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Curtain comes down on KR-II grant scheme

Thirty years of Japanese assistance winds up with last consignment of 239 power tillers AID: Bringing an end to more than three decades of assistance provided to Bhutan under the KR-II grant scheme, a last batch of 239 power tillers worth Nu 63.5M (million) or USD 1.1M was handed over …

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Centre for forestry studies inaugurated

UWICE at Lamai Gonpa provides the premises for the institute UNESCO: The UNESCO Madanjeet centre for South Asia forestry studies at Lamai Gonpa in Bumthang was inaugurated yesterday, fulfilling a cherished dream of late UNESCO Ambassador Madanjeet Singh, who aspired to create a network of institutions of excellence across all …

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Bhutan to receive World Cup qualifier expenses

Football: Countries competing in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, starting from the preliminary round, will get USD 300,000 each to bear the expenses of competing for the World Cup. FIFA has sent a letter to the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) conveying the same.  BFF officials said they have not received …

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Bird flu in Thimphu

Situation under control: remaining fowls in infected area culled H5N1: After confirming bird flu as the cause of what killed 16 birds below the lhengye dhensa (ministerial enclave) in Motithang on April 4, agriculture officials culled 16 more birds yesterday to prevent the spread of the disease. National incident command …

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Indian ambassador fields questions at college talk

The queries covered a wide range of issues from currency to politics Relations: The Indian ambassador, Gautam Bambawale will be rooting for Bhutan to win its upcoming World Cup qualifying matches with China, it was revealed at a talk on the relationship between the two countries given at the Royal …

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Four blocks on three highways (in Wangdue)

Road-widening work has not just disrupted traffic, but affected water supplies as well DoR: With widening work stopping traffic at four places on the three highways that pass through Wangdue, commuters today either start their journey early or speed to escape a roadblock. More than two months after the Dochula-Thimphu …

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Ban on drones hampering research

Banning drones not the solution, opines researcher and those in the film industry   Drones: The recent blanket ban on using drones didn’t go down well with those, who feel that the latest technology could bring down cost and save time in every field. Researchers from the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute …

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New Taklai irrigation system to boost rice production

Agriculture: The country’s largest irrigation system in Taklai, Sarpang that would irrigate over 3,000 acres of paddy land and benefit 398 households of Chuzargang and Serzhong gewogs was inaugurated yesterday. This would make possible to harvest paddy twice a year and also foster cultivation of winter vegetables. With the completion …

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The importance of Sanskrit grammar

Language: After studying Sanskrit grammar for 18 years in India, monk Khenrab Singye has decided to teach the ancient grammar to help monks understand the teachings of the Buddha better. Sanskrit grammar is the basis of all Buddha teachings in the form of sutras, tantras, philosophy, literature and texts.  Khenrab …

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Dungsel Home Spa – Thimphu’s ‘special’ sanatorium

Entrepreneurship: Tshering Dorji, 27, along with three others, who are visually impaired, started a massage therapy home yesterday.  The spa started with five clients. Dungsel Home Spa is established with a vision to empower people living with disabilities to be independent. “With unemployment problem on the rise, it’s difficult to …

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