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Lo choe

WHY WE DO WHAR WE DO: Lo choe literally means annual religious practice. It is a seasonal celebration when a family gets together to make offerings to its protecting deities and have a festive gathering with its neighbours and community. Thus, it combines both a religious and social event for ...

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The pinnacle of pizza

Nomads serve up the fast food favourite for tourists at the Jomolhari base camp Just as the temperature is hovering below zero, Aum Zam, 65, moulds the flour with her stiff fingers. Zam and many yak herders from Jangothang in Soe are speeding up to bake as many pizzas as ...

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One of the best class XII results in eight years

BCSEA: Despite being mired in a paper leakage controversy, the class XII board examination 2014 result, according to officials, was the best since 2006, with 89.38 percent students passing the examination. The pass percentage is an increase of 2.77 percent from the previous year. Among the streams, pass percentage was ...

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Revenue leakage through BIT loopholes

Small and micro businesses fall through the cracks as they do not keep proper accounts Tax: One late afternoon, four officials from the department of revenue and customs (DRC) walk into a general shop at Changjiji and ask the shopkeeper for his trade license. One of the officials checks the ...

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Leak largely a rumour: BCSEA

Class XII: Despite the huge controversy surrounding the class XII board examination’s English II paper leakage, there was no clue of widespread leak, Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) officials said. “Scrutiny of papers indicated no hard evidences of leakage,” BCSEA secretary Kinga Dakpa said yesterday while declaring ...

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No plans to deploy troops for UN peacekeeping yet

Need to build capacity and experience of troops UN: While Bhutan will gradually expand its peacekeeping contribution, there are currently no plans to deploy armed troops under the UN flag. Bhutan began contributing to UN peacekeeping in September, last year. There are currently nine Bhutanese deployed with three peacekeeping missions. ...

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Picture story

Working holiday: Students spend their winter vacation harvesting wheat in Jabaa village in Mongar      

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Villagers veto private mine

Mining: After several discussions and almost a four-hour public consultation meeting, villagers of Nangkor, Pemagatshel refused to allow private mining below the village. Only six villagers gave “Yes” votes; 53 voted “No”. The villagers said that, while they understand that mining would contribute to the economy of the country, they ...

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Optional subject to be introduced for class nine

Education: Class nine students will have Environmental Science as an optional subject from this year. The subject will be introduced in class nine and eventually be offered between classes nine to 12. While it will be introduced across the country it will not be compulsory for schools to offer the ...

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Distribution of three essential drugs suspended

DRA: Health ministry’s Department of Medical Service notified all hospitals to stop dispensing three essential drugs, last week . The three drugs are calcium lactate (300mg tablets), vitamin C (250mg tablets) and omeprazole (20mg capsules). All three drugs are products of Park Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd in India. According to Drug ...

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