On disaster preparedness again

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An earthquake and a lake outburst flood on the same day could be a rare coincidence. But it did happen on Sunday, June 28. And Bhutanese are worried.

Showing the best of singing mothers

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Tradition: It was a different time altogether. Fifty-five-year-old Aum Tshewang Lham, Bhutan’s veteran singer, reflects with deep sense of loss.

Constructions on wetlands rampant in Shongphu

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A team from the land commission is expected to inspect such activities soon

Land: Shongphu gewog administration’s repeated reminders to stop constructions on the wetlands of Chongthi and Buna in Trashigang have gone unheeded.

Ten more projects to support eco-friendly tourism

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To support eco-friendly tourism through development of infrastructure, Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation (BTFEC) signed 10 grant agreements worth Nu 78.13M (million) on June 29 with the Gross National Happiness Commission, Communities and Civil Societies Organisations.

 

Extension work on Memelakha landfill to complete soon

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Waste: After missing two deadlines, extension work on the 3.41-acre landfill in Memelakha will be completed this week.

The good side of entertainment hubs called Drayangs

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COVER STORY: Streetlights throw soft and flimsy glow of sad yellow in the rain. Cars splash the flooded sewerage running through the thoroughfare’s main arterial route. Kids holler away almost with glee. Bitter curses fly from angry pedestrians. Girls with lavish bare skins and gayish boys with pants halfway down their sincerely ungainly rumps and strange bed heads choke the road. This is a mid-summer night in Thimphu.

Guru Rinpoche and Trelda Tshechu

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WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Like the Preu Chod festival, the Trelda Tshechu (སྤྲེལ་ཟླ་ཚེས་བཅུ་) or 10th day of Monkey month is also celebrated as the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche, the foremost spiritual master and divinity who can be considered the patron saint of Bhutan. Trelda, according to the common Bhutanese and Tibetan calendars, is the fifth Bhutanese month although some calendar systems consider the 3rd, 4th or 6th Bhutanese months as Monkey month.

Controlling hypertension

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HEALTH AND FITNESS: I have high blood pressure. What type of exercise do you suggest to control it? -Pema Dorji There is no particular type of exercise to tackle high blood pressure, any form of physical movement is beneficial. There can be many factors that may cause or increase chances of hypertension (high blood pressure).