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Preliminary hearing of lhakhang Karpo case held

For almost two hours the charges against seven of the accused were read out  Corruption: In a small courtroom filled with eight defendants, three bench clerks and two prosecutors from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the Haa court drangpon, Duba Drukpa, presided over the preliminary hearing of the …

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Three local rice grains go on sale at FCB outlets

Agriculture: The agriculture ministry, in collaboration with the Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd. (FCBL), launched the commercialisation of three new varieties of local rice at the FCBL outlet in Changzamtog, Thimphu, yesterday. The new varieties are the local maap, local kaap and ‘improved varieties’.  The local maap includes au maap, …

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Celebrating arts and culture

Fest: Bhutan will see its arts and artistic works rise to new height after Bhutan Arts Festival, an event scheduled as part of the first Annual Bhutan International Festival (BhiF) from February 14 to 23. The event will celebrate creativity and artistic talents. Galleries in Thimphu will exhibit works of …

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Short-term trainings for architects and engineers formalised

MoU: Reaffirming the objective to provide short-tem training to engineers and architects in the ministry, the works and human settlement ministry and the College of Science and Technology signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday. The short-term training will build the engineers’ technical capacity, and help address the long-term sustenance …

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Learning from Malaysia

Homestay owners see room for improvement for the same service in the country  Homestay: More than a decade after it first started, homestays in Malaysia serve as a niche product for tourists to experience Malaysian rural lifestyle. Records with tourism and culture ministry show that there are 172 homestay clusters in …

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Serving mountain people

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Bhutan have enjoyed a fruitful partnership for more than 30 years. Recently, we celebrated our deepening engagement by organizing a Bhutan-ICIMOD Day in Thimphu. In Bhutan, ICIMOD is engaged in a number of areas prioritized by the government. We have a …

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Making that trip to Bhutan all the more memorable

PATA: Bhutan is working on having better roads, two helicopters and 11 trekking routes to ensure that guests, who visit the country, live a journey they can cherish throughout their lives. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay made these announcements and more at the closing of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) …

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Two-day forest fire awareness campaign ends in Thimphu

The programme, conducted by forest officials and desuups, will be held next in Paro from Feb. 26 to 27   Disaster: Briefing had just started at the forest fire awareness campaign at the fire station in Thimphu on February 5, when forest officials and volunteers had to rush to contain …

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Thromde demolishes five structures on govt. land

Thromde: More than two decades ago, Nudungmo’s husband bought a small piece of Land in Changzamtog, Thimphu from his friend Chimi and started constructing a hut. But before he could finish constructing the hut, he passed away, and the burden then fell on Nudungmo’s shoulders. Along with four other huts, the …

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Ex-addict creates the first Bhutanese dessert

The story of a youth who made a successful turnaround from the skid row of drugs  Profile: Tashi Penjor, a tall, young and handsome youth, walks into Ambient Café in Thimphu.  It is 3.30pm and the evening sun is pale against the walls of the buildings on the other side …

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