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The Lhop widows who keep their culture alive

A Lhop home at Lhotokuchu Jigme

Sangay Puda rarely smiles. The 33-year-old Lhop lost her husband three years ago, leaving her with a 10-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter. Today, a drizzle has kept her away from her cardamom field and she has come to her uncle’s shop. A bright pearl necklace glows under her neckline, …

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Picture story

 As it is done every winter, people of Chuzergang gewog in Gelephu constructed a temporary bridge over the Maokhola on October 27. The bridge will benefit the people of Serzhong, Umling, Tarithang and Chuzergang gewogs. The residents say that since Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa has  pledged to construct a bridge over Maokhola, …

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Maintenance begins on Samtse-Dorokha road

A portion of road washed away between Samtse and Halhaley

Monsoon this year has left the 54-kilometre (km) Samtse-Dorokha road in a bad condition, leaving drivers and travellers irked. From Samtse to Halhaley, about 30km towards Dorokha, there are multiple stretches where blacktop works have withered and pebbles and stones exposed making it difficult to drive. About two major road portions …

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Namdu Dorji, the helicopter baby

Kinlay Dorji and Sangay Rinzin with Namdu Dorji in Thimphu

The parents of the baby boy who was born in a helicopter last week said they were prepared for him to be born preterm but had never imagined that their third son would be born in mid air. Sangay Rigzin who owns a parlour in Panbang, Zhemgang had many customers …

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DNT to announce ministerial portfolios soon 

A mid speculations on the new Cabinet, Druk Nyamrup Tshoga (DNT) is expected to reveal the names of probable ministers in its government soon. DNT’s spokesperson Dr Tandi Dorji told Kuensel that the party has identified ministerial nominees for all the ministries and that the names would be announced either today or tomorrow.

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Keeping the Rombu (the ultimate road to Gahala) tradition alive

Gahala as seen from Jigme village

For the Lhops (Doyaps) of Lhotokuchu Jigme and Lhotokuchu Singye, Dorokha, life is frozen in time through an indigenous and unique culture of entombing their dead in their own lands. The residents say that the tombs known as the Rombu hold significant value in their lives. Left as a tradition …

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High Court alters army court judgment

High Court’s bench two convicted two army officers and a non-commissioned officer (NCO) and acquitted an officer and an NCO in the DeSuung training fund embezzlement case on October 25. The court sentenced Major Tshering Tobgay to a year and seven months in prison for embezzling and forging bills. He …

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Police to charge people to court for false reporting

Thimphu police said that they would charge any person reporting false information to the court. This was after the police received two false complaints recently. On October 16, a boy filed a complaint with the police saying that he was robbed by a group of boys near Bhutan Telecom Limited …

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