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Mongar elects new gup

Bye-election:  After three months without a gup and two bye-elections, Mongar gewog finally has a gup. The gewog elected Rinzin 49, who contested against Tharpa Gyeltshen, 31, in the second bye-election held yesterday. Of the 790 voters including 13 postal ballots, Ketongri-Themnangbe chiwog’s candidate Rinzin secured 421 votes with seven …

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Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition concludes

Exhibition: Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck officially closed the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, which was held at the Ugyen Pelri Palace grounds from April 2 to 6. The exhibition saw almost 50,000 visitors in five days, with close to 22,000 visitors on  April 4 alone. Organised on the Royal …

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Windstorm damages 792 homes

Dagana was the worst hit among the nine dzongkhags Disaster: The windstorm that swept across nine dzongkhags on the night of April 4 injured three people and affected 792 households, mostly in the southern belt, according to a preliminary report with the department of disaster management. All dzongkhags also reported …

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Progress assessment complete, compensation yet to start

After the cabinet’s termination of contract work on sections of the Dalbari-Dagapela road  MoWHS: Engineers from the ministry of works and human settlement will complete the assessment of the terminated works of the Dalbari-Dagapela road and submit a report this week. The cabinet terminated contract works on two of the three …

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Thimphu thromde to introduce online services

 G2C: In what should ease obtaining Thimphu thromde services, at least 10 of its services will become available online, shortly. The services deal with water supply, like acquiring a new connection, building construction, and sewage, among others. While the services were already developed there were not operationalised.

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Singing Google Apps’s praises

Except for the exception that proves the rule, the software has benefitted all on board  E-Governance: Tenzin Yuden started her civil service career on a typewriter.  There was no such thing as the internet then. Today, the personal assistant to the information and communications minister is one of more than …

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Picture story

The Ambassador of Denmark to Bhutan Freddy Svane called on Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay last week in Thimphu.                                                               

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A legacy of botched abortions in border towns

A spate of such cases raises the legalisation issue among medical personnel Abortion: Against the doctor’s advice and fearing that bleeding during pregnancy would result in conceiving a deformed baby, a woman from Gomtu earlier this year aborted her foetus in the Indian border town of Jaigoan. Before going across …

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Promised road fails to materialise

Roads: Villagers of Selchenmo and Hyla in Wangphu, Samdrupjongkhar heard that they would be connected by road.  So they formed vegetable cooperatives.  But the road never came. And now the farmers of the two villages say politicians, who promised them the road, lied to them.  They grow vegetables in abundance …

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Principal and whistleblower punished

While the first was found guilty of a slew of charges, the latter has been indicted for dereliction of duty Update: The principal of Ura middle secondary school (UMSS) Tshering Neema was transferred to Wangduecholing lower secondary school, after the dzongkhag administration found him guilty of illegal unauthorised expenditure, abuse …

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