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Too much monkey business

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Menace: Villagers of Chendebji and Nyala in Trongsa are asking travellers along the east-west highway to stop feeding the monkeys. The villagers say that feeding the monkeys is adversely affecting the two villages. Nyala Tshogpa Passang Dorji said that once the monkeys get the taste of food, it starts relying ...

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Vegetable production on the up

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As a result, exports have risen; so too have imports, mainly due to more expat workers Agriculture: Vegetable production in the country gradually increased after the country faced Rupee shortage in 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, total vegetable production saw an increase of 13 percent.  In 2013, the country produced ...

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Grassroots football to create better players

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Football: To encourage more participation in the grassroots football programme, the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) celebrated Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Grassroots Football Day at Druk School in Thimphu yesterday. A total of 17 dzongkhags in the country celebrated the day. Member Association (MA) manager, Ugyen Dorji said that BFF recognises ...

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Truckers miffed over factory maintenance shutdown

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They claimed to have not been informed in advance though plant officials say otherwise DCCL: More than 200 Bhutanese and Indian trucks were stranded for about two weeks in Nganglam when the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) could not dispatch cement after the factory was shut down for maintenance since ...

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What’s to become of the two Gamrichu projects?

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Though techno-economically viable, both encroach core areas of Sakteng wildlife sanctuary Hydropower: When Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) dug boreholes to carry out geotechnical studies in some parts of Sakteng last year, villagers assumed that the long awaited Gamrichu hydropower projects were finally taking off. Today, after about seven months, ...

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FC Terton moves closer to the title

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Beats Thimphu FC after coming from 2 goals down Football: In a dramatic comeback, FC Terton defeated Thimphu City FC 3-2 to retain their top position in the ongoing Yanmar Thimphu Premier League yesterday. After Thimphu City’s mid-fielder, Passang Tshering, scored two goals in the first five minutes of each ...

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Youth to preserve dying tradition

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Training: A pilot project to document oral histories and traditions of Thimphu began yesterday with 14 youth writers from across the country attending a two-day training called “Script Weavers”. Youth Social Cooperative (Y Co-Op), Bhutan’s first social cooperative, and Bhutan Centre for Media & Democracy (BCMD) are organising the training ...

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Construction begins for new hospital in Tsirang

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Health: Work to construct a 40-bed hospital in Damphu, Tsirang has begun with a groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday.  Information and communications minister, DN Dhungyel attended the ceremony. The new hospital, a government of India (GoI) project, will be constructed next to the existing hospital on an area of 5,000.60sqm. Lyonpo ...

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New chadi protocol in pipeline

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Etiquette: The department of culture’s driglam namzha (traditional code of etiquette) division is currently drafting a new chadi (preparation) protocol.  It is expected to be complete and ready for implementation by the end of this year. Although details were not available, head of the division, Jigme Yoezer, said that it ...

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Student trapped under fallen boulder rescued

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Accident: Dzongkhag officials and police yesterday rescued a class X student of Phuyum middle secondary school in Lhuentse who was trapped for three hours after a boulder rolled onto her hut. When the rock fell on the hut around 6.30am, she was in the kitchen preparing lunch for school.  According ...

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