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Multidimensional poverty halved, but highest among children

Inaction would be dangerous cautions report   Multidimensional poverty is highest among children between 0-9 years, the Bhutan Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2017 finds. The report, which the National Statistic Bureau (NSB) released yesterday, states that among the 13 MPI indicators, the largest contributors to national poverty in are deprivations …

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Thromde to reconstruct damaged road in Babesa

The damaged road has closed traffic since November 22

Says the road was damaged due to poor geological and soil conditions Thimphu thromde would take the responsibility to rebuild the damaged road that runs above the Olakha automobile workshop area leading to project DANTAK office, the thrompon said. About 20 meters of the road and the roadside drain towards …

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407 Tsirang farmers await agro-cooperative loan

The papers to process the loans were allegedly distributed from PDP office in Damphu More than a year after farmers in Tsirang signed forms and paid registration fees to avail ‘agro-cooperative’ loan from an office in Damphu, farmers are still awaiting a response. The office in Damphu had allegedly distributed …

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Picture story

On the invitation from the Thailand International Cooperation Agency, the One Gewog One Product Project (OGOP) participated in the Thai OTOP (One Tambon One Product) Fair at the IMPACT Exhibition Centre from December 17 – 25. A group of six farmers and local producers participated in the fair, along with …

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Mental healthcare must go nationwide

Unlike other diseases, mental health remains hidden in Bhutan largely because of belief systems in the society. Records available at the hospitals do not give us the real picture of the number of population living with mental illness. Many do not come or are discouraged to seek treatment at health …

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Bhutan signs UN’s Rapid Deployment Level agreement

As part of the agreement, an inspection was held in Bhutan from December 10 to 15 (Photo courtesy: UN Peacekeeping)

Becomes the first country to agree on having troops and equipment on standby for any peacekeeping placement Bhutan signed a Rapid Deployment Level (RDL) agreement on December 1, agreeing to have troops and equipment on standby for placement to any peacekeeping operation within 60 days upon request from the UN …

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Man get nine years for impregnating minor

Punakha dzongkhag court sentenced a 29-year-old man to nine years in prison for impregnating a 16-year-old girl. According to the judgment rendered on December 25, the man was found guilty of violating section 184 of the amended Penal Code of Bhutan (PCB) 2011 for having illicit relation with a minor. …

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Recitation observes Zhabdrung’s birth anniversary

About 390 monks, gomchens and nuns attended the three-day programme ​

About 390 monks, gomchens and nuns from dratshangs and shedras in Trashigang recited Jigten Wangchuk prayers, which ended yesterday coinciding with the birth anniversary of Zhabdrung. While the tenth day of the third month of the Bhutanese calendar is observed as Zhabdrung Kuchoe, the death anniversary of Zhabdrung Rinpoche, the …

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Carbide gas cylinder explosion raises safety concerns

A carbide gas cylinder at an automobile workshop in Phuentsholing

The recent death of a 45-year-old non-Bhutanese man in an explosion of a carbide gas cylinder at Wangdi engineering automobile workshop in Phuentsholing has raised safety concerns. Workers at the automobile workshops claim that although most automobile workshops in Phuentsholing use the dissolved acetylene (DA) gas for welding, few are …

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Dzongpon Kunzang Thinley and the Raven Crown

Photo: Ap Dorji

Dzongpon Kunzang Thinley (1860-1920) has often been mistaken for the First Druk Gyalpo Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. As cousin, father in law and ally, he was the King’s trusted man and served as the Thimphu Dzongpon. Popularly known as Apay Agey, his father Trongsa Penlop Dungkar Gyeltshen was the brother of …

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Illumination Dorokha…

This December, an otherwise forlorn Dorokha was twice-blessed. As the last month of the seventeenth year of the new millennium was unfolding, His Holiness, Bhutan’s 70th Chyabje Rinpoche Trulku Jigme Choeda, visited the Dungkhag and blessed our newly constructed Gatshelling Lhakhang in a most elaborate tradition of religious consecrations. In …

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Tests confirm E.Coli presence in Wangchhu

E.Coli causes diseases like typhoid, diarrhoea, and fever (Courtesy : Wangchhu Waterkeeper)

A six-month water quality test of the Wangchhu river has confirmed presence of the bacteria E.Coli (Escherichia coli). The test was conducted by the Wangchhu Waterkeeper as part of the project of Clean Bhutan and Waterkeeper Alliance. It was conducted in four different areas – Dodena, Dechen Zam, Centenary Farmers’ …

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