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Lyonchhoen calls on PM Modi

Visit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay called on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10, soon after he landed in Ahmedabad, India. The two Prime Ministers discussed matters of mutual interests on tourism, hydropower, mining, education and cooperation in areas of security. Lyonchhoen also visited Sabarmati Ashram, once the residence of Mahatma …

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From quota system to empowering women

Until the election Act is amended, focus on capacity building Politics: The focus at the moment, when it comes to women in politics, will be on capacity building and creating a conducive environment for women to enhance their participation rather than introduction of a quota system. Works and human settlement …

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Whoever leaked English II will be traced and punished: PM

BCSEA board to decide within two days Education: The government will trace every student, teacher or government official that was involved in leaking the Class XII English II paper and penalise them, the Prime Minister said yesterday. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said regardless of the decision the BCSEA board takes; the …

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Losing history by the by

Records: In a dank, dark and dusty room at Changlingmethang National Stadium in Thimphu, thousands of government documents are rotting. Rodents and roaches are making a fare out of them, shredding narrative lines of the nation’s development history into a million useless pieces every day. Why and how do government …

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OAG to prosecute Lhakhang Karpo case soon

Ministers question media’s intention of raising the issue in the FM’s presence Update: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has taken more time than necessary in prosecuting the Lhakhang Karpo case, where foreign minister Rinzin Dorje, then the Haa dzongda, was alleged for abuse of function and authority, according …

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No guests in Tang’s farmhouses

Poor advocacy and lack of cooperation from tour operators and guides are attributed for the no-show Tourism: None of the 15 households in Tang, Bumthang, which opened farm house/home-stay since 2011 has seen a single tourist despite over 60,080 tourist arrivals until 2013 in the dzongkhag. According to the chairman …

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Broiler farm running dry

Poultry: Some 11 farmers from Phuntshothang, Pemathang and Samdrupcholing in Samdrupjongkhar gathered last year to start broiler farms. Today, after their first production, farmers are worried about business sustainability. The 11 farms produced 700 kilograms of meat. In the next line of production, the farm will produce about 1,500 kilograms …

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1,993 vehicles imported in five months

With or without tax revision, import of vehicles continue to rise Imports: About 13 new vehicles hit the roads everyday after the government lifted the ban on import of vehicles since last July. Records with Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) show that a total of 1,993 vehicles were imported …

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GNH is gaining momentum

Mega GNH events scheduled in the country in October GNH: If the attraction to Gross National Happiness (GNH) at international conferences is any indication, momentum for GNH has gained pace. Executive director of GNH Centre in Bumthang, Dr Saamdu Chhetri, is busy preparing for a “GNH mission in Europe” where …

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Farm road to ease life in Tongling

SDP: With the budget for Tongling pam-Kharangpagpa farm road approved, villagers of Tongling chiwog in Radhi gewog are looking forward to a better life. Government of India, through its small development project (SDP) has committed Nu 3M for construction of a farm road that would benefit about 80 households of …

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Through the lens of the young

A volunteer group train students in basic photography Photography: Jigme Wangmo, 15, a student of Jampeling higher secondary school from Trashigang had never held a sophisticated camera before. It was the first time she fiddled with a Canon DSLR camera during the photography workshop that is being conducted in Thimphu. …

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Tradition at risk

Textile: Days are getting colder. This is the time of year when women in Radhi, Trashigang are fully engaged in weaving bura (raw silk) ghos and kiras. Radhi is known for exquisite bura textiles and traditional dyes. However, not many women in Radhi weave. There aren’t many women left. Education …

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