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No major activities at Kholongchu project

With preconstruction works at the Kholongchu project in Trashiyangtse almost complete, Trashiyangtse residents are worried that there are no signs of any major activities. Some residents said the project might not materialise if concerned authorities do not push for it. “We had high expectations from the project but in the …

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Man gets 9 years in prison for incest and rape of minor

Gelephu drungkhag court last week sentenced a 42-year-old man to 10 years for incest and rape of his niece.  It is a non-compoundable sentence. However, considering that the defendant did not have any criminal record, he was given a concurrent sentence of nine years in prison. The man, who was …

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Two households to get land substitute in Mongar gewog

The members of eight households of Phosorong chiwog in Mongar gewog can collect dry leaves, firewood and allow their cattle to graze in the water catchment area. This was decided after the gup, former tshogpa, forest officials and two villagers met on August 10 to discuss the issue of private …

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Report highlights issues that deter economic diversification

Economic diversification is encountered with inherent constraints associated with being landlocked and small population in addition to institutional setbacks such as lack of policy coherence, coordination and slow implementation progress in major programs. This, according to Bhutan’s national voluntary review report of the implementation of sustainable development goals (SDG) continue …

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Bhutan has 678 elephants

Bhutan has 678 elephants roaming the wild, an increase from 513 elephants in 2011. This is according to the second edition of the National Elephant Survey. The report was launched yesterday in Sarpang coinciding with the World Elephant Day. The Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS) and World Wildlife …

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Parties ready to submit Letter of Intent to contest primaries

Bhutan Accreditation Council (BAC) has to date issued Qualification Endorsement Certificates (QEC) to 185 of the 188 candidates of the four political parties for the third National Assembly elections. BAC has to date issued QEC to a total of 427 applicants, which includes those for local government elections, National Council …

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Clasping the Water and Sanitation SDG goal

Of the 23 percent of agriculture land under irrigation, mostly for paddy cultivation, 21 percent of the irrigation schemes have scarce or inadequate water supply, states the Bhutan’s voluntary national review report on the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The report stated that Bhutan’s average water flow …

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Five rescued, one dead in rafting accident

An Indian national died after a raft capsized by the Punakha’s Mochu River at around 11:30am yesterday. When the incident happened, there were six Indians on board the raft, all from Punatshangchhu Hydropower Project Authority II (PHPA II). According to Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) officials, five men were taken to …

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