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HM appoints Dasho Ugen Chewang as DHI Chairman

Dasho Ugen Chewang (Photo: RAA)

His Majesty The King yesterday appointed former Auditor General Dasho Ugen Chewang as the new Chairman of Druk Holding and Investments Limited (DHI). “Dasho Ugen Chewang brings in a wealth of leadership experience and proven ability to lead DHI and its companies forward,” a press release from DHI states. Dasho …

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Agriculture gets a boost but…

A power tiller a chiwog, was one of the popular pledges, especially among the farmers, that supposedly lifted the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to power in 2013. The party identified agriculture as one of the five jewels in the 11th Plan mainly to improve food and nutrition security through a …

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Changrabandha-Burimari border to remain open on Fridays

Starting yesterday, Fridays are now exclusively open for Bhutanese exports at the Changrabanda-Burimari border. Ever since trade between Bhutan and Bangladesh started in the 1980s, Fridays remained closed at the India-Bangladesh border Changrabandha-Burimari. Trade activities were also not allowed. Bhutan Exporters Association’s (BEA) general secretary, Tshering Yeshi, said Friday is …

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Political parties confirm their candidates

Save for Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), all the other three parties have finalised their 47 candidates. Political parties must submit a tentative list of candidates along with the letter of intent to the election commission to be eligible to contest the primary. Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) was disqualified to contest …

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Removal of flash flood debris to complete by September end

The flash flood on July 22 lasted for about an hour

Trashigang dzongkhag administration awarded the work to remove muck and debris left by the recent flash flood in the town to a private contractor on July 26. Given the limited number of machinery and other resources, the dzongkhag administration decided to outsource the work to local contractors with adequate number …

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Dry monsoon hits Dagana farmers

Paddy fields parched for irrigation in Dagana

Dagana, which usually receives rainfall at this time of the year is seeing no rain. Farmers of Tseza and Khebisa gewogs say they are hit hard by drought this year. They claim they were only able to cultivate less than half of their wetland. A farmer in Tseza, Passang Lhamo, …

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Picture story

A teacher at Tshochen Primary School in Lhuentse, Thinley Tobgay, released his first romantic fiction novel, Under the Same Sky, on July 21 in Thimphu. The 26-year old author is from Trashiyangtse.

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Roads sector, a work in progress

To empower gewogs with manpower and resources, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pledged to blacktop all gewog centre (GC) roads.  The government has today blacktopped 176 GC roads, achieving 85.9 percent of the pledge. While 26 GC still require blacktopping, three gewog centres – Soe, Lingzhi, and Lunana do not …

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