• Govt. to buy back about 380MT of cardamom 

    The agriculture ministry would buy the remaining cardamom stock with the farmers within this month, agriculture minister said yesterday. The ministry estimates that about 380 metric tons of cardamom are still with the farmers. Agriculture minister Yeshey Penjor said the ministry would export after buying the spice from the farmers.

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The annual Druk Wangyel Tshechu, which was held yesterday at Dochula celebrates the continuous efforts of the Royal Bhutan Army in protecting the sovereignty and the stability of the country. Unlike other festivals, the tshechu is performed by the soldiers of the Royal Bhutan Army.

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Tsirang DT not keen on relocating abattoir

Tsirang dratshang yesterday proposed the Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) to relocate the abattoir and to minimise animal slaughter. Tsirang’s Namgyal Choling Rabdey’s secretary, Lhab Tshering, said that the current abattoir was in the middle of settlement in Gosarling gewog. Although closure might not be possible, relocation and minimising killings was what the …

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Ruling party and Opposition share committee chairs

Deviating from past practice, five of the nine National Assembly committees have elected their chairpersons from the Opposition party, while three have elected from the ruling party. The committees chaired by members from the Opposition are the house committee; good governance; environment and climate change; women, children and youth; and …

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Bhutan – Canada sign MoU

The MoU establishes a bilateral consultation mechanism between the two foreign ministries

The foreign ministry and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on December 12 in Thimphu to establish a bilateral consultation mechanism between the two ministries. Ambassador of Bhutan to Canada Doma Tshering, and Ambassador of Canada to Bhutan, Nadir Patel, …

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Phongmey residents get bridge over Yudiri

Students of Dungtse central school cross the Dungjur-ri stream in Phongmey

Some nine years ago, two people in Phongmey gewog, Trashigang, lost their lives when the stream they were trying to cross suddenly swelled, washing away the duo and the vehicle they were travelling in. The infamous Yudiri stream in Phonemey has claimed seven lives so far, according to gup Pelden …

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ACC and ISM sign MoU to prevent corruption

To date, the commission has signed about 23 MoUs

In an effort to prevent corruption effectively, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Institute of Science of Mind (ISM), Zhung Dratshang signed a MoU in Thimphu yesterday. Recognising the role of ISM in preventing corruption, the MoU was signed to strengthen and establish cooperation between ACC and ISM. The signing is …

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Saving the GC road from damage

Residents of Pang and Bemji villages place planks beneath the excavator to save the road from damage

Eleven men from Pang and Bemji villages of Nubi gewog in Trongsa were busy laying wooden planks underneath the wheels (continuous track) of the dzongkhag Kobelco excavator as the machine plied the gewog centre (GC) road yesterday. The men, who started their day at 8am from Bemji, place the planks …

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After a rehearsal for the National Day celebrations, young and old performers call it a day in Samtse yesterday

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The Nehru Wangchuck Cultural Centre and Vast Bhutan opened an exhibition themed 50 years of Indo-Bhutan friendship in Thimphu yesterday, to celebrate the 111th national day. The exhibition will be open until December 24.

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Govt. to buy back unsold cardamom from farmers

he dzongkhags need to submit the list of farmers willing to sell their produce to the government by December 14

Just as farmers were anxiously waiting for the cardamom price to improve and its export hassles resolved, the government has announced that it would buy back the unsold stock from farmers across the country. With cardamom-marketing season at its peak, farmers of Chudzom gewog, one of the highest cardamom-producing places …

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Bhutan Foundation donates USD 0.52M to Bhutan for Life 

Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck, the Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation handed over a cheque worth USD 520,000 to the Chairman of Bhutan For Life and agriculture secretary Rinzin Dorji in a simple ceremony on December 11. To ensure that Bhutan remains economically and environmentally sustainable, the government …

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Buckling under the burden of NCDs

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are estimated to account for 69 percent of all deaths in Bhutan making it the leading cause of all preventable deaths, according to WHO NCD country profile, 2018. This was shared at a high-level advocacy for parliamentarians and key stakeholders for accelerating prevention and control of NCDs in Bhutan …

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