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Recognising the importance of private sector participation in the development of sports Drangchu Beverages (pepsi) has agreed to support the National Basketball league of Bhutan Basketball Federation and Nub-Wang mountain bike race. They will provide Nu 595,000 for the basketball league and Nu 600,000 for the mountain bike race for three years. A memorandum of understanding was signed between Drangchu Beverages’ managing director Karma Shacha and the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BoC) secretary general Sonam Karma Tshering yesterday.   

Two students terminated

Discipline:  The discipline committee of Taba Dramtoe lower secondary school (TDLSS) in Samtse recently terminated two students “for having an illicit relationship.” The girl studying in class VI and the class VIII boy went missing on October 10. On October 13, the school discipline committee called the students’ parents to school and handed them their children’s termination order. TDLSS principal Wangchuk said they went missing after a cultural programme session in the school and had gone home only after two days. He said the school [... Read More]

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The oldest and largest bank, Bank of Bhutan Limited (BOBL) upgraded their Motithang extension branch yesterday to a full fledged branch office. The Motithang branch office located below DGPC office building will now offer full banking services unlike before when banking transaction were limited to certain amount of deposits and withdrawals. In Thimphu, excluding its Motithang branch and main branch at Chubachu, BoBL has three extension branch offices at Babesa, Changjiji and Dechencholing.    

Yangtse farmers unhappy with rice herbicide

They complain of having to manually remove the weeds this year Agriculture: As much as farmers of Yangtse gewog in Trashiyangtse are happy about a good paddy harvest this year, they are also disgruntled with the type of rice herbicide available in the market. Despite using the herbicide, butachlor 5g, in their paddy fields, farmers had to toil for extra hours to control the growth of weeds this season. Using the herbicide proved more expensive too. Yangtse mangmi, Karma Wangdi, said rice-growing households in the [... Read More]

Cordyceps revenue highest since 2004

The average price per kg has hit a new high of Nu 0.7M, compared to Nu 0.065M then Trade: The 671kgs of cordyceps sinensis, worth about Nu 469M auctioned this year is the highest it fetched since the collection of the fungus was legalised a decade ago. Although less by six kgs from last year’s collection, agriculture officials say, its the highest revenue earned to date. Department of agriculture marketing and cooperatives’ director (DAMC), Dorji Dhradhul, said the figure just includes formal trading of cordyceps [... Read More]

A cyber fraud victim seeks justice

Crime: Following a major cyber fraud case, a Thimphu electronics supply firm, which nearly lost USD 0.191m, has lodged a fraud case against its supplier in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. After almost two months, the businessman got his money, which is about Nu 11.514m in September, with the help of Interpol and  Bhutan National Bank officials’ interventions. Lorig Enterprise, which won a contract to supply computer and IT equipment to government offices, was importing supplies from Daisytek Computer LLC, Dubai for the purpose. Unlike before, [... Read More]

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Cleansing: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (centre), Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Yangsi of Lam Sonam Zangpo conducted Rio Sangchoed (mountain smoke offering) at Chelela in Paro on October 18.     

What caused the ‘swollen legs’ in Zhemgang school?

A health team is here to determine whether or not it was due to nutritional deficiency Gomphu LSS: A team of health officials from Thimphu is in Zhemgang’s Gomphu lower secondary school to investigate suspected cases of “peripheral neuropathy”. The team will come up with the result of what caused the 35 boarding students swollen legs. The health team, consisting of a dietician, two public health lab technicians, a health ministry program officer and a nutrition program officer, arrived at the school on October 17. [... Read More]

Drangmaling’s lost battle with wild boar

unnamed-19Helpless: A farmer examines her lost crop after a wild boar raid

The only straw to cling to is compensation from gewog conservation committee funding Wildlife: Every year, villagers of Dranmaling in Tsamang, Mongar only reap half the harvest spared by wild animals. With an increasing incidence of wild boar depredating their crops, villagers said the battle between farmers and wild animals has become intense.  So it has been for decades. Located about 50km from Mongar, villagers of Dranmaling mainly grow maize as cash crop. As the crops begin to mature, villagers spend sleepless nights.  It is [... Read More]

First ‘daylighting’ done at MHPA

IMG_8476Health minister triggering the blasting of the final chunk of rock between two sections of the MHPA head race tunnel

The tech term refers to the linking of two tunnel sections, in this case, adits one and two Hydropower: Marking another milestone, Mangdechu Hydro Power Project (MHPA) executed its first ‘daylighting’ yesterday with the linking of two different tunnel sections, adits one and two. Daylighting is an occasion when two tunnels or segments of a tunnel are linked.  An adit refers to a section of the tunnel. With yesterday’s daylighting, a total of 2,595m of the project’s headrace tunnel (HRT) is now completed.  The tunnel [... Read More]

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