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Truckers miffed over factory maintenance shutdown

They claimed to have not been informed in advance though plant officials say otherwise DCCL: More than 200 Bhutanese and Indian trucks were stranded for about two weeks in Nganglam when the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) could not dispatch cement after the factory was shut down for maintenance since …

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What’s to become of the two Gamrichu projects?

Though techno-economically viable, both encroach core areas of Sakteng wildlife sanctuary Hydropower: When Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) dug boreholes to carry out geotechnical studies in some parts of Sakteng last year, villagers assumed that the long awaited Gamrichu hydropower projects were finally taking off. Today, after about seven months, …

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FC Terton moves closer to the title

Beats Thimphu FC after coming from 2 goals down Football: In a dramatic comeback, FC Terton defeated Thimphu City FC 3-2 to retain their top position in the ongoing Yanmar Thimphu Premier League yesterday. After Thimphu City’s mid-fielder, Passang Tshering, scored two goals in the first five minutes of each …

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Youth to preserve dying tradition

Training: A pilot project to document oral histories and traditions of Thimphu began yesterday with 14 youth writers from across the country attending a two-day training called “Script Weavers”. Youth Social Cooperative (Y Co-Op), Bhutan’s first social cooperative, and Bhutan Centre for Media & Democracy (BCMD) are organising the training …

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Construction begins for new hospital in Tsirang

Health: Work to construct a 40-bed hospital in Damphu, Tsirang has begun with a groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday.  Information and communications minister, DN Dhungyel attended the ceremony. The new hospital, a government of India (GoI) project, will be constructed next to the existing hospital on an area of 5,000.60sqm. Lyonpo …

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New chadi protocol in pipeline

Etiquette: The department of culture’s driglam namzha (traditional code of etiquette) division is currently drafting a new chadi (preparation) protocol.  It is expected to be complete and ready for implementation by the end of this year. Although details were not available, head of the division, Jigme Yoezer, said that it …

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Student trapped under fallen boulder rescued

Accident: Dzongkhag officials and police yesterday rescued a class X student of Phuyum middle secondary school in Lhuentse who was trapped for three hours after a boulder rolled onto her hut. When the rock fell on the hut around 6.30am, she was in the kitchen preparing lunch for school.  According …

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Bongdema industrial estate sees progress

Economy: The long-awaited Bongdema Industrial Estate in Mongar saw some development with the inaugural of a bridge and an access road construction on May 10. Without a bridge and an access road, the department could not allot plots to the developers. “This (bridge and access road) was a necessity for …

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Tremor interrupts GNH discussion

Quake: Just as the last panelist, Bhutan Media Foundation’s director, Dawa Penjor, was speaking on Gross National Happiness (GNH) and media, the tremor that occurred around 1pm in Bhutan ended the discussion and sent some 25 participants rushing outside the Phuntsho Pelri hotel in Thimphu. Some 25 entrepreneurs and representatives …

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Restoration works on sacred choeten begins

Culture: About a hundred people consisting of dzongkhag officials, monks and the people of Kawang joined Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay and home minister Damcho Dorji, to undertake restoration works on the historic Mani Dangrim choeten at Dodeyna yesterday. A new sokshing and nangtens (relics) were also installed inside the chorten. The …

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Burglary cases in Thimphu fall off

Crime: Thimphu has seen reduction in burglary cases between the months of January and April this year compared with same months in the past two years. In 2013, the city recorded 78 burglary cases, and 87 in 2014. In the first four months this year, the police recorded only 65 …

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Dog population management programme wins award

Over 56,000 strays have been sterilised and vaccinated so far Canines: Over 56,000 stray dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies in the past six years in the country.  Another 2,100 cats were also sterilised and vaccinated. This was done through the catch, neuter, vaccinate and release protocol, as …

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