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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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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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