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Self-sustenance a distant dream for thromdes

All dzongkhag municipalities are empowered to levy taxes and fees Township: An increase in urban taxes is on the cards, but will it enable thromdes to be self-sustaining? The thromdes, in principle, should be self-sustaining, but the existing four thromdes have not been able to meet current expenditure from the ...

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Kumchi’s thirst soon to be quenched

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Water: The eighteen households of Kumchi village in Phangyul will no longer have to worry about shortage of water.  The drinking water scheme at long last is coming to the village. Water will be brought from Zhochalung, 19km from Kumchi village.  The project began 10 days ago with a low-key ...

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Udzorong dairy cooperative riddled in problems too many

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Milk: Just like the dairy cooperatives in other parts of Trashigang that are struggling to survive, the Udzorong dairy cooperative has also soured. Management issues and lack of cooperation within the members has forced the cooperative to temporarily suspend collection of milk. The cooperative’s accountant, Yeshey Tenzin, said few members ...

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As you sow, so shall you reap

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As an exercise in self- sufficiency and improved diet, the school agriculture programme is becoming a huge success COVER STROY: The sky is overcast with a mix of clouds and smoke from the forest fire.  The surrounding hills echo with the faint rumbling of thunder.  It is a gloomy day ...

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Domang/Zungdue

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Domang is a collection of many important short sutras. It literally means ‘many sutras’. It is also known as Zungdue or a compendium of zung or dhāraṇī texts. Dhāraṇīs are mantra spells and very cryptic and formulaic texts which are believed to have special powers ...

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“You have all the time in the world for exercise”

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hi Sir, I’m an office goer and like all the office goers I don’t have much time in my hands to hit the gym. Is there any simple exercises that I can do in my cubicle to burn some extra calories without bothering my co-workers? What are ...

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The Wangsisina farm experiment pays off

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Civil servants/corporate employees try their green thumbs at agriculture with success IATF: For almost a year now, Sonam Penjor, a civil servant, has not spent much on vegetables. After acquiring two plots of land, which spans about 14 decimal at the Integrated Agriculture Technology Farm (IATF) in Wangsisina, Sonam Penjor today ...

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All central schools to be granted autonomy

MoE clarifies on entitlements due to day-scholars as opposed to boarders Education: Allaying confusion over who are entitled to free amenities in central schools, education ministry officials clarified that day scholar students were not eligible for free uniforms and bedding. Just as for boarding students, the need to also provide ...

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Construction of dam begins

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The PM installed the sa-chu-bum-ter to signal the laying of the dam foundation  PHPA II: Calling it a milestone achievement for Punatsangchu hydroelectric project authority II (PHPA II), the project will start constructing the dam with the foundation laying ceremony conducted yesterday. Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay installed the sa-chu-bum-ter signalling the foundation concreting ...

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Inflation in February up by 0.23 percent

Prices: If decreasing fuel prices decelerated the inflation rate, the increase in price of vehicles slightly surged it last month. In January this year, the Indian government withdrew the excise duty concession on Indian car manufacturers.  This, coupled by increased production cost, has resulted in increased cost of cars in ...

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