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College girl wins jersey, wants to take home

When Sherab Dema, 3rd year Biochemistry student of Samtse College of Education won a jersey cow as a prize during the 111th National day, everybody thought she would sell it, as she is a student. But the student from Bikhar, Trashingang had other ideas. She doesn’t want to part with the cow and its little calf. It is no ordinary …

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Annual Lhuentse Tshechu concludes

Lhuentse held its annual Tshechu starting from eight till twelve of eleventh month of the Bhutanese calendar. The 5 days long tshechu was performed in the courtyard of the Dzong. The festivals consisted of various masked dance including Deygye Bakcham (Vasana masked dance of eight classes of violent deities), Guru Tsengye (Eight manifestation of Guru Padmasambhava) and traditional cultural dances. …

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Increasing vegetable growers in Tongzhang

An increasing number of farmers in Tongzhang, Trashi Yangtse, are growing varieties of vegetables in groups. The group was formed in 2012, after the new agriculture program was introduced in their villages. Currently there are four groups in four villages under Tongzhang gewog; Changmadung, Brongkashing, Gorshing and Pang. A group consist of 18-20 members lead by a chairperson each. Earlier …

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Bhutanese should learn from

When most of the Bhutanese have less interest in singing our traditional songs, Johan Westman from Sweden working in Samtse College of Education as music lecturer could sing Zhungdra beautifully, more than Bhutanese on National Day. He was looking for opportunity to present song in the morning but due tight program, he was given to sing in the evening where …

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Doing away with exams

What would come as good news for students, the government has decided to do away exams for primary schools. It will be done in phases and replaced by a formative assessment where students will be judged on modern assessment systems and not only exams. The decision has come after consultations with the Bhutan Council of School Examination and Assessment. How …

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Survey to understand women and their issues in the media

Dhensel Research and Consulting (DRC) firm is currently conducting a survey on strengthening media assessment capabilities to advocate for a gender-sensitive media. The survey aims to strengthen the environment for press freedom, journalistic safety and/or self-regulation for on-line media through favourable policies and practices. It is also to promote good governance and transparency by developing pluralistic media institutions including community …

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Trainings and sustainability top media issue

Sustainability of media, need for training and lack of technical skills dominated the discussions when journalists and media owners met at a half-day stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Bhutan Media Foundation (BMF). The meeting organized by the Foundation discussed mandate of BMF, fundraising, strategic plan, communication, current status, SWOT analysis of the media (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat), professional growth, …

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Vendors of Thimphu highway

Thimphu The increase in number of farmers selling local vegetables along the Thimphu highway has been overwhelming for the past few years. The farmers of Wangsisina started selling their produce along the roadside since 2005 in order to sustain their livelihood and to help with their domestic arena. Initially there were only nine of them who initiated the roadside business …

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Breaking down the communication barrier

To ensure inclusion and equality, the theme of this year’s International Day of People with disabilities, the Wangsel institute for the Deaf in Paro is trying to bring all the deaf people in the country through a common sign language. To break down the communication barriers, the institute is conducting researches on Bhutanese sign language (BSL) and classes for people …

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A farmer’s thought

Sangay Rinchen has decided to live through human culture and society which happens to be farming and agriculture. He is a farmer living a lifestyle of an entrepreneur in order to survive in the modern ecosystem where the society is attached to speculative market values over morality. He hopes to stand in the front line of evolutionary process of the …

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