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Less rainfall dries up cardamom production in Tsirang

Under a canopy of cardamom orchard in Gosarling, Tsirang, Damanta Thapa and her son are engrossed harvesting cardamom.  Gosarling is one of the hottest places in Tsirang and cardamom ripens earlier than other parts of the dzongkhag. Damanta says she is late to harvest while her neighbours have already dried …

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The cooperative failed but its founder hasn’t given up

Tshering Lhamo and her farm

Two years ago, a group of farmers, 13 women and two men, formed a cooperative in Umling, Gelephu. The group members made ginger candies and banana chips, raw materials for which are easily and abundantly available in the locality. The group, however, couldn’t function properly even for a year and …

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Seven SEAR countries recognised for public health achievement awards

The heads of delegations of seven South-East Asia Region (SEAR) countries including Bhutan received the public health achievement awards during an event at the 71st session of the Regional Committee (RC) in New Delhi in India on September 4. Interim Advisor to the health ministry, Kinley Yangzom received the awards …

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Breaching the Maokhola bridge promise

Residents of Umling return home after attending a campaign meeting in Sarpang

As it happens every election time, Maokhola has become a subject of discussion for the people in Gelephu these days. With candidates and party workers recognising the need of the people living on the other side of the river, everyone promised the residents of Serzhong, Chuzergang, Umling and Tarithang gewogs …

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When you contest together, you eat together

Common forum for the Athang-Thedtsho candidates ended yesterday (Photo: Election officer)

For the candidates of Athang-Thedtsho constituency in Wangdue, it does not matter how they question and critique each party’s ideology and pledges. Once the common forum concludes, the candidates come together to share their meals. As Athang-Thedtsho constituency’s last common forum session came to an end yesterday, the candidates of …

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Different ideologies but serving the same nation

The last common forum in Paro will be held on September 9

Despite minor glitches during the common forum, all four candidates’ friendly disposition was what grabbed the attention of the people and officials alike at the Lungnyi gewog centre in Paro yesterday. Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s candidate Chencho Dorji said they started sharing their meals and eating together since the start of …

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ECB exempts party leaders from common forums

Except for party presidents and vice presidents, attending common forums for political candidates for the primary round is mandatory for all candidates, according to the Election Commission of Bhutan. But the commission has also considered cases where some candidates for unavoidable circumstances were unable to attend the scheduled common forums. …

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