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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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The Statesman on a yak and an enduring friendship

In August this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Thimphu in a trip that significantly strengthened multi-sectoral cooperation between the two nations. He inaugurated the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant and signed MoU in areas as diverse as space research and the energy sector. Modi also launched the RuPay card, …

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AFoCO – A new intergovernmental organisation in the region

Regional Education Training Centre (RETC) in Myanmar

Introducing AFoCO The Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) is a newly established Intergovernmental Organisation with the secretariat based in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, The Republic of Korea.  The primary mandate of this organisation is to strengthen regional forest cooperation that supports restoration of degraded forests and landscapes through proven technologies of best …

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Looking at the new frontiers of Bhutan-India friendship

Phuentsholing and Jaigoan Phuentsholing, the land of prosperity, has always fascinated me. In my childhood days, it was a dream destination during winter vacations with my late grandfather. Like many Bhutanese, I have seen and experienced the city through the eyes and excitement of a child and, now as a …

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How Thimphu was chosen as the new capital of Bhutan

“The favourable aspects of a site in Thimphu valley have made it eminently suitable for the capital.” A recently discovered report titled, “New Capital for Bhutan in the Thimphu Valley,” dated April 1963, reasons why Thimphu was eminently suitable as the new capital of Bhutan. The first reason was that …

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