Women Khuru players at forefront of cultural shift

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The public remain divided on women entering a culturally male dominated sport 

Tradition: Aum Dechey, 52, and her eight-member team from Gasa arrived in Thimphu at around midnight for a khuru match against a team from Dagana.

A tale of two happy cities

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Happiness: Wednesday, March 16. At Royal Thimphu College’s (RTC) auditorium, students are waiting for a special lecture.

Love for art keeps the school alive

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Handicraft: Karma Jamtsho, who had just quit monastic education, was heartbroken when he was disqualified from attending National Institute for Zorig Chusum (traditional art and crafts) because he didn’t have the required minimum qualification of Class VI.

A farmer leads the way

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Farming: Aum Sangay, 56, from Shumar in Pemagatshel, may be just any ordinary farmer, but she is also a hard working farmer, who believes trying every new farming methods the government officials introduce in the village.

Sharlingkhar ruins: People’s wish to save it

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History: More than a century ago, they say, there was a great dzong called Sharlingkhar in Shumar, Pemagatshel. From this great fortress ruled Dzongpon Kolokpo. But then, as they also say the rest is history, one can today see only the ruins of the great dzong of Sharlingkhar. We can only imagine its magnificence and strategic significance.

Asparagus is good for Gongthung farmers

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Farming: Asparagus farming is becoming a lucrative business for farmers of Gongthung in Trashigang.

Good men cometh, from afar

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Changcha: Rogues all – nine of them – come throwing themselves sincerely prostrate, hitting their stony forehead on the hard, burning asphalt – rogues – they come.

Making the most of the pleasant weather

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Phuentsholing’s hotels thrive on conferences and workshops in winter

Hotels: It is spring and Phuentsholing is getting hotter. Very soon, the business hub of the country will not be as busy as it was for the past many weeks.

The lonely yogi of Gechu

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Our reporter Nirmala Pokhrel meets the mysterious ascetic of Gechu and learns about her curious, lonely and regimental ways of living 

Profile: Meet Srimati Rai, 65. She has been alone for good part of her life. She doesn’t know what it means to have a companion in life.

Members reopen closed cooperative unit

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Dairy: In an effort to keep their milk cooperative up and running after it was closed almost for three months, the 96 members of Shali Gamu Gonpoeng milk-processing unit in Shali Gamu have decided to reopen the unit.

Farmers construct their own solar fence

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Rural: Instead of waiting for the government's help, two villagers from Phuntshothang village built their own solar fence to combat wild elephants destroying their crops.

Poor mandarin yield hits families that depend on horses

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Lifestyle: It is 6am and Aum Sonam Dekar blows hard into the fire outside her camp at the base of Dorongphu village in Jigmechholing, Sarpang. She slices dry beef to prepare breakfast and packed lunch. Her two sons are still sleeping. She tells them to get up. Father is readying the horses outside.

Wangdue Goenpa’s sacred text missing for almost four decades

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The absence of the text has been causing ill omens say village elders

Religion: The main text (Tsalee) of a set of religious text or Gongdu patis belonging to Wangdue Goenpa in Komatha, Sha Kazhi gewog, has been missing for the past 37 years.