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P’ling’s multi-car parking building opens at Nu 10 per hour

The three storey multi-car parking was built at Nu 65 million

A multi-car parking building in Phuentsholing that has a capacity to accommodate 202 cars opened since January 11 at Nu 10 for an hour. Phuentsholing thrompon, Uttar Kumar Rai, said the three-storied parking building is the first multi-car parking in the country. “We kept the parking fee nominal because we …

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Overseas programs will continue

Labour minister Ugyen Dorji

Sending youth overseas for opportunities should be an option for jobseekers, according to labour minister Ugyen Dorji. This will remain one of the government’s plans to solve unemployment, particularly youth unemployment in the country. The Minister was responding to a query on the ministry’s plans on addressing unemployment. On January …

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Nangkhar Ama’s pudenda

The cliff lies on the other side of Drangmechu along the Trashigang-Trashiyangtse highway

A crack on the cliff across Drangmechu along the Trashigang-Trashiyangtse continues to fascinate passersby today. The fissure resembles a female pudendum. The cliff opposite Jamkhar gewog in Trashiyagntse derives its name, Nangkhar Ama’s Baga, from its shape, which literally translates to the ‘Nangkhar Ama’s Pudenda.’ The tale surrounding the infamous …

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280 students participate in While (in) g Programme

A winter programme for children between seven years to 24, which began on December 28 and ended on January 11 at the Nazhoen Pelri in Thimphu saw 280 students participating in the various programs. The participants performed various activities such as poetry recitation, enacted drama, displayed arts and performed a …

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NC questions capacity of education ministry to implement TVET stream

The national council questioned the education minister’s preparedness and capacity to include Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a fourth stream for classes XI and XII. The house recommended the ministry to strengthen the existing TVET systems implemented under the labour ministry instead of starting a whole new …

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No space for mineral and chemical based industries at Motanga

Economic affairs minister, Loknath Sharma

There is space for other business and not for mineral and chemical based industries at the Motanga Industrial Park, Samdrupjongkhar. The economic affairs ministry had received 14 proposals to establish such industries and about 28 acres of the 155-acre industrial is taken. This was revealed on Friday when the economic …

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Loan deferment to help Bhutanese youth in Japan

Labour Minister Ugyen Dorji said that deferment of loan repayment was one of the best measures to help Bhutanese youth in Japan at the National Assembly’s question hour session yesterday. Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji responded to the Jomotsangkha-Marstshala MP Norbu Wangzom’s query about considering waiving off loans for Bhutanese youth in …

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Irrigation canal helps Sipsuni farmers to grow winter vegetables

Jangchub Dorji in his farm in Sipsuni

With the old irrigation canal repaired and connected to a different water source, farmers in Sipsuni village of Lhamoizingkha gewog are busy this winter. Most farmers are seen in the garden, growing vegetables. Still new in the farming, Jangchub Dorji, 52, has grown chilies, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, and tomatoes this winter. “I …

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First Internet exchange point established in Thimphu

Internet experience in the country is expected to be faster and cost saving with the launch of the first Internet exchange point in the country called Bhutan Internet exchange (BtIX) in Thimphu. BtIX is a physical Internet infrastructure through which Internet service provider and content delivery networks exchange local traffic …

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Bhutan’s population projected at 883,866 by 2047

Bhutan could be plagued by steep fertility decline for the next three decades unless some interventions are in place, according to population projections the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) released yesterday. The total fertility rate has declined from 2.5 in 2005 to 1.7 children per woman during her reproductive age in 2017.

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MHPA misses fourth commissioning deadline

Minor works like sealing the floodgates and concreting the adit (access) tunnels delayed the commissioning of 720 MW Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project (MHPA) scheduled for January 10. One of the four generating units of the 720 MW (MHPA) was supposed to be commissioned on Thursday, January 10. Each unit is capable …

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GNH in action

Dasho Karma Ura speaks at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, England

The Gross National Happiness Index was developed to help anchor politicians and bureaucrats to the long-term goals of GNH. The quantification of GNH, said the President of the Center for Bhutan studies and GNH, Dasho Karma Ura, was done in preparation for the transition where democratically elected governments could potentially …

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Chamkharchu project discussions lose track

Discussions on the benefits and disadvantages of hydropower projects at the National Assembly on January 10 overshadowed the discussions of when the government would start the Chamkharchu project. Zhemgang’s Bardo-Trong Member of Parliament (MP) Gyembo Tshering and Panbang MP Dorji Wangdi stressed the importance of the project for regional development. …

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