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Community forest mangt, the best defence against environmental degradation

Symposium: Involvement of local communities is important in the management of mountain forests and preventing environmental degradation, it was pointed out by representatives of countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayas at the ongoing Transforming Mountain Forestry symposium in Dehradhun, India. It was also pointed out that the bottom-up approach of …

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Study to tackle traffic problems

Traffic lights at certain junctions may be considered Management: In an effort to address Thimphu city’s growing traffic problems and improve the quality of transport services, a feasibility study for an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) will begin next month. An ITS is a traffic management system that uses technology to …

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Court allows re-test of accused cop’s mental state

RAPE: A second test to re-examine the mental state of the police constable, who is accused of attempted rape, was conducted yesterday at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital.  The results are expected soon. The defense’s lawyer at the first hearing requested for another test, as his client, the …

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Entry level for dzongda raised …

… from the earlier division head at P1 level to a director at EX3 level RCSC: The Royal Civil Service Commission will, henceforth, nominate candidates for the dzongda position from director level (EX3) and not from division heads at P1 level. To ensure that only “proven people” are appointed to …

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Picture story

More than a thousand devotees gathered to receive blessings from the Bardo cham during the Khandro Kongzha tshechu, which is performed in Tsakaling gewog in Mongar every three years. The tsechu ended on January 19.       

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Pilgrim’s progress

COVER STORY: Here, at Druk Amitabha Mountain in Nepal, there are thousands of Bhutanese; the place looks like a little Bhutan abroad.  Many are farmers from Trashiyangtse.  They have come here to attend the 6th annual Drukpa council (ADC), and to receive blessings from rinpoches and khenpos of the 800-year-old …

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Ways beyond mountains

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I am a college student and have been really fortunate to have read Buddhist books by great beings like Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, among others. I realise that I can’t tame my mind and practice living in this world of distractions. I must do …

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Kago or Giving Order

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Buddhism holds that sentient beings are diverse in their aspirations, interests, calibres and temperament. Thus, it proposes a wide range of methods and techniques to tame and enlighten them. There are sentient beings who can be liberated through peaceful methods such as teachings on non-violence …

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Pilgrims receive blessings from rare relics

Tsangpa Gyare, the founder of Drukpa Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, was born to Gya Zurpo Tsabpey and Marza Darkyi in 1161 near Kule in the Tsang province of southern Tibet. He was considered the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara (a bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas) in human form. Guru Rinpoche foretold his …

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PM orders immediate solution to B.Ed issue

This comes in the wake of RCSC announcing 182 vacancies for 417 B.Ed. graduates  Employment: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay called for an emergency meeting yesterday for the Royal Civil Service Commission, education ministry and labour ministry to review the B.Ed. graduates issue and come up with immediate solutions, while also …

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Govt. must take in all teacher graduates: DPT

Employment: There is surplus of teachers today because of change in the government’s policy, said the opposition party (OP) yesterday and urged the government to take in all the 417 teacher graduates into civil service. “This is a case of shortage to surplus of teachers because of change in government …

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Opp. slams govt. for secretaries’ suspension

In its opinion, the CoS had not exceeded its mandate in the action taken Governance: The opposition has called the government to explain how a letter written to the Indian ambassador had merited its action of penalising three secretaries by surrendering them to RCSC in a senseless and humiliating manner. …

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