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Preparedness – Bhutan’s weapon against Ebola

A total of 13,470 people were screened at Paro airport until December 28, 2014 Health: Even if one case of Ebola virus disease is reported in the country, Bhutan should declare it as a national emergency, public health officials cautioned. It’s for this reason that despite being a low risk ...

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Economic climate casts a pall over sawmill business

The housing loan restriction has been lifted but it’s yet to see improvement in business   Construction: Despite the restriction on housing loan lifted since September last year, sawmill business in Bumthang is yet to pick up. Following the Rupee crisis in 2012, several loans including the housing loan were ...

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Great Sipa-chi-dhoe kurim concludes

Religion: His Majesty the King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and members of the Royal family graced the final day of the five-day Sipa-Chi-Dhoe offering ceremony in Punakha yesterday. The Prime Minister, ministers, heads of armed forces, and senior government officials attended the event, along with about 15,000 people ...

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Only one product wins Seal of Excellence

Award: Only one of the 19 products submitted under the traditional category was awarded the Seal of Excellence Certificate yesterday in Thimphu. A total of 12 products were awarded the Seal of Quality Certificate. Besides the certificates, the winners were also awarded cash prizes. The selected products will be given ...

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Guesthouses make Gasa Tshachu viable

The affordable accommodation has made it convenient for visitors to stay there Accommodation: When Chorten, 72, from Dhur in Bumthang visited Gasa Tshachu (hot spring) recently, he did not have to carry gas stoves and tents like he did in the past. This is because the Tshachu now has seven ...

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Rice production drops in Radhi

Due to lack of irrigation water and dependence on monsoon Harvest: Unlike in the past few years, most farmers of Radhi gewog, the rice bowl of eastern Bhutan saw a drop in rice yield last year. Save for Tongling chiwog, the remaining four chiwogs of Jonla, Pakaling, Kadam and Tongshingmang ...

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Spending holidays fruitfully

About 30 students are packing oranges at a depot in S/jongkhar to pay their school expenses Vacation: Although it’s difficult to stay away from their parents and miss out the winter vacation fun, some 30 students from Wangphu gewog have chosen to take up part time jobs in Samdrupjongkhar and ...

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821 girls attend youth enrichment programme

Youth: The second Winter Youth Enrichment Programme for girls is underway in Gyalpoizhing, Mongar. A total of 821 girls from 85 different schools, from classes 6 to 12 are participating in the camp. The girls are from all six eastern dzongkhags. Minster for Works and Human Settlement Dorji Choden inaugurated ...

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Missing the nyilo greetings

While nyilo is celebrated the old way, it’is slowly fading with urbanisation Festival: The evening is cold in Wang Danglo.  But Kencho Dorji, 12, is all prepared for the long evening ahead. Drowned in a thick jumper with hood, Kencho will be doing rounds in the village singing loh-leh or ...

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