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Midhey Zhabto- Social Services by Zhung Dratshang

“Even within Buddhism, certain changes have to take place. Monks can no longer, like in the past, live in the four corners of the Dzongs but will have to go out and do social work. We would like them to be doctors, be health workers, help the farmers, and help …

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The Elephant in the Octagon at UFC Gelephu

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Human–Elephant conflict like never before in both the distant and the recent past has permeated human settlements like Gelephu more than the rest.  None appears to know what exactly lies beyond this standpoint of conflict and quandary. Virtually, it is apparent that for every solution that are there for this …

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Of safety and protecting our children

The news of rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Paro shocked the nation. This unthinkable crime pierced through the minds of every Bhutanese. Its good to see that, so many Bhutanese wept with the grieving parents and felt the tremors of such shocking wave of crime in country.  Many …

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Hydropower – Quo Vadis?

Where are we going, Hydropower? About two decades ago, Bhutanese firms constructed the Additional Tail Race Tunnel (ATRT) of Chhukha Hydropower Project (CHP) and the Head Race Tunnel (HRT) of Basochhu Upper Stage Hydropower Project (BHP US). Forget about skills and experiences being carried forward; regrettably, these achievements have even …

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Yoga and meditation, a panacea for health problems

Yoga is a system by which one moves the body into various poses which can ameliorate one’s health.  In yoga, one becomes more aware of one’s breath and the inner working of one’s body and mind. In this hectic world, everyone needs good health, but there is always an undercurrent …

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BCSR vs anti-corruption laws

The Press Release issued by Royal Civil Service Commission and reversal of the decision of the Anti-corruption Commission is a cause of concern. This has also caught the attention of both social media and mainstream media. Numerous presumptions and theories came on this issue and seem to have caused confusion …

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The story of HPV vaccination in Bhutan

Cervical cancer is the leading cancer among women in Bhutan. The human papilloma virus causes the cancer. Accounting for 32.42% of all cancers affecting women aged 15-64 years in the country, Bhutan has a high incidence of cervical cancer. One way to reduce the occurrence of the cancer is by …

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Tapping Ground water, a blessing or a risk?

In recent months, I have heard of several unconfirmed cases of parties interested in and already exploring groundwater extraction in Bhutan. While there is no straight answer if it’s a blessing or a risk, I wanted to highlight some pros and cons of the resource extraction. Water is an indispensable …

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Of cooling period: A flawed policy

The nation felt the tremors of broken hearts and emotions of parents, who lost their first child, when the lifesaving ambulance couldn’t reach them when it was most wanted. Yet, an equally important issue, the cries of those living youth, went almost unnoticed and did not receive much attention. The …

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College of Language and Culture Studies: finding new direction

Last Monday, on September 2, I was among a group of representatives from various stakeholders at the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) to review strategic direction for the College of Language and Culture Studies (CLCS) in Trongsa. The initiative was welcome and timely. Rethinking the future course of the college …

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There is more than what people know in the Taktse case

Most of the readers and followers of Taktse case think that the nine lecturers and one supporting staff was terminated based on the complaint lodge by the 19 girls. This is untrue. Even the media didn’t attempt to cover the actual story behind the case. The media just accepted the …

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