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12th Plan to focus on continuous water supply for every household

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on June 2 said that the 12th Plan would focus on providing 24×7 water supply for every Bhutanese household. Over Nu 500 million were invested in Thimphu Thromde alone to ensure safe drinking water, he said. However, in Thimphu, distribution disturbances, rapid developmental activities, large and …

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Bhutan to receive 400 more power tillers

Power tillers at the FMCL office compound in Paro (File Photo)

The agriculture ministry is expecting another 400 power tillers as grant from Japan by September this year, according to agriculture officials.  Agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, said it is part of the 1,450 power tillers that Bhutan requested Japan to provide as grant in the 11th Plan. A project to supply …

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Man arrested for forging US visa documents

Thimphu police arrested a 35-year-old man on June 4 for forging a document to process the United States visa for five people including himself. Police registered the case on May 25 based on a complaint from National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC). A police official said that according to …

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Water shortage force Pam residents to stop paddy cultivation

With the water taps remaining almost dry throughout the day, residents store water in tanks

Acres of paddy fields in Pam, Trashigang, have been left fallow this year.   Owing to water shortage, the village experienced a decreasing trend in paddy cultivation in the village over the years with just about four households cultivating last year. This year the practice has stopped altogether.  Wild animals …

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Market value of shares reach Nu 28B

Share trading in the secondary market has increased by about 300 percent in the first five months this year, compared with the same period in 2017.  Market capitalisation has touched a record high of Nu 28B, an increase of about Nu 3B compared with 2017. Market capitalisation is the total …

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Elder abuse awareness day observed at Genekha BHU

There are plans to carry out the comprehensive annual health checkup in 16 other health centres

A comprehensive annual health checkup for senior citizens was launched at Genekha Basic Health Unit (BHU) in Thimphu yesterday to observe the world elder abuse awareness day.   This is part of Royal Society for Senior Citizens’ (RSSC) initiative in collaboration with health ministry to strengthen community-based elderly care. World …

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Villages in Samtse rely on stream for irrigation

Namchu villagers transplant paddy

It is time for paddy transplantation in Dorokha, Samtse. About 20 men and women of Namchu village bear the mid-day sun and work for a neighbour’s transplantation. The villagers depend on Chukhey kholcha (stream) for the transplantation. Farmers say about 60 households use the Chukhey stream for paddy cultivation every …

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Flash flood damage roads, bridges in Jarey

The flood has affected students and villagers who need to visit the dzongkhag and gewog offices

The flash flood that occurred on the evening of June 13 washed away five farm roads and two bridges in Jarey gewog, Lhuentse. This has affected students and villagers who need to visit the dzongkhag and gewog offices. Ladrong Primary School, which is located about 2kms away from gewog office, …

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RMA allows INR 500 denomination

The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) has allowed the use of new series of INR 500 and INR 200 in the country effective June 11. This was following a circular issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). However, this is subject to limit of INR 25,000 a person. Earlier the …

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Woman loses Nu 80,000 in a WhatsApp scam

A 47-year-old woman in Thimphu lost Nu 80,000 in a WhatsApp scam last week. She filed a complaint to police on June 14. According to her statement to police, she frequently received calls on WhatsApp from an international number. Despite rejecting the calls, she continued to receive the calls from …

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