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Teachers undergo crash course in integrated farming

In pursuance of the broader national goal of food self sufficiency Training: Come the new academic session, students of Tshaphel lower secondary school (LSS) could have a dairy and fungiculture farm of their own. This is what the school’s agriculture focal teacher, Tashi Tenzin, who is among 20 teachers from …

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A lhakhang for Changjiji housing colony

Religion: The National Housing Development Corporation is building a community lhakhang in the vicinity of the Changjiji housing complex and residents said there is already a community bonding happening. Construction started in November last year, and some residents are contributing labour while some are planning tokha (free lunch) for the …

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Changangkha lhakhang – The light at the end of the tunnel

The popular pilgrim spot, plagued by poor infrastructure, will soon see much-needed improvements Heritage: Human faeces lie spread across the floor of the only toilet at Changangkha lhakhang.  Visitors who use the toilet have to be careful about where they step.  Visitors can also be seen walking away from the …

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A malady called rural-urban migration

“If something is not done in the next 5-10 years, I can foretell that the dzongdas of the eastern dzongkhags will have to be referred to as dzongda of Mongar wildlife, or dzongda of Trashigang wildlife etc., because there will be no humans left in the villages – except wild …

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Urban poor at higher risk to climate change

Conference: Rapid urbanisation could be a major hurdle in Bhutan’s attempt in addressing climate change, if the current trend continues, international climate change experts said. While Bhutanese population is predominantly rural, 69 percent, the urban population has been accelerating rapidly and is projected to increase even faster. From an estimated …

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Inadequate fuel supply irks Dagana residents

Fuel: Residents of Dagana are frustrated that they have to either fill up their vehicles with fuel stored in jerry cans or travel up to 47 km to fuel their vehicles in Dagapela. In a small fuel station in Dagana fuel is stored in two plastic barrels with a capacity …

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Umsang – A village of yathra-weaving women

A centre, first set up by YVIA, and later constructed by YDF, has helped transform lives Lifestyle: Leading a village life as a single mother of two school-going children is difficult for Lhamo Yuden of Umsang village in Chumey, Bumthang. Lhamo has been a single mother for the past 10 …

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Govt’s indecision will cause irreparable damage: DPT

English II: The opposition party says that the government’s decision to not reconduct Class XII English II examination is the case of national administration and governance failure. “Having known about the leakage, the government has failed to act promptly and decisively. The most desirable and correct thing would have been …

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Wheelchair ramp to allow disabled to visit Memorial chorten

YIDDD/BCMD: A ramp will be constructed to allow mobility-disabled individuals to circumambulate the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Memorial chorten. Conceived by a youth, Dechen Rabgyel who is the leader of the social justice committee, the ramp will constructed from the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) to the chorten …

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BAFRA officials dispose seized goods

Food: Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) officials in Wangdue, on January 16, seized and disposed off grocery items and beverages that had well passed the best before date. Officials said the expired items were seized during a routine inspection conducted in Bajo, Chazam, Phobjikha, Gangtey, Nobding, and Tikizampa …

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E-cars – Nobel laureate seeks action now

here’s not much time, feels (Dr) Pachauri, to make the moves needed to counter climate change Conference: While the government’s electric car initiative did receive flak when it was revealed, top climate change scientist and Nobel laureate, (Dr) Rajendra K Pachauri, welcomes it. The chairperson of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate …

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ESP has flopped, says opposition

The figures are not encouraging: growth has plunged to a new low of 2.05 percent Meet the Press: The Nu 5B economic stimulus plan (ESP), launched with much hype and urgency did no good to the economy, the growth of which is wallowing in all time low of 2.05 percent. …

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A missed opportunity

Garpang landowners throw a spanner in the planned transmission line works BPC: Frequent power blackouts in Bumthang will not go away, now that the construction of the 33-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, worth Nu 11.406m, from Garpang via Lamai goenpa to Dawathang in Bumthang has been shot down. The decision was …

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