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Use of drones banned until regulations in place

Aviation: A USD 20,000 unmanned aerial vehicle or drone belonging to the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment is currently grounded until necessary approvals to operate it are acquired. The 0.7kg drone, Bhutan’s first ever, first flew in June last year, impressing an audience of around 600 spectators with ...

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40 years post-road comes blacktop

Drametse: Drametse gewog’s main road will soon be blacktopped 40 years after the gewog was connected with a road. Ugyen Tenzin, the gewog’s mangmi, said that it had been four months since the possibility of blacktopping the road was announced. ‘Why the delay, we don’t understand.’ The 18km road will ...

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How schools fared in 2014

Education: None of the 88 lower secondary schools made it to the list of the country’s top 40 performing schools in the 2014 academic year, according to education ministry’s school performance assessment report. Annual rankings of schools are declared at four levels of schools from PP to III (primary); IV ...

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Self-sustenance a distant dream for thromdes

All dzongkhag municipalities are empowered to levy taxes and fees Township: An increase in urban taxes is on the cards, but will it enable thromdes to be self-sustaining? The thromdes, in principle, should be self-sustaining, but the existing four thromdes have not been able to meet current expenditure from the ...

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As you sow, so shall you reap

As an exercise in self- sufficiency and improved diet, the school agriculture programme is becoming a huge success COVER STROY: The sky is overcast with a mix of clouds and smoke from the forest fire.  The surrounding hills echo with the faint rumbling of thunder.  It is a gloomy day ...

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Domang/Zungdue

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Domang is a collection of many important short sutras. It literally means ‘many sutras’. It is also known as Zungdue or a compendium of zung or dhāraṇī texts. Dhāraṇīs are mantra spells and very cryptic and formulaic texts which are believed to have special powers ...

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“You have all the time in the world for exercise”

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hi Sir, I’m an office goer and like all the office goers I don’t have much time in my hands to hit the gym. Is there any simple exercises that I can do in my cubicle to burn some extra calories without bothering my co-workers? What are ...

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The Wangsisina farm experiment pays off

Civil servants/corporate employees try their green thumbs at agriculture with success IATF: For almost a year now, Sonam Penjor, a civil servant, has not spent much on vegetables. After acquiring two plots of land, which spans about 14 decimal at the Integrated Agriculture Technology Farm (IATF) in Wangsisina, Sonam Penjor today ...

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All central schools to be granted autonomy

MoE clarifies on entitlements due to day-scholars as opposed to boarders Education: Allaying confusion over who are entitled to free amenities in central schools, education ministry officials clarified that day scholar students were not eligible for free uniforms and bedding. Just as for boarding students, the need to also provide ...

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Inflation in February up by 0.23 percent

Prices: If decreasing fuel prices decelerated the inflation rate, the increase in price of vehicles slightly surged it last month. In January this year, the Indian government withdrew the excise duty concession on Indian car manufacturers.  This, coupled by increased production cost, has resulted in increased cost of cars in ...

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Teacher wins gold medal

Award: Phurba Tashi, Zhemgang central school’s vice principal was awarded a gold medal for topping the MA in public administration from SRM University in Tamil Nadu, India. He scored 8.688 CGPA, which is around 87 percent, in the master’s course that he completed in 2014.  There were also education ministry’s ...

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Picture story

A cultural programme was organsied yesterday to celebrate the 35th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King, the 60th Birth Anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Bangladesh’s Independence and National day at the Harmony Centenary Youth Village. The Bangladesh Embassy and the Department of Culture organsied the event.      

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