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The three-day annual tshechu of Mongar ended on November 28 with the dance of Guru Tshengyed or the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche. The tshechu also saw an increase in the number of tourists.

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Trashigang prioritises unemployment in 12th Plan

Addressing unemployment issue will be one of the priorities for Trashigang dzongkhag in the 12th Plan. Set in the backdrop of the 12th Plan’s objective of just, harmonious and sustainable society through enhanced decentralisation, the dzongkhag aims to bring down its unemployment number to zero. According to the labour force …

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Hearing and speech-impaired man sentenced for molesting child

After altering the degree of an offence committed by a 39-year-old speech and hearing impaired man to a petty misdemeanour from fourth-degree felony, Haa dzongkhag court sentenced the man to nine months in prison. The Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) charged Phurba Thinley from Dorokha for violating section 203 of …

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Cold storage facilities, online auction system to ease potato storage issues

The government is planning to construct more storage facilities and emphasise on online auction system to resolve problems such as insufficient storage facilities during auction season, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said at the National Assembly on November 28. Members of Parliament (MP) from Nganglam, Choida Jamtsho and Kuenga from Nyishog-Saephu …

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Forest rules have exceptions on rural timber subsidy, MoAF minister

Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji

Although those households falling within the areas of dzongkhag thromde, yenlag thromde, and areas within two kilometers radial distance from declared thromde boundaries are ineligible for subsidised timber, there are exceptions, according to agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji. This was shared in response to Bji Kar Tshog Uesu MP Kinley Om’s …

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Riserboo hospital to get ultrasound machine, a technician next year

Riserboo hospital in Trashigang will receive an ultrasound machine and a technician early next year, health minister Tandin Wangchuk said at the National Assembly on November 28. Wamrong MP Karma Tenzin had asked the possibility of providing the hospital with an ultrasound machine with a technician at the earliest, for …

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DPT fields environment consultant from Phuentshopelri-Samtse

He is a former DNT candidate  A freelance consultant on environment issues, Kamal Dan Chamling, officially joined the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), last week to contest in the upcoming National Assembly election from Phuentshopelri-Samtse constituency, Samtse. The 59-year-old from Ngyoenpaling B village (Publi B) in Phuentshopelri gewog holds a masters …

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Low cardamom price still higher than cost of production

Research shows that the price farmers fetch for cardamom is about 20-30 percent more than the cost of production, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said. Lyonpo said this in response to a query from Dophuchen-Tading MP, Tek Bahadur Subba on the decreasing price of cardamom at the National Assembly’s question hour …

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NCWC challenged in addressing women and child issues

An internal framework developed by the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) would address issues concerning workingwomen such as harassment, breastfeeding, women representation and child protection. This was presented at a conference RENEW organised on November 24. A standard internal framework was submitted to the Gender Focal Points in …

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No budget allocated for disaster relief activities: FM

Lyonpo Namgay Dorji

Allocating budget for natural disaster relief activities in the dzongkhags is not possible, finance minister Namgay Dorji said at the National Assembly. During a question hour session on November 24, Kabisa-Talo MP, Dophu Dukpa, asked if the ministry had any plans to allocate certain amount to dzongkhag administrations for fund …

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