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The contentious issue of natural resources

Yearender/Environment: The mining sector was in the news for all the wrong reasons last year. Conflicts between mine operators and communities erupted mostly in Thimphu.  Villagers, becoming aware of the adverse impacts, started complaining about the problems from the mines on their livelihoods.  It resulted in the temporary shutdown of …

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A year in which culture took the limelight

Yearender/Arts: The horse year saw much strides made, when it came to the state of art in the country.  The year saw many avenues being opened for artists through different themed art exhibitions, literary fests, to the Voluntary Artists’ Studio of Thimphu (VAST) attaining civil society organisation (CSO) status. The …

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Football rules … on and off the field

Yearender/Sports: Football was once again the dominant sport, both on the field and on TV  in the Year of the Horse. While 32 nations battled for the World Cup in Brazil, thousands of Bhutanese joined the international fans to support their favourite team.  Rain, light and heavy, didn’t stop the …

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Unease along the southern flank

Yearender/Security: There was generally peace and harmony in the country, as predicted by the astrologers.  However, the prediction didn’t come true for people living along the southern borders. Miscreants from across the border robbed Bhutanese commuters along the Indian highway; they came into homes, took away Bhutanese and held them …

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Drug offenses buck downward trend in crime

Yearender/Law and order:As if the spate of kidnappings and robberies along the border towns were not enough to keep them occupied, the horse year sent the police bolting into action to nab escaped convicts, solve a cold blooded murder at Central Plaza, and call one of their men, accused of …

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Hardly a dull moment

Yearender/Parliament: There was drama, suspense and action at Parliament in June 2014.  In fact, the third session of the second parliament session will be remembered for the heated debate, more than on democracy, on the salary revision. The pay revision was mainly for civil servants, but the actual raise fell …

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When the sherig sector reformed

Yearender/Education: From the closure of the Education city project just as the Horse trotted in to the controversies on the leaked English II paper until the Sheep started bleating, the Sherig sector saw some of its highest highs and lowest lows in the year that passed by. Loaded with the …

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Taking the pulse of the nation

Yearender/Health: Although it got its share of issues to chew on, the horse year treated the health sector fairly well. It kicked off no major controversies that the health sector was earlier known for.  But instances such as the health worker in Bumthang sharing the graphic photograph of the student …

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Punakha Dromchhoe, a moment of pride for the people of Wang-Tshochengay

Local leaders of the eight gewogs are busy preparing for the Dromchhoe that begins next week COVER STORY: Every year at this time, men of Wang-Tshochengay (eight great clans of western Bhutan) transform themselves into pazaps (warriors) and reenact the war scenes from the times of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Monks …

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Building muscles the right way

HEALTH AND FITNESS: I have recently joined a gym. It has just been over a week. What are the biggest mistakes that people make at the gym? What should I eat before going to the gym? And how should I prepare physically before going to the gym?  Tashi, Thimphu Dear …

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Tendrel

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tendrel literally means ‘dependent and connected’. It refers to Buddha’s theory of interdependence or dependent origination or law of causation. The Buddha explained that our life and existence are results of causes and conditions. There are three features to this natural law: 1. Things do …

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Dago, the proud and fearless warrior

It was 1999 when Dago first took part as a pazap or warriors at Punakha Dromchhoe. He was 19, shy and hesitant. But he was determined to wear the red pazap gho, the khamar kabney (scarf) and iron helmet of the traditional warriors. In tshoglham (traditional boots) and with a …

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