Trongsa town put on flood alert

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A damaged drainage has raised landslide threat levels in parts of the township

Monsoon: Residents of Trongsa town have been put on alert after the areas below Chokhorling and those above Oyster hotel started cracking and sliding as rainwater gushed downstream from a damaged drainage.

Mass tree plantation volunteers awarded certificates

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Records: Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck on June 27 awarded certificates to 100 volunteers who planted an average of eight trees a minute to beat the Guinness world record and officials involved in the mass tree plantation at Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu.

Embassy confirms Bhutanese detained in Delhi jail

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Crime: Officials of the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi confirmed that a Bhutanese man is detained at Delhi’s district jail in Rohini in connection with smuggling of 17 kilogrammes of gold worth Nu 44.2 million.

Not a pretty picture

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Inflow of FDI brings capital and expertise into the country

FDI: One of the latest foreign direct investment (FDI) company in the country, AdrukA Pvt Ltd, provides import quality furniture and has employed 50 Bhutanese.

Flowers on the windowsill - a dangerous passion

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COVER STORY: It’s a bright Sunday of mid-June.  Shoppers and a group of youngsters are strolling along Norzin Lam, Thimphu.  Some hurry down the street, while others leisurely stop and engage in animated talk.  A burst of laughter follows after a few moments.

For the love of flowers

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HORTICULTURE: It is high summer and Gaa-Yuel Gardens in Semtokha, Thimphu, is full of colourful flowers.  It simply is beautiful, almost otherworldly.

Praise to Mañjuśrī: A Translation

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: One of the most popular prayers in Bhutan is the praise to Mañjuśrī called Praise to the Noble Qualities of the Excellent Pristine Wisdom (དཔལ་ཡེ་ཤེས་ཡོན་ཏན་བཟང་པོའི་བསྟོད་པ།). The composition is attributed to one Vajrayudha but also claimed to have been composed by 500 paṇḍitas. According to a popular story, 500 paṇḍitas in India were asked to write a praise to Mañjuśrī on their own but when they submitted their writings, they are said to have uniformly produced this praise through the blessings of Mañjuśrī.

It is better to change your perception than your job

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YOUTH IN FOCUS: I graduated recently and became a high-school teacher.  I thought that I would be good at teaching, but actually the students drive me crazy. They talk in class, joke around and some even seem to be taking drugs. I feel that I want to quit my job, but then all my training is wasted. Please advise.

Going crazy in school

Foreign minister acquitted in Lhakhang Karpo case

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HAA: Following five months of court proceedings, the Haa dzongkhag court yesterday acquitted foreign minister Rinzin Dorje in connection with the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project case.

Cabbies go berserk

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RSTA: About 300 taxi drivers thronged the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office about 8:30am yesterday.  The taxi drivers wanted to make sure they didn’t miss a refresher course on “road safety and traffic discipline” organised by the RSTA.

Bhutanese man arrested for gold smuggling

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Crime: A Bhutanese man, allegedly found with 17 kilogrammes of gold worth Nu 44.2 million, tied around his waist, was arrested by Indian revenue officials in New Delhi, on June 20, according to an Indian media report.

Bhutan's e-Gov ranking improves

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ICT: Bhutan has improved by nine places in the e-government development index (EGDI) and is now ranked 143 out of 193 countries, according to the United Nations e-government survey 2014.

Tsamang can’t wait to be connected

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Ganglapong: With the groundbreaking ceremony of 19km Ganglapong farm road in Tsamang gewog, Mongar held on June 22, the farm road is expected to benefit 75 households.