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Bus accident claims eight lives

Relatives of passengers who died in the Wangdue bus accident wait to claim the bodies at Bajo hospital on May 4

The last missing passenger of the Thimphu-Tsirang bus accident on May 4 was found yesterday evening. There were 24 passengers on board. Her husband, who was also a passenger, identified the body of the 26-year-old woman.

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Education City still unutilised

Four years after the former government shut down the Education City, the government is yet to decide on the utilisation of the land opposite Wang Sisina, Thimphu. The Education City whose authority is with the works and human settlement ministry has since remained idle and entry into the site locked. …

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Tea replaces alcohol in Mongar

The community’s initiative is implemented in all gewogs of Mongar today

Kidheykhar, Mongar. It is 4pm. A group of farmers are busy weeding. They break for tea. The farm’s owner, Chimi Dema serves tea as Laichang. One prefers to drink locally-brewed ara to tea. In 2011, to reduce alcohol consumption and its implications in the community, it was decided that tea would be …

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Bhutanese student commits suicide in India

A 20-year-old third year Bhutanese student studying Interior Designing in Acharya Group of Institutes in Bengaluru, India committed suicide on May 2. She was a recipient of government’s undergraduate scholarship. Indian media reported that the girl lived in the college hostel with three of her friends. She left college at …

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Five commercial banks make Nu 2.3B net profit

The country’s five commercial banks made a combined net profit of Nu 2.3B last year, according to the audited financial statements of the banks. The financial statements also show that all the banks recorded an increase in profit compared with that of 2017. Bhutan Development Bank came out of the …

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JAB to change award rules from next year

Recognising their exceptional contributions, 34 journalists from print and broadcast media received awards at the fifth Annual Journalism Awards (AJA) organised by the Journalists’ Association of Bhutan on the World Press Freedom Day (May 3) in Thimphu. English newspapers took 12 awards, including one for photojournalism; Dzongkha newspapers took five; …

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Court penalises three for failure to report crime

Tashi Dendup and his friends brutally beat up a person near the fuel depot in Chubachu, took his mobile phone and fled from the scene on September 29 last year. His friends, four of them, stood there witnessing the crime but did not report the incident to the police. In …

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Management of heritage buildings should be well integrated

Cultural landscapes are the combined works of nature and man

The protection of heritage sites and sustenance of cultural landscape has become a daunting challenge in the face of rapid development, urbanisation, and increased tourism activities in the country. According to senior architect with Department of Culture (DoC), Pema, management plan would clarify the roles and responsibilities of management partners …

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Sarpang dzong construction on track

The new dzong is expected to complete with the 12th Plan

With almost 24.9 percent physical work completed, the new Sarpang dzong construction is expected to meet its deadline of June 2023. Pre-establishment works began in September 2016 but actual construction works started in January last year. To date, of the 13 blocks, foundation works for five administrative blocks have been …

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Samtse College to start BA in social work

Samtse college of education

Samtse College of Education (SME) will offer Bachelor of Arts in Social Works (BASW) from July this year. A total of 39 Class XII graduates will be the first batch. In preparation for this course, the college held an international conference on “emerging social work practices and education,” from May …

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Country alerted on cyclone Fani impact

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has alerted disaster management and rescue officials to keep rescue and search equipment ready for possible disaster in the wake of a cyclone warning.Yang Dorji from the Preparedness and Response Division, DDM, said that there was no need for people to panic and that all the dzongkhag and gewog disaster management bodies were alerted.

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After mining companies, BFAL and BCCL face delisting threat 

The Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan Limited (RSEBL), the country’s stock exchange might shrink further with five of the 21 listed companies facing the threat of delisting. While the fate of the three listed mining companies remain uncertain after their lease period expired, the RSEBL, on May 1, suspended share …

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