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Sarpang encourages farmers to grow vegetables

Winter is the season of plenty for Lhadon in Chuzergang, Sarpang. She has enough vegetables for her family as well as for sale. The mother of three is the only farmer in Pangzur to cultivate vegetable on a large scale today. She carries vegetables on her back and visits every household in the locality.

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Cash transaction still preferred over digital

Although financial institutions offer electronic and other forms of payment services, people still preferred cash transaction, forming 63 percent of transaction volume in 2018. This is despite the value of banknotes and coins in circulation, as a percentage of GDP, has remained constant over the last three years.

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Of the year gone by

The dog’s done the barking and the new dawn is upon us. Looking back, what events and milestones marked 2018? As a small nation, diplomacy reigned supreme. Strong and sustained foreign relations and close interaction with immediate neighbours is the key to Bhutan’s success. Never has this been more relevant …

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What Female Earth Hog Year has in store?

The elderly and animals will enjoy good health. While men will enjoy a happier life than women in the female earth hog year, according to predictions by the College of Astrology in Pangrizampa, Thimphu. Sonam Rinchen, vice principal of Pangrizampa College of Astrology,  said the Hog year was auspicious for …

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A contest between change and continuity 

When Bhutan went to the polls the third time, it proved the political pundits wrong again. The year of the male earth dog, which ushered in the third round of parliamentary elections, revved the country to witness one of the dramatic spectacles of the nation, the elections. A contest between …

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A vibrant monetary sector

The year of the dog marked the end of the 11th Plan and beginning of the 12th Plan. From the economic perspective, the dog was loyal. It inherited the growth, maintained it quite well, and passed it on to the hog. From about 7 percent in the previous year, 2018 witnessed economic …

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Education sector reforms

The dog year ended on, what is believed, a good note for the education sector. Bhutan witnessed a major change in policy and the government, in fulfilling one of its popular pledges, did away with the Class X cut off point that had existed for decades to screen students from …

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Picture story

President of the Bhutan Paralympic Committee, Her Royal Highness Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck, is attending the General Assembly of the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) in Dubai, UAE from February 2 – 7. The key agenda at this General Assembly is to elect the APC Executive Board Members. A total of …

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A low-key affair for the monastic body

His Holiness the Je Khenpo in Rajgir, India

The dog year did not see major religious activities in the country. Being election year, the Zhung Dratshang, religious institutions and personalities across the country chose to remain above politics. No religious ceremonies like annual Moenlam Chhenmo (Great Prayer) and other empowerment or teachings were initiated until the completion of …

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A year of roads and missed deadlines

Damchu-Chhukha bypass was completed in July last year

The earth male dog year saw the completion of much-awaited projects. Overall, the road conditions and construction issues dominated the human settlement ministry. Around May, the year saw His Majesty The King inaugurate the 77 kilometre (km) Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway. The construction of the highway began more than a decade ago …

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