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Horticulture projects popular in the country

Fruit processing is one of the initiatives taken in ARDC Mongar

Over 12 commercial farming projects have begun in the eastern region of the country today with technical support from the Agriculture Research and Development Centre (ARDC), Wengkhar in Mongar. The centre that began as a five-year Horticulture Research and Development Project (HRDP)- Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Bhutan has proven beneficial for …

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Aku Tongmi: A song for Bhutan released

Aku Tongmi’s wife, Phub Lham,97 attends the book release

The influx of western music and rapid development, which has led to the decline and disregard of traditional music especially among the younger generation, is a concern for Music of Bhutan Research Centre (MBRC). To preserve and promote traditional songs in Dzongkha among children, the centre launched a children’s music …

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Number of White Bellied Herons decline

Conservationists and bird watchers are worried by the increasing disturbance of prime White Bellied Heron’s (WBH) habitat and feeding site at Phochhu in Punakha. The site was declared as an Important Bird Area in 2014. WBH is a critically endangered bird species. Bhutan is home to about half the world’s …

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Health ministry to roll out PCV from January 2019

Health ministry will administer pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) through the routine immunization service by January next year. PCV is one of the three new vaccines that were launched in June this year. Senior programme officer with the vaccine preventable disease programme, Tshewang Dorji Tamang, said the preparation was underway. He said the training …

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Gedu police detain two for rape of a minor

Gedu police have sent the blood samples of a 19-year-old student and a 25-year-old farmer to Thimphu for a paternity test of a month-old child. A 16-year-old student is the mother of the child. Gedu police stated that the blood samples were sent on November 20 for DNA analysis and …

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2017 best year for tourism yet

The country received 37,994 international tourists as of September this year generating revenue of USD 48.7M. This is according to the statistical bulletin of the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA). Last year, the country has received 71,417 international visitors and the revenue earned was USD 79M, the highest arrival and revenue …

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Man sentenced to 9 and half years for rape of minor

The High Court’s Bench I yesterday sentenced a 22 year-old man to nine years and six months for rape of a minor. The defendant and 16-year-old girl submitted to court that it was consensual sex. The victim also submitted to court that she does not need any compensation.  The case …

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JICA reconstructs four bridges along Gelephu-Trongsa highway

Four bridges along the Gelephu-Trongsa highway will be reconstructed with wider carriageway width and higher load carrying capacity. The four bridges are Telegangchu bridge, Beteni bridge, Samkhara bridge, and Passang bridge. The project worth over USD 17 million is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Telegangchu’s site manager, …

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CE enrollment decreases

According to the annual education statistics, Continuing Education (CE) enrollment has decreased by almost 40 percent after 2017. This, according to the report, could be attributed to the success of the programme in terms of its coverage in the last twelve years. Education ministry started the CE programme in Kelki …

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Yonphula domestic airport sees more passengers

Yonphula airport is the only in the country that allow oneway landing and takeoff

Described as one of the most challenging airports in the world, the Yonphula domestic airport in Kanglung, Trashigang is witnessing an increasing number of passengers lately. Many people availing the service were frustrated following numerous last minute cancellations due to unfavourable weather conditions since the airport reopened in November last …

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