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World dendrochronology conference begins in Thimphu

To provide a platform for tree ring researchers and scientists to share latest research findings and to build a stronger research network, the 10thWorld Dendro Conference began in Thimphu, yesterday. Dendrochronology is the study of precisely dated tree rings and is applied as a tool in environmental science.  More than …

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Bagpiper plays in Bhutan

Ross OC Jennings with students of Bayta Primary School (Photo: Three Wheels Co.)

In his quest to be the first to bagpipe across the globe, Ross OC Jennings was in Bhutan, the 82nd country he has travelled to since 2014. During his bagpiping journey, he plays his folk music in his kilt, knee-high socks and a white shirt. “These shoes have travelled to …

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Tsirang initiates a ban on plastic bags

Vendors were urged not to provide plastics as carrying bags henceforth to customers

With all the sector heads of Tsirang dzongkhag administration carrying Clean Bhutan’s biodegradable jute bags to the Sunday vegetable market, the dzongkhag administration has initiated to ban plastic and minimise its usage. Few students of Damphu Central School also joined the sector heads and went around explaining the damage plastics …

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Parties raise concerns over politicisation of civil service

The decision of some of the senior civil servants to join the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as candidates for the upcoming National Assembly election has raised questions on the civil service being politicised. PDP has officially declared 11 senior former civil servants as its candidate for the upcoming election. The party …

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Winter chilli production encouraging despite hiccups

A woman sorts chilli at the Centenary Farmers’ Market in Thimphu yesterday

Harka Bahadur Chawan from Tsirang grew winter chillies for the first time last year. He wants to grow more this year. “It was a good learning experience,” he said. “One of the two varieties have lasted more than four months now and, if I get this kind of seed, I’m …

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PPP, alternate source of financing

Graduation from the least Developed Countries (LDC) status would mean loss of concessional loans and grants, but capital expenditure of the country has been growing over the years. The capital expenditure is expected to increase by 5 percent in the 12th Plan on an average compared with that of the …

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JDWNRH reviews and endorses more than 200 SoPs

Since the establishment of the Quality Assurance and Standardisation Division (QASD) at the national referral hospital in Thimphu in March 2017, the office has to date recorded 60 incidences, including near miss incidents. Near miss incidents are those that have not resulted in damage or harm to the patient but …

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Thromde begins efficient waste collection in Thimphu

Thimphu Thromde has decided to reduce dumping of waste and littering in the city. Garbage trucks will be made available on time. The initiatives include maintaining the garbage trucks’ coverage as per schedule, collecting waste after office hours, and ensuring joint monitoring efforts. Environment officer with Thimphu thromde, Tshering Yangzom, …

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Dorji Khandu, the first parliament member from Laya

NC member Dorji Khandu

When Gasa elected 33-year-old Dorji Khandu as its National Council representative in April, the country got its first member of parliament from Lungo, Laya. The closely contested election made him the first resident of the highland community of Laya to enter the Parliament. “Laya gewog or the people of Goen …

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Dungsamchu bridge completed, approval for approach road awaited

Almost two years after the construction began the Dungsamchu bridge in Samdrupjongkhar is now completed. The company that built the bridge is waiting for the drawing of the approach road to be finalised and approved. Project manager, Gopal Yadav, said they are hoping to get the drawing approved soon. He …

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