shortened as Dzogchen and rendered in English as Great Perfection, is a tradition of meditation, which is practiced primarily, but not exclusively by the Nyingma tradition in Bhutan. In Tibet, Dzogchen teachings are mainly espoused by the Nyingma and Bon traditions but masters from other Buddhist traditions …

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