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Bhutan home to 25 white-bellied herons

White-bellied herons at Tshaidang

Bhutan recorded 25 critically endangered white-bellied herons (WBH) this year, an increase by one, indicating that the country is rich in biodiversity and its habitat intact. A nationwide WBH population survey, 2019 conducted from March 2-6 found 16 individuals in Punatsangchhu basin, six in Mangdechhu and its tributaries, one in …

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AM with PM: A dialogue with the Prime Minister

The programme began with the Supreme Court officials yesterday

To improve communications across all sectors, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering yesterday initiated the AM with PM programme with the Supreme Court officials. “It is imperative that people and all agencies understand the intentions of the government. Important decisions have to be conveyed, misperceptions cleared and policies elaborated,” the prime …

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The Chairperson and the four members of the Royal Civil Service Commission completed their five-year term as the second Commission on March 29

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Windstorm causes havoc in eastern Bhutan

The Sunday storm damaged more than 33 structures in Trashigang

A late afternoon windstorm destroyed over 60 residential and public structures in Mongar and Trashigang on Sunday, March 31. The damage to the affected households in two dzongkhags was immediately assessed and affected families received support from the respective disaster management sector yesterday.

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Waste entrepreneurs and their challenges 

The national waste entreprenuers

A waste management firm in Paro, Druk Waste Management, received a call from a shopkeeper a month ago. It was after 6pm but since the woman said it was an emergency, the employees of the firm attended the call past their working hour. An employee, Ratan Guring, said the woman had stacks of expired juiceboxes for disposal. Since …

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Man gets life sentence for setting ex-wife alight

A 27-year-old single mother succumbed to injuries she sustained after her ex-husband set her alight. After battling second degree burns to half her body for more than a month Kencho Wangmo died on October 23 last year at the national referral hospital. She left behind a three-year old daughter, who …

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Villagers hope for permanent bridge in Chhuthana

Temporary: A wooden bridge over Amochhu at Chhuthana

With the recent rainfall in Samtse and the impending monsoon, villagers of Ngatse and Thangdokha under Gakidling Gewog in Haa are worried about the bridge over Amochhu at Chhuthana. The temporary wooden bridge connects Ngatse and Thangdokha to Samtse-Haa highway. People said the bridge could be washed away anytime and …

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LPG shortage continues in Gelephu

Despite the shortage, there are no takers for the available non-subsidised LPG

The regional liquid petroleum gas (LPG) outlet in Gelephu has run out of subsidised LPG cylinders for the second time since March 23. The shortage of subsidised LPG continues even after the resumption of the monthly 120 metric tonn (MT) of LPG for the regional outlet from March. To read …

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A sad prospect after 19 years with NFE

Only 50 percent completes the NFE course

In 2001, Sonam Zangpo from Zunglen in Mongar dropped out of school to work as a non-formal education (NFE) instructor. The 37-year-old NFE instructor runs a small grocery shop to support his family during the day and goes to teach his nine adult learners in the evening in Zunglen Primary …

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Students learning without understanding

Curricula of the country’s education system need a major overhaul if findings of the recently released Bhutan PISA-D national report are any to go by. The report calls for strengthening and enhancing competency based activities and assessment in curriculum and recommends teacher-training colleges to incorporate competency-based teaching and learning modules in pre-service training programme.

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Mangdechhu project spins a turbine

The testing of the first generating unit of the Mangdechhu hydropower project was successful. Managing director of the project, A K Mishra said the testing was done to record the rotation per minute (RPM) and possible vibration and noise on March 30. “We recorded 375 RPM. It was very successful,” …

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ADB to support health facilities manage waste in eight dzongkhags 

To manage waste effectively, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) would support health facilities in eight dzongkhags through grants in the 12th Plan. Programme analyst with Infection Control and Medical Waste Management Programme with the health ministry, Pem Zam said that an ADB project would support health facilities to build the …

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