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Bhutan to mark 33rd anniversary of SAARC Charter signing

To mark the 33rd anniversary of the establishment of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a thousand butter lamps would be lit at the Guru Lhakhang in Tashichhoedzong today, a press release from the foreign ministry states. Heads of the seven SAARC countries signed the Charter on December 8, ...

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Oranges fetch good price

Exporters bid at the auction yard

Low production is cited as one of the reasons In what is considered to be one of the best price oranges have fetched in recent years, the Gelephu auction yard recorded the highest price at Nu 9 a piece this year. Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited’s (FCBL) officials at the ...

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NFE centre reopens in Darla after four years

Twenty-nine women in Darla, Chukha, come together every evening. They are housewives, farmers and day labourers. The women are learning non-formal education (NFE) centre, which started few months ago after it was stopped for four years. The NFE class starts at 5pm and stretches until 8:30pm. The oldest learner is ...

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Farmers’ group maintain farm roads in Kangpara

Members of a farm road user group build a drain to maintain the community’s road in Kangpara, Trashigang

Armed with spades and crowbars, 10 men are busy constructing a drain along the Pasaphu-Pedung chiwog farm road in Kangpara, Trashigang. They are members of the recently formed farm road user group in the chiwog. This, according to the group, is their third voluntary labour since the group was formed ...

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Parliamentarians lock horns over REDCL

Lyonpo Damcho Dorji

The Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Limited (REDCL) could be used as a political tool by the government and political parties, opposition leader Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) said in the joint sitting of the Parliament yesterday. During the deliberation on a performance audit report on the erstwhile Business Opportunity and Information Centre ...

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800 graduates pass civil service examination

The RCSC has vacancies for 429 graduates Of the 957 university graduates who appeared the 2017 Bhutan civil service examination (BCSE) in October, 800 scored 50 percent and above to get through the examination. The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) declared the results yesterday. RCSC officials said 429 graduates would ...

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Explosion injures man in Pantang

A 39-year-old man from Pantang in Zhemgang was airlifted to the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) after he was injured in an explosion yesterday morning. According to the health assistant of Pantang basic health unit (BHU), Samba Dorji, the man suffered a blast injury. “He suffered severe injuries ...

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Development activities threaten White Bellied Herons’ habitat

457 black-necked cranes were recorded in Phobjikha last year (File photo)

Forest fires, fishing activities, road construction and vehicular movement are some of the potential threats to the survival of White Bellied Herons (WBH) in the country. Tsirang’s forestry officer, Chhimi Dorji, who carried out studies to assess the WBH habitat in Punatsangchhu and Harachhu in Wangduephodrang last year, said that ...

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Phobjikha residents support black-necked crane conservation

A majority of Phobjikha residents support conservation of black-necked cranes. According to a study on conservation of black-necked cranes and its perceived tradeoffs in Phobjikha Valley, 75 percent of the 222 respondents in Phobjikha agreed conservation of the cranes while 27 percent felt that interference due to conservation was not ...

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Longer waiting time for patients at JDWNRH

The Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital

RAA found that doctors on-duty arrived late and left as early as two hours before the closing time The average waiting time for patients at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital’s (JDWNRH) medical out – patient department (OPD) was observed at 1 hour 38 minutes and general OPD at ...

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