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Crying need for detox centre

A rehab unit without one lacks the necessary first step to a complete cure  Abuse: With the health ministry diverting the budget for the planned detoxification centre to build the mother and child hospital, Bhutan could already be losing its fight against drug and alcohol abuse. This development has come ...

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Fuelwood consumption shoots through the roof

Kerosene, on the other hand, has shown a steady decline over the years Resource: Over the last three years, fuelwood consumption in the country has increased almost tenfold. From just 474 truckloads of fuelwood in 2011, the consumption has sharply increased to 4,478 truckloads in 2012, and 4,108 truckloads in ...

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Swiss software company to upscale operations at IT park

IT Park: In another welcome move for the IT park, a Swiss company piloting there plans to upscale operations and form a highly skilled Bhutanese team of software engineers. The company, Selise, is a software company that develops web applications for start up companies but its major source of income ...

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Mandarin exports exceed last year’s figures

Trade: Despite frequent strikes in the bordering Indian states and Bangladesh, mandarin exports have already exceeded last year’s figures. As of last week, around 15,000 MT of mandarin has been exported to Bangladesh since November, last year. About 12,791 MT of mandarin was exported to Bangladesh between the end of ...

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FCB quarterly supply to schools to ensure quality

This reverting to an earlier system is the result of a demand from school authorities at the AEC CPS: All schools should check the quality of Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) supplied  consignments on a quarterly basis. The decision is a follow up on issues school authorities raised at the ...

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Four sentenced for armed robbery

Crime: Two minors and two students were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three and half years to five years for armed robbery by the Tsirang district court on January 23. The sentenced are between the ages of 17 and 20. They were found guilt of having robbed a group ...

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Five dzongs nominated for World Heritage list

Culture: The Wangduephodrang, Punakha, Paro, Trongsa and Dagana dzongs have been nominated for the first ever World Heritage tentative list of Bhutan, The culture department’s conservation of heritage sites division head, Nagtsho Dorji, said the UNESCO has encouraged the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritages around the ...

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Athang connected by farm road

Connectivity: More than 17 households of Zawa chiwog have been connected to the Athang gewog center in Wangduephodrang with a farm road inaugurated, yesterday. The cost of constructing the road was Nu 830,000 and was funded through the gewog development grant (GDG). The 2.7 km road was constructed by the ...

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Thromde to increase community participation to keep Thimphu clean

Waste: The thromde along with the city’s tshogpas will require Thimphu residents to conduct a cleaning campaign of different zones of the city every weekend, starting with Taba residents today. According to a thromde official, Yeshi Wangdi, the objective is to have the community participate in keeping the environment clean ...

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Five students detained for Dharina burglary

They had sold the copper from the stolen wires to two scrap dealers in Dechencholing Crime: Thimphu police have arrested five students of Dechencholing middle secondary school for malicious mischief and larceny, in connection with the theft of electrical wires in Dharina, above Dechencholing, Thimphu. According to the building owner, ...

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