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Shingkhar road construction to be contracted out

The latest in a series of delays is due this time to an inability to supply local labour Road: Construction work on the 11km Shingkhar gewog centre road (GCR) in Zhemgang has again hit a speed breaker, after the gewog informed the regional road office that it was facing difficulties …

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Forest fire doused by divine intervention

Disaster: The Tsirang dratshang on March 27 sought divine intervention to help combat the forest fire that has raged for the past five days. Tsirang dratshang’s Lam Neten Wangdi said that they held a daylong prayer ceremony to appease the rain gods that blessed them with heavy showers that day …

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In remembrance of Nyikems’ past

The Royal Textile Museum hosts a display entitled “In the Service of our Kings” Exhibition: With his bura marp kabney or red scarf swaying slightly with each step, Dasho Botokarp, aided by an attendant and a walking stick slowly shuffled along the stone slab courtyard of the Royal Textile Academy …

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Nakha farm cooperative finally takes off

Agriculture: For the first time, farmers of Nakha village came together yesterday to plant potatoes on 20 acres of land at once. The farmers were from 11 households in Nakha, Sephu gewog, which is about 98km away from Wangdue.  They belong to a farmer’s group, Samdrup Tshongley Detshen, which is …

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Changjiji open-air gym inaugurated

At the opening, the health minister urged the community to use and take care of the facility NCD: With the opening of an open-air gym at Changjiji, the colony now has a complete set of facilities for all age groups. To promote healthy lifestyle and help address the rising non-communicable …

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Turning crises into opportunity

The lack of local egg trays and cost of a rehab program are met by a manufacturing unit  YDF: Bhutan may not be importing eggs anymore but it continues to import egg trays from India. To reduce the import of egg trays and hatch employment opportunities for youth, egg trays …

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World Cup qualifier gives fillip to local league

New international signings expected to lift quality of football on offer Yanmer-Thimphu: If the recent World Cup qualifying match at Changlimithang has rekindled the love for the beautiful game, local clubs will ensure that it continues. The Thimphu A league has been recently renamed Yanmer Thimphu Premier League.  Prize money …

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Royal visit

His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, visited the Gaeddu College of Business Studies yesterday. His Majesty granted audiences to the students of the college, as well as the faculty. On Monday, His Majesty granted audiences to the faculty and students of the College of Science and …

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Squeezing out space for apron expansion

With the IAF camp relocation still under process, Paro airport has to manage on its own    Aviation: With a seventh aircraft now operating at Paro International Airport, the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is being forced to expand its apron, despite no headway being made on relocating the Indian …

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After forest fire, rolling boulders raise road safety concerns

 Disaster: A fire that started in Taksha, Wangdue and spread south to Tsirang is almost under control, forest officials said. However, those plying down the Wangdue-Tsirang highway are cautioned to watch out for rolling stones after crossing Taksha in Wangdue. Tsirang forest division senior ranger DB Chhetri said, “It’s risky …

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Habitat dislocation – a way of life for Wangdue wildlife

A rescue centre has been necessitated for this collateral damage of the hydropower projects  Ecology: The commencement of hydropower projects have destroyed the habitat and displaced several wild animals from the forests of Wangdue. Three years ago, foresters of Wangdue forest division in Lobesa found three injured sambar deer from …

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Jachungs win Pepsi A league championship

Basketball: Jachungs comfortably defeated Jaguars 87-71 in the third and deciding game of the finals of the Pepsi “A” league basketball Championship at the Swimming Pool complex yesterday. Overcoming a 0-1 deficit in the best of three series, the number four seed in the tournament overwhelmed the sixth seeded Jaguars …

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Third hospitality institute starts operation

Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism began yesterday with 30 trainees Tourism: To professionalise the industry by producing well-trained manpower for the hospitality sector, the Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (BIHT) started operations from yesterday with its first batch of 30 trainees. Located in Bondey, Paro, BIHT is the …

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