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Lhakhang finds new home in El Paso


The structure was first made in Washington, DC for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Heritage: Seven years after first being constructed in Washington, DC for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a lhakhang made by Bhutanese artisans has been permanently installed on the 366-acre campus of the University of Texas, El Paso. The ...

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Court directs DGM to explain cracks


Both sides in ongoing case wish to present more witnesses to bolster their pleas Gidawom: Thimphu dzongkhag court’s bench II has asked the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) to explain what caused the cracks on some 27 houses in Gidawom and Jamdo villages on July 12 last year. In ...

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Samtse hit by second windstorm


Reconstruction of badly hit Norbugang LSS currently underway Disaster: About 60 men, including officials from Samtse dzongkhag are currently busy extracting timber to reconstruct five structures of Norbugang lower secondary school (NLSS), which were severely damaged by a windstorm on the evening of April 17. The five structures suffered major ...

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ODTP initiative treads on others’ turf


The way forward, it was agreed at the AGM, was through cooperation with the agencies concerned BCCI: With the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) initiating a one-district-three-products (ODTP) programme, there is a perception that the chamber is encroaching into the domain of some government agencies. This, the chamber ...

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Pilot bus service for Lhuentse


Transport: The people of Jarey and Metshog gewogs of Lhuentse will get a transport service tomorrow.  Inauguration of the service took place in Jarey gewog on April 13. The service will ply between Lhuentse to Jarey on Mondays and between Metshog and Lhuentsi on Wednesdays. Damchu Dorji, RSTA base-in-charge, said ...

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Communities to protect choetens


DT: With the recent spate of choeten vandalism in the dzongkhag, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) members raised concerns over the increasing crime and sought police protection. About 1,005 choetens are spread across Trashigang dzongkhag and most have been vandalised or were attempted to.  Presenting the issue, Sakteng gup, Tshewang Tshering ...

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Regulars win Challenge 60-Sixty race


Cycling: Three-time winner of the Dantak open mountain bike race, Sonam claimed his fourth trophy in the tournament as project Dantak celebrated its 54th Raising Day in Bhutan on Sunday. A Japanese volunteer teacher, Reika Yoshii, also retained her last year’s top position in the women’s category. Sonam, 38, completed the ...

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Win keeps TYT’s semifinal hopes alive


Cricket: With other semifinal hopefuls True Warriors among the audience, TYT cricket club held their nerve as they comprehensively defeated Bhutan Telecom. TYT opted to bat first and a blistering start saw TYT notch up 40 runs in five overs.  Two quick wickets in the space of two overs from ...

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JSWNP a hotspot for wildcat species


Despite initial expectations being belied, there’s optimism about the corporation’s future Wildlife: The Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWNP) is now a hotspot for wildcat species. A camera trapping exercise that started in 2010, recorded 12 individual tigers.  It is estimated that between 14-26 live in the park. A policy ...

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Multi-party association launched to prevent ills of democracy


The Bhutan Democracy Dialogue will allow parties to work together and take a common position Democracy: Political parties agree that disharmony and mistrust fueled by partisan politics should be removed from society. The Bhutan Democracy Dialogue (BDD), which was launched by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck ...

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