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A good year for potato growers

With both price and harvest improved, potato farmers from across the country who bring to auction the produce at Phuentsholing auction yard are happy this year. Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) auctioned double of what was auctioned last year. It auctioned 23,996 metric tonnes (MT) of potatoes worth Nu …

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Chudzom farmers lose 50 percent of crops to rodents

Most farmers have harvested their paddy

Farmers in Chudzom of Sarpang dzongkhag, who are harvesting paddy these days, are disappointed with the yield. The residents of one of the remotest gewogs in the dzongkhag claim they have lost more than half of their yield to some giant rats. They said rats infested the field and damaged …

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Towards a well-tempered Bhutan

An integrated development strategy with affordable housing and greener cities were highlighted as key means to create a well-tempered Bhutan at a two-day conference that ended on November 8 in Thimphu. Over 100 officials came together to discuss issues pertaining the urban cities today at the conference. Jonathan FP Rose, …

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Merak PS gets warmer classrooms

Schools can be difficult places in the highlands, especially in colder months. In Merak Primary School (MPS) in Trashigang, however, installation of heaters and panelling has made classrooms snug home of activities for children. Bhutan Foundation and Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) did the installation of heaters and classroom panelling. With …

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Age should not be the barrier: Labour minister

The new labour minister, Ugyen Dorji, 32, is the youngest member of the Cabinet in the country’s history. “I felt happy and privileged. I did not expect to be on the list. It is a wonderful opportunity to contribute my bit to nation-building,” he said. “But I am always prepared to …

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Picture story

More than 2,500 monks from various religious institutions across the country have left for Rajgir, India to attend the week-long moenlam chhenmo (the great prayer ceremony) presided by His Holiness the Je Khenpo beginning November 12. The monks were ferried in 46 buses from Phuentsholing on November 7 and 8

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International conference to discuss quality and patient safety

Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk and health minister Dechen Wangmo launched three books at the inaugural session of the conference yesterday

More than 200 participants, including international delegations from United States, Australia, Sri Lanka, Norway, India, South Korea, and Japan are expected to attend the fourth International Conference on Medical and Health Sciences in Thimphu. During the inaugural session of the two-day conference at the Royal University of Bhutan’s convention hall …

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“We will ensure politics will not divide the country”OL

The Leader of the Opposition Party receiving an orange scarf is in itself a call for unity in the aftermath the elections, most Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) supporters say. The leader of the Opposition, Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) said he is deeply humbled and overwhelmed by the trust and confidence His Majesty …

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P/ling records 95 cases of substance abuse this year

Police in Phuentsholing arrested 99 people and registered 95 cases relating to substance abuse this year. Police sources said the number increased from last year and most cases are related to Spasmo Proxyvon Plus, commonly known as SP+. The recent case was reported on October 30, where a college student …

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“I have to put the nation’s need first” Speaker

After serving in the education ministry for more than two decades, educationist Wangchuk Namgyel was recently elected and appointed as the National Assembly Speaker. The Speaker said he wants to get acquainted with the staff and understand the working system in the National Assembly Secretariat. The current position, he said, …

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