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    Bhutan home to 103 tigers

    The presence of the big cat was higher outside the protected areas

    Report: Bhutan has 103 tigers roaming in the wild, the National Tiger Survey report that was launched yesterday found.

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Joint sitting endorses bio-safety bill


But the country currently doesn’t have the capacity to identify GMOs Parliament: With the joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council endorsing the Bio-safety Bill 2014 yesterday, import, transit, research and development, and introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country have now become illegal. GMOs ...

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Ambulance driver charged for culpable driving and negligence

Accident: Five months after an ambulance driver hit a five-year-old boy in Dewathang, police  on May 11 charged the 23-year-old driver to court for culpable driving and negligence. The incident occurred on December 5, 2014 when the driver for Dewathang hospital had gone to the army colony, a few kilometres ...

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The death trap that is our roads


COVER STORY: Road safety is a collective responsibility that comes from mutual respect of all road users  More than a million people die every year on the roads.  This is a figure of world roads put together.  And no less than 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries as a result of road ...

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NC committee slams GDG spending patterns

Grant: Over 80 percent of the Nu 410M (million) gewog development grant (GDG) for 2013 was spent on non-economic activities across the country, according to an assessment by the National Council’s good governance committee. Although the GDG implementation guideline clearly states to use the grant for creation of income and ...

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tengyur is the second Himalayan Buddhist canonical corpus, alongside the Kagyur. Literally, the translation of treatises, it is made up of numerous literature composed mostly by Indian masters as exegeses and commentaries on the Buddha’s teachings.

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Supplements or no?

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Dear Tshering, I see many people at the gym consume supplements of various kinds. Is it an absolute necessary? Many of them claim to have built a good physique. However, is it safe? 

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82 immigration cases reach Phuentsholing court

Of the people charged, 30 were immigration officials and four police personnel ACC: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has forwarded 82 cases to the Phuentsholing dungkhag court for their alleged involvement in bribery and illegal entry and exit of foreign workers. This comes nine months after the Anti-corruption ...

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Young traffic controllers


It’s 8am, Tuesday. Dawa Zam, 14, leaves her backpack in the class room, puts on her orange waistcoat and heads out for her regular routine of controlling the traffic near the school gate in Changzamtog. Along with her are some 10 other scout volunteers of Changzamtog Lower Secondary School. They ...

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Endorsed bill comes down hard on illegal possession of drugs

Parliament: Illegal possession of narcotics and psychotropic substances could result in conviction of a misdemeanor to a first-degree felony depending on the quantity that one is caught with. This is according to the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse bill (NDPSSA) 2014 that the joint sitting of the Parliament ...

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Dratshang petitions against meat processing project

Religion: The Pung-Thim dratshang (central monastic body) yesterday submitted a petition to the prime minister through the cabinet secretary, requesting the government to consider stopping the ongoing mega-meat processing project. Signed by four lopons of the zhung-dratshang, and stamped with an official seal of the central monastic body, the petition ...

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Construction of bridge into its ninth year

A required inspection, yet to be carried out, has been delaying progress for the past two years DANTAK: Nine years after its construction started, the bridge over the river Singye is still not complete. Started in 2007, construction of the bridge in Pasakha, Sampheling gewog, has halted for almost two ...

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Google Apps subscription extended

… to allow for a third re-tender for an online office suite to be completed E-governance: The government has extended its one-year subscription of the online office suite, that ended last week, for another three months. Following discussions with Google, the government was also able to extend the discounted pricing ...

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My Country, My Town

  • Shooting the messenger: An electric fence and a signboard mutilated by those shocked by the former Photo by Janga Bdr MoAF, Yusipang, Thimphu
  • The old and the mule: Both the taxi and the ass do not belong any longer on the road Photo by Arjun Subba, Kheyrig Institute
  • Street art: A stone sculpture of sorts in still water presents a Zen-like creative expression Photo by Phuntsho Wangdi, BoB, Thimphu
  • Nipped in the bud: Whatever plant there once was in that pot has long ceased to exist and there’s the reason why Photo by Kinley Tshering, Gedu College, Gedu