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Mongar elects new gup

Bye-election:  After three months without a gup and two bye-elections, Mongar gewog finally has a gup. The gewog elected Rinzin 49, who contested against Tharpa Gyeltshen, 31, in the second bye-election held yesterday. Of the 790 voters including 13 postal ballots, Ketongri-Themnangbe chiwog’s candidate Rinzin secured 421 votes with seven …

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Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition concludes

Exhibition: Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck officially closed the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, which was held at the Ugyen Pelri Palace grounds from April 2 to 6. The exhibition saw almost 50,000 visitors in five days, with close to 22,000 visitors on  April 4 alone. Organised on the Royal …

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Windstorm damages 792 homes

Dagana was the worst hit among the nine dzongkhags Disaster: The windstorm that swept across nine dzongkhags on the night of April 4 injured three people and affected 792 households, mostly in the southern belt, according to a preliminary report with the department of disaster management. All dzongkhags also reported …

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Change in DT schedule irks gups

Seven gewogs were unable to bring issues from the field to the DT  LG: Seven of its eight gewogs were unable to table their issues at Lhuentse’s seventh dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) because of a change in schedule. Except for Jarey gewog, whose gup is also the DT chairman, the other …

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FC Terton thrash Dzongrig FC 7-1

 Yanmar League: Striker Diwash Subba scored a hat-trick as FC Terton kick started their season with a 7-1 thumping of Dzongrig FC yesterday. Striker Diwash Subba’s hat-trick was the first of the tournament. The first goal came in the 53rd minute when he headed in a cross-volley from midfielder Karan …

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ADB exhorts Bhutan to prioritise agriculture

Further drop in sector’s share of GDP could widen income disparities and regional imbalances  Report: Amid agriculture’s falling share of gross domestic product (GDP) of the country, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has urged Bhutan to prioritise the sector’s development equally like hydropower. The bank’s latest report “Asian Development Outlook …

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Biodiversity richer by one more bird

The Burmese shrike adds itself to a now 693-strong Bhutanese family of feathered friends  UWICE: Bhutan is rich by one more species of bird, the Burmese shrike (Lanius collurioides) after a mist-netting programme at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) on April 2 discovered the bird. “The …

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Trongsa up to its neck in waste

A population explosion due to the hydropower project necessitates two new landfill sites Garbage: The Trongsa dzongkhag administration is working on opening two new landfills in Drakteng and Langthel to address the growing waste problem in the dzongkhag. Following a sudden surge in population after the opening of the Mangdechu …

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Yanmar Thimphu league kicks off today

Rookie Thimphu FC will take on stalwart Thimphu City FC in opening game Football: Seven football clubs, most of them laden with international and national players, will fight for a spot in the national league with the Yanmar Thimphu Premier League kicking off this evening at the Changlimithang stadium. The …

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