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Fire guts half of Sarpang bazaar

Breaking news: About half of some 100 shops that make up the Sarpang bazaar were completely gutted in a fire that started around 8pm today. Police suspect the fire started from a shoe shop that’s located at the end of the market. Residents said they experienced power fluctuation during the …

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Fishing to be allowed in the Haachu

So as to conserve the fisheries and help in the dzongkhag’s socio-economic development Livestock: The national centre for riverine and lake fisheries, under the department of livestock at Haa, will be legalising fishing in the Haachu for tourists and locals starting this year. According to the livestock production officer, Karma …

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The man who made a “scootiller”

Kencho Wangdi, a BPC lineman, moonlights as an inventor Innovator: After years of hard work, Kencho Wangdi’s innovation might finally pay off. The 48-year-old average sized man ignites his “scootiller” engine and starts ploughing his field. “It’s costly and typical to hire oxen to till the fields here,” he said.  …

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A Malady Called Rural-Urban Migration: Part VIII

The series of articles on the subject of rural-urban migration – numbering seven so far – have mainly focused on the principal causes that contributed to this malady. While a number of other causes have aggravated the problem to a lesser degree, clearly the principal causes, in order of severity, …

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Crime rate down in 2014

At the same time, the year registered a spike in cases involving controlled substances RBP: Crime rate in the country dropped by 15.6 percent in 2014 as compared to the previous year, police officials said in a press conference, yesterday. However, police records also showed a 30 percent increase in …

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Joint legal sector programme launched

Swiss and Austrian govts. continue to provide funds to bolster Bhutan’s judicial system LSP: The Austrian and Swiss governments committed Nu 149.6M for the judiciary sector to support access to justice in Bhutan, with the launching of the joint legal sector programme (LSP) yesterday at Tashichhodzong. Two new district courts …

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A Pemagatshel pioneer

Nanong gewog has the honour to host the first central school, Yelchen, to open (Feb. 15) Education: Yelchen central school, the first such institute in Nanong gewog, Pemagatshel will open as scheduled on February 15. About 18 teachers, both new and old, including the central school’s new principal, who was …

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A malady called rural-urban migration Part VIII

I have been often cautioned to refrain from being “emotional” when writing about important issues. People say that one fails to be “objective” when one is emotional. But the case of Goongtongs is a very, very emotional issue. I cannot believe that unless one is extremely callous, one cannot help …

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Tier III data centre launched in P/ling

The facility offers to provide 99.982 percent availability of services to its customers Tech: With Bhutan Telecom (BT) launching a certified tier III data centre in Phuentsholing, yesterday, individuals, entrepreneurs, and organisations across the country can now host their computer systems and information in a safe and secure location, within …

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Villagers wait for farm road

The 25km road started in 2012 may finally be completed next year Connectivity: After walking for three days, Mani, 68, from Lopokha-Phaktakha chiwog, Athang gewog finally reached the gewog center in Dogayphu. He came with two horses to receive his nephew and family and also to collect necessities for the …

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Local healers: A dubious practice, at best

Yet they’re the first port of call for sick patients, especially, but not only, in rural areas Medical: About two months ago, Som Jemo, 81, started getting severe stomachache.  But instead of consulting a medical professional, she chose to be cut around her belly with a blade. “It makes the …

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