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College to launch new course

The BSc programme in environmental management will begin in August this year RTC: The Royal Thimphu College (RTC) is introducing a new programme, bachelor of science in environmental management (BSc EM), starting August this year. This will be the first new course the college is offering after it started with …

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A divine intervention to prevent misfortunes

Religion: Following an increasing number of deaths in the dzongkhag, Mongar’s lam neten conducted a salang (ground breaking) ceremony and ritual was held on February 7 for the construction of a Namgyel Khangzang Chorten above Mongar Lower Secondary School in Changshingzor. The dzongkhag coordinated the event on His Holiness the …

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PHPA I completion prolonged until April 2019

If GoI approves changes in concreting methodology of dam construction by the end of this month PHPA I: If the government of India approves the slight change in methodology of the dam construction by the end of this month, the 1,200MW Punatshangchhu I will be completed only in April 2019, …

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Punatsangchhu I low on budget

Budget: The Punatsangchhu Hydropower Project Authority I is running out of budget. With the dwindling budget in its coffer, the project has taken stringent measures and is concentrating only on the critical areas to continue with project. The project has also deferred payment to government companies like the Bhutan Power …

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Local rice production picking up

Grains: Chuzagang rice will soon become available in the market. A rice mill at Chuzagang in Sarpang was officially started on April 20 last year. Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) regional manager Ugyen Choidup said that they managed to collect only 26 metric tones (MT) of rice from farmers, last …

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Inconsistent roadblock timings frustrate travellers

Travellers also say that the timings are risky as they have to rush to the next block Traffic: Commuters plying along the Thimphu-Wangdue highway are complaining about the roadblocks caused by the widening works being carried out by the Department of Roads (DoR). The problem has been compounded by lack …

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GoI commits funds to build fire fighting capabilities

AID: The Indian government has funded the construction of family and officer quarters for police personnel at a cost of Nu 76.4M. Under the Project Tied Assistance project for infrastructure development, the Indian government’s support will see the construction of 24 units of family quarters and two units of officer …

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Forest fire sparked during disposal of explosives contained

Fire: A fire that started during the disposal of explosives below the Tashigatshel RBP training center in Chukha on the afternoon of February 2 was completely contained early on February 3. The fire broke out during the disposal of explosives by Aibir Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (AIPL). AIPL is an Indian …

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Bigger rush to beat deadline this year

With only 15 days left to file returns, more than half the taxpayers are yet to do so PIT: Regional revenue and customs officials in Thimphu are expecting a last minute rush, more than seen in the past, for filing personal income tax (PIT) this year. With less than 15 …

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