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Pazaps, a significant part of Punakha Dromchoe

Dophu was 12 when he first became a pazap, a traditional warrior, to perform in Punakha dromchoe. He is 80 and among the oldest pazaps performing at the dromchoe today. Punakha dromchoe is a festival reenacting the war against the Tibetans in Bhutan.

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State dominated economy hinders private sectors: World Bank

The state’s dominance of the economy has not only constrained private sector development but also distorted the market, according to the World Bank. A working paper of the World Bank, ‘Bhutan Development Report-A Path to Inclusive and Sustainable Development,’ states that due to Bhutan’s small domestic market, sparse population, and high transportation costs, the risks associated with private investment are comparatively higher.

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Three women detained for battery and libel

Paro police has arrested three women after the video of a woman slapping and abusing another woman went viral on WeChat and Facebook. The incident happened on February 5 at one of the resorts in Paro where the victim works. The resort owner along with the victim filed the complaint …

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Truck damages Phuentsholing hospital’s gate

On the wrong road: A truck ferrying raw materials to Pasakha takes the roof off Phuentsholing hospital’s gate

An Indian number registered truck yesterday struck the Phuentsholing general hospital’s entry gate around 10am, damaging it completely. It dislocated the gate from the concrete. The truck was ferrying raw materials for one of the industries in Pasakha but took the wrong road. The driver, a 75-year-old man said his …

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After being without a principal for the last seven years, Kinley Dorji, 39, was appointed as the new principal of Kuenga Rabten monastic school in Trongsa yesterday. The school has about 70 monks today.

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MPs’ office relocation options on PM’s table

The National Assembly secretariat has submitted a committee report to Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering on the plans to relocate the MPs’ office to the National Assembly building. A committee comprising officials from the foreign ministry, the department of national properties and the National Assembly secretariat was formed in November …

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Bhutan condemns  terrorist attack of any nature : PM

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said he is deeply saddened by the news of the horrific terrorist attack in Kashmir yesterday where at least 40 Indian security force personnel were killed. “Bhutan strongly condemns terrorist attack of any nature,” Lyonchhen said. “Our prayers are with the grieved family and we are …

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