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Dungse Garab Dorji Rinpoche is presiding over the ongoing Baza-Guru Dungdrup and Tshog-Bum at Yadhi high school, which is being organised to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The prayers, which end on February 10 is being organised by the Yadhi Tshogchen from Ngatshang, Mongar.        

Class XII results declared

Breaking: The class XII results were declared this afternoon. In Arts, Sonam Tshomo of Mothithang higher secondary school (HSS) secured first place with 89 percent, followed by Bikash Rai of Jakar HSS and Dorji Yangzom of Ugyen Academy both of whom scored 83.5 percent. In third place is Leki Tshering of Damphu HSS with 80 percent. In Science, Jambay Kinley of Ugyen Academy topped with 91 percent. Jigme Wangmo of Pelkhil HSS got second with 88.75 percent, followed by Pema Selden also of Ugyen Academy [... Read More]

Maximising budget utilisation

The bane of underutilisation is blamed on local governments, which in turn point the finger at bureaucratic red tape Notice: What could be the reason for many government agencies to return a substantial amount of unused budgets to the finance ministry at the end of every fiscal year? According to the finance ministry, the issue of underutilisation [of budget] is a serious concern and the heads of agencies concerned will be held accountable. “Persistent underutilisation of budgets may also affect subsequent years’ budget allocation,” says [... Read More]

Foreseeing sub-regional economic cooperation

Meet: Bhutan, Nepal, India and Bangladesh opted for a quadrilateral meet for the first time on January 30 to discuss areas of cooperation in water resources including hydropower, transit and connectivity. Although the meeting reached no concrete decision, the director general of department of hydropower and power systems, Dasho Yeshi Wangdi, said it was a good forum to discuss various areas of cooperation to ensure economic development in the sub-region. “Although many things were discussed in the SAARC forum, the implementation was quite slow, because [... Read More]

Three ‘gifts’ per gewog

All 205 gewogs to get power tillers, electric fencing and centres with a farm shop each this year MoA: All 205 gewogs in the country will be provided with power tillers, electric fencing and gewog centres with a farm shop each by this year, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji said. Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji said the ministry has decided on providing three important things to address people’s need every year.  This year, he said, the ministry is emphasising labour shortage, lack of market to sell farm products [... Read More]

Halfway there

The country is well on track to meet its annual vegetable export target of 7500MT Agriculture: Bhutan is halfway to meeting its annual vegetable export target of 7,500 metric tonnes (MT) by 2018. Agriculture department records show, vegetable exports have almost doubled in the past three years from 2,088MT in 2012, to 3,710MT in 2014. The earnings from vegetables exports, mainly to India, have more than doubled, from Nu 36M in 2012 to Nu 86.8M last year.  In 2011, Bhutan sold 973MT that fetched Nu [... Read More]

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This earth moving equipment broke down and blocked traffic for over two hours at Pelzomlum, near Thinleygang on the Wangdue-Thimphu highway yesterday morning.     

First wildlife clinic inaugurated at Taba

DSC_3896More than 60 animals are treated annually in Taba

Four more, at Gelephu, Trashigang, Trongsa and Samtse, are in the pipeline WCD: To provide timely and reliable health care to injured wild animals, agriculture ministry’s wildlife conservation division opened a wildlife clinic and laboratory at Taba on January 30. While the clinic will treat injured and diseased wild animals, it would also conduct research and experiments to avoid zoonotic diseases from spreading to humans during treatment. Facing the unit is an enclosure where injured animals will be kept for about two weeks during their [... Read More]

APA integrity success indicators to be revised

Institutional delivery will also be a target in the next annual performance agreement Midterm: Success indicators for national integrity and anti-corruption strategy in the annual performance agreement (APA) will be revised, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay told dzongdas during the mid-year review. “I’ll sit with anti-corruption commission (ACC) to work out an efficient method to gauge implementation of national integrity and anti-corruption strategy in APA,” lyonchhoen said. One of the objectives of APA, the implementation of national integrity and anti-corruption strategy, is used to gauge the degree [... Read More]

More security called for around sewerage tank neighbourhood

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Residents have grown nervous after a recent vicious mugging incident Border: The border belt close to the sewerage tank neighbourhood in Phuentsholing has started to become unsafe, with residents calling for some security for the safety of both locals and those across the border. On the evening of January 21, two elderly men, who were on a regular evening walk, were attacked by two unknown miscreants.  One of the men, in his early 80s, was beaten unconscious. The miscreants from across the border had jumped [... Read More]

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