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Pipe burst disrupts water supply to Gelephu gewog

Even before the residents of 420 households in Gelephu gewog could benefit from the water connectivity project from Bhalu River in Samtenling gewog, the pipes burst. The water connectivity project, worth Nu 41.9 million (M), which began more than two years ago, was expected to supply water by June this ...

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Forest fire destroys more than 800 acres in Chapcha

Thimphu sky remains covered with haze due to a forest fire in Chapcha, Chukha yesterday

More than 100 people, including forestry officials, dzongkhag officials, police, desuups and village volunteers are fighting a forest fire that started from Hebji village in Chapcha, Chukha. The fire, which started on December 13, has destroyed more than 800 acres of forestland, according to forest officials in Chapcha. They are ...

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Youth consulted on sustainable development

A two-day consultation with youth on SGDs began in Thimphu yesterday

A guideline for youth-led groups was launched at the first national consultation with youth on sustainable development in Thimphu yesterday to strengthen and enhance coordination and networking of youth groups across the country. Titled ‘Young Bhutan Network: The Spirit of Youth’, the guideline is expected to streamline the operation of ...

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Body found a week after man went missing

The wreck of the van at Thakorling

Tsirang police yesterday found the body of a 61-year-old taxi driver, who had gone missing since December 8. The body was found in a Maruti van that had veered off 200m below the road in Thakorling, Patshaling gewog yesterday. His brother informed police that he did not return home after ...

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Health ministry starts work to improve patient meals

The ministry is short of 10 dieticians The joint sitting of the parliament on December 6, endorsed the public accounts committee’s recommendation on the provision of patient meals that the performance audit report had observed. The committee recommended the health ministry to carry out a vigorous implementation of the Guidelines ...

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Poor yield worries mandarin exporters

Labourers segregate oranges for grading at a depot in Phuentsholing

The orange depots at the Toorsa embankment in Phuentsholing did not get enough supply of oranges this season, say exporters. They say there are fewer oranges in orchards and that the season could wrap up earlier than the previous years. Bhutan Exporters Association had also timed to start the season ...

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Poverty rate drops to 8.2 percent

A total of 56,865 people live below the poverty line, according to the Bhutan Poverty Analysis Report (PAR) 2017. This means that one out of 12 people belongs to households whose per capita consumption is below Nu 2,195.95.The country’s poverty rate stands at 8.21 percent, down from 12 percent in 2012. ...

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Two stabbing cases in one day

Thimphu police detained a 20-year-old man for stabbing a 45-year-old man near his shop opposite the Clock Tower Square in Thimphu on December 2. The incident occurred around 5:35pm. According to police, the shopkeeper’s son and daughter were in the shop when the suspect first visited the shop. The suspect ...

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PSL will revolutionise economy: PM

PM Tshering Tobgay and RMA Governor Dasho Penjore launch the PSL Guidelines

With a prayer ceremony, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay launched the Priority Sector Lending (PSL) Guidelines 2017 at the Kuenrey of Simtokha Dzong yesterday in Thimphu. An outcome of the vision of His Majesty The King, the PSL guidelines provides loan schemes for the cottage and small industries (CSI) sector, which ...

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Awareness campaign held on cervical and breast cancer in T/gang

Self-breast examination techniques were also taught during the two-day campaign

It was a cold winter morning in 2013 when doctors at the Mongar regional referral hospital told Jigme Choden, a farmer from Rongthong village in Trashigang, that she has cervical cancer. Soon after the doctor gave the results of stage I cancer, the mother of six broke down. She was ...

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Haa abuzz with national day preparations

Tshering Nidup and his employees work late into the night to finish orders

It’s 9pm. Tshering Nidup and his three employees are grinding their sewing machines non-stop. They are racing against time. Next to them are heaps of intricately designed bright cloth pieces. Outside, except for few dogs barking, the Haa town is empty, asleep. The town of about two dozen shops close ...

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Vehicles, the main polluter in Bhutan

The National Environment Commission’s strategy and a roadmap recommend using e-taxis, urban buses and hybrid vehicles to address the growing vehicle emission in the country

Low carbon vehicle strategy and a roadmap developed by National Environment Commission (NEC) recommend using e-taxis, urban buses and hybrid vehicles to address the growing vehicle emission in the country. According to Bhutan State of Environment report 2016, the concentration of particulate matter particles with a diameter of 10 micrometre ...

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