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NAPA II project identifies four critical landslides and flood prone areas

Flood protection structures along the Barsa river in Phuentsholing (Photo: Phuentsholing thromde officials)

Watershed management plans to protect Pasakha industrial area and landslide stabilisation measures at Phuentsholing have proven helpful, Phuentsholing thromde officials said.  These are part of the various project activities under the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) II project that started in 2014. The activities at Phuentsholing worth USD 4.388M …

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Mongar town faces housing and water shortage

Mongar town

The Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) resolved to ask the National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL) and the National Pension and Provident Fund (NPPF) to construct housing colonies in the dzongkhag.  This resolution came after the thromde thuemi, Namgay Peljor, raised to the third DT that housing problem in the dzongkhag …

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Samrang mega farm starts production, albeit challenges

The cattle shed at the farm

It wears a deserted look. With few homes and fewer people, locating Samrang mega farm in Samdrupjongkhar is not easy.    Recently, the forests have been cleared and concrete structures are scattered over the 800-acre land in this countryside.  A cattle shed that can house up to 400 jerseys has …

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Bhutan lottery earns Nu 20.9M in profit

A customer buys instant scratch lottery in Phuentsholing

In its first year of business, Bhutan Lottery Limited (BLL) made a net profit of Nu 20.9 million (M) last year. The lottery business paid about Nu 6.3M in tax.  BLL also announced an 11 percent dividend amounting to Nu 6.16M, officials at the head office in Phuentsholing claimed. BLL’s …

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Border gate to open on poll day for Bhutanese residing in Jaigaon

The border gate in Phuentsholing

Even with the border gate sealed on National Council poll day, Bhutanese living across the border would not have a problem casting their votes in Phuentsholing as most of them are from other dzongkhags, according to Phuentsholing drungkhag administration. The officials said that Jaigaon residents from Chukha would be allowed …

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Election officials allegedly question DPT coordinators in Tsirang

On April 9, election officials allegedly took a member of Druk Phuensum Tshogpa in Tsirang, Kalay Dukpa for interrogation and confiscated his cellphone. Kuensel learnt that the incident occurred when Kalay Dukpa, 51, was walking towards Damphu town and a Prado stopped in front of him. A police sergeant of …

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Competency-based assessment to assess students’ learning outcomes

To assess the learning outcome of students for different grades, the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) has been implementing competency-based assessment (CBA) since 2011. The Council has been introducing five percent of the board questions on competency each year and 30 percent of the board questions for …

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Man gets life imprisonment for choeten vandalism

Trashigang dzongkhag court sentenced a 34-year-old man from Ritshangdung in Kanglung to life imprisonment for vandalising a choeten in the locality. The judgment given on March 8 stated that Druptho Dorji, a farmer, was found guilty of violating section 351 (A) and section 7 (B) of the Penal Code of …

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Postal ballot facilitation booths open today

ECB will operate nine mobile facilitation booths to cater to those with special needs Voting process for the National Council election begins today with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) opening postal ballot facilitation booths across the country. The booths will remain open from 9am to 5pm for three days …

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