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Exporters to visit Bangladesh to sort out boulder issue 

A team comprising of boulder exporters and officials from the Bhutan Exporters Association (BEA) will travel to Nakugoan in Bangladesh on May 13 to resolve the ongoing boulders export issue from Gelephu. This was decided during a meeting held yesterday to discuss issues that have left hundreds of trucks stranded …

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo offered special prayers and lit a thousand butter lamps yesterday for the victims of Sri Lanka bombing last month, the victims of the bus accident in Wangdue and for the victim who died in the tent accident at the moenlam chenmo in Wangdue. The moenlam …

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Going to Bhutan? No plastic then, say Jaigaon vendors

Plastic ban had hit the country’s biggest commercial town of Phuentsholing quite unexpectedly and hard last month. More than 100 business entities were penalised. Disgruntled, some took to social media to voice out their anguish. However, that one imposition in the first week of April has brought about a result …

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Third construction fair opens in Thimphu 

Last year, Thimphu Thromde approved the proposals to construct 170 buildings in the city alone. With about 2,500 contractors and about 11, 403 heavy vehicles in the country, the construction sector is today one of the biggest and busiest industries. To meet the demand of a growing construction sector and …

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There are lots under the surface (collection)

Going by recent issues surfacing on surface collection of boulders and exporting them to Bangladesh, there seem to be a rush – a big one. Located on a delta, Bangladesh needs stone. The country is developing fast. It is the second fastest growing economy today. They need stones and boulders …

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Plenary refers all 23 LG petitions to ministries

The agenda setting plenary of the National Assembly held on May 9 referred all 23 petitions from local governments to relevant ministries. Most petitions were on the need to blacktop farm roads and requirement of security guards for community lhakhangs. However, the plenary which was attended by 39 members from …

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RCSC to review HR requirements for local governments

To ensure successful implementation of the 12th Plan, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) will conduct a demand-based review of staffing through joint consultations between the parent agency, local governments (LGs) and the commission. The review, which would be conducted in the first two years of the plan period, is …

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Lottery winning monk offers bolero to help carry bodies 

To help people carry bodies to the cremation site, Lhab Tshering, a monk in his 30s offered a bolero truck to the Namgyal Choling Dratshang this year. After Lhab Tshering from Tsirangtoe won a lottery worth Nu 3 Million in December last year he immediately bought a bolero truck to …

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WASH facilities good but health centers inaccessible to the disabled

Lack of accessibility to health facilities for persons with disabilities in health care centers of rural areas was one of the major challenges in the four hospitals visited by the participants of the global learning event held in Punakha. Themed ‘water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in rural health care facilities,’ …

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Conserving biodiversity remains a challenge for Bhutan 

One million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, according to a United Nations report released May 4. “This loss is a direct result of human activity and constitutes a direct threat to human well-being in all regions of the world,” the report states. To read more, …

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Rehabilitation project changes lives in Ney 

Choden was not from Thimphu. But for 17 years, she lived with her cousin in Hongtsho. From Ngar village in Gangzur, Lhuenste, Choden had no land to return home. Her mother had not inherited land and was compelled to take shelter at Yodra Gonpa to lead a monastic life and …

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