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Gong’s farm road construction begins

Farm road: Work has begun to connect remote Gong in Gelephu with a 26 km farm road. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the road’s ground breaking on January 31, which when complete will connect all six chiwogs in Jigmecholing gewog. Plans to cut a farm road until Gong school was ...

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Fortnight-long ‘labour camp’ too short, say students

Their only gripe against the MoL-organised technical/vocational training held in the east  Blue Collar: The two-week-long technical and vocational education camp the labour ministry organised in Trashigang, students felt, was too short.  The camp was a success for students, who are on their winter break, but they felt they could ...

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Helping backyard poultry farms bounce back

Wildlife attack, competition and rising feed prices may have caused a number of shutdowns Self-sufficiency: The backyard poultry farms, which supplied most of Trashigang’s eggs in the past, are facing a tough fight from semi and commercial poultry farming the dzongkhag is increasingly witnessing. Competition in the market, frequent attacks ...

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The exotic Lhakhang Wang tshechu …

… a festival with a do-it-or-else twist in the tail subtext Martalungchu:  Martalungchu village, hidden behind a small hillock, amidst a pine forest, high above Bajothang in Wangduephodrang, is in celebratory mood. Men, dressed as women in a village reputed for women singers, are actively taking part in the four-day ...

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Zobel forest fire yet to be put out

The Lungtenphug blaze, meanwhile, was doused after two days, a record for Thimphu Disaster: A team of villagers, gewog, forest and police officials are still trying to contain a forest fire that started around 10am in Zobel gewog, Pemagatshel yesterday. The men have decided to keep a watch on the ...

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An objection to longevity

Khuruthang shopkeepers complain against hospital canteen owner’s long tenure Business: Nine Khuruthang shopkeepers have written a signed complaint letter to the Punakha dzongkhag and hospital administration, questioning the rationale behind allowing a single owner to run the hospital canteen for about 12 years. The letter that only carries the signatures ...

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Is food self-sufficiency a realistic goal?

With increasing rice imports, the deficit has stretched by 24 percent since 2012 Agriculture: With a food trade deficit of Nu 5.2B in 2013, food sufficiency still remains an arduous task for the country, as the deficit widened by 24 percent from 2012, mainly on account of increasing rice imports. ...

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Lhakhang Karpo case begins February 9

Questions are being raised about the way those involved in the case are dealt with Corruption: The Haa dzongkhag human resource committee yesterday suspended budget officer, Wangchuk Tshering, and district engineer, Tashi Gyeltshen, for their alleged involvement in the lhakhang Karpo corruption case. The committee’s decision was based on the ...

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Picture story

Rising from the ashes: Workers erect the door frame of the Kunerey (congregation hall) of the Wangduephodrang dzong yesterday. The Tshokey Lopon performed prayers during the installation.      

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