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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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To ‘meat’ a huge demand

A processing unit is to be set up in Serbithang to reduce dependence on imports DoL: The department of livestock (DoL) will soon establish a meat-processing unit in Serbithang, Thimphu. Last year, Bhutan imported 10,336MT (metric tonnes) of meat products worth Nu 1.37 billion from India and Thailand. Bhutan is …

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Rangjung earns dzongkhag’s yenlag thromde crown

Kanglung and Wamrong were the other two contenders that met the required criteria Township: Following lengthy deliberations, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) resolved that Rangjung would be their yenlag thromde (satellite town) in the dzongkhag. The decision comes after the ministry of works and human settlement required each dzongkhag to have …

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Young students adapt well at Dechentsemo CS

After overcoming an initial bout of homesickness, the little ones are adjusting nicely Education: Despite initial skepticism among parents to enroll six-year olds into a boarding school, preprimary (PP) students are adjusting well in the recently opened Dechentsemo central school at Thinleygang, Punakha. The school, however, had to send home …

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