First Bhutanese “ambassador” to Switzerland passes away

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Friendship: A strong friendship between  His Majesty the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and a Swiss businessman, Fritz von Schulthess, resulted in an equally strong relationship between the two countries.

Shrinking “oyster lake” worries villagers

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Lake: Six kilometres away from Lhamoizingkha in Dagana, there is a lake at a place called Khurul. It is an oyster lake significant and sacred to the people.

Abandoned family finds hope

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Charity: Namgay Lhamo’s youngest son was only ten months old when her husband abandoned the family in 2012. For a mother of four, life had suddenly turned upside down.

A school for eight students

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The ECR is likely to close down from the next academic session

Education: Despite having to walk for more than an hour to reach his school, nine-year-old Kinley Wangchuk’s parents are not willing to send him to a central school.

Monkey business in Trongsa

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Conflict: Trongsa Dzong, like farmlands in the deep pockets of the country, is enclosed with an electric fence to keep the intruding monkeys at bay.

Made in Bhutan: An innovator’s story

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Innovation: Stylish, bold and unique. That’s how a motorbike in Kanglung, Trashigang is being described. Ugyen Jatsho, 25, has customised and assembled a motorbike.

Being better parents

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Teachers, parents, and their children come together to solve an emerging problem

Parenting: “Two things I dislike are alcohol and We-Chat. These make my parents quarrel,” read one of the quotes on a board at the Khasadrapchu middle secondary school (KMSS).

Bumthaps love their sunflower seeds

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Culture: Elsewhere in the world, sunflower is cultivated for oil extraction. This is not the case is in Bumthang. They cultivate sunflowers for the seeds. The seeds are a popular snack for the Bumthaps.

Either renovate or demolish Chapcha dzong say residents

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Landmark: Chapcha dzong has become an eyesore to the people of Chapcha. They want the dzong to either be renovated or demolished completely.

The medicine man of Tsirang

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Profile: Fifty-nine-year-old Partiman Aley of Tsirang has kept…

Bhutanese devotees to head to Ladakh for rare blessings

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Pilgrimage: Bhutanese devotees, by hundreds, are preparing to go to Ladakh, India. For many, it’s a pilgrimage of a lifetime – to get a glimpse of the six bone ornaments of Naropa, known as Naro Gyendruk. The rare ornaments are displayed every twelve years.

Couple gives new hope to abandoned girl

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Education: Mendrelgang Central School (MCS) did not take in pre primary children to stay in the hostel this year. That is because of abscence of a full time caretaker. But there are a few exceptions, especially on humanitarian grounds.

Orphaned siblings hope education rescues them

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Community: As the sun starts to set, the villagers of Manthung in Kanglung hang up their spades and call it a day.