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Let the people decide

Resolving the issue of meat/alcohol during rituals and last rites will warrant popular support Culture: Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu on March 26 decided to consult the people first on whether the use of meat and alcohol during rituals and funerals should be discontinued. Drepong gup Sangay Tenzin raised the issue, saying …

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Shingkhar road construction to be contracted out

The latest in a series of delays is due this time to an inability to supply local labour Road: Construction work on the 11km Shingkhar gewog centre road (GCR) in Zhemgang has again hit a speed breaker, after the gewog informed the regional road office that it was facing difficulties …

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Forest fire doused by divine intervention

Disaster: The Tsirang dratshang on March 27 sought divine intervention to help combat the forest fire that has raged for the past five days. Tsirang dratshang’s Lam Neten Wangdi said that they held a daylong prayer ceremony to appease the rain gods that blessed them with heavy showers that day …

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Archers’ wings clipped to protect Monal pheasants

Use of the bird’s feathers as fletches on arrows banned to save the endangered species Wildlife: Archery may be the national sport of the country but when it comes to the strict conservation policy of the government, the national game has to compromise. The Bhutan indigenous games and sports association …

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In remembrance of Nyikems’ past

The Royal Textile Museum hosts a display entitled “In the Service of our Kings” Exhibition: With his bura marp kabney or red scarf swaying slightly with each step, Dasho Botokarp, aided by an attendant and a walking stick slowly shuffled along the stone slab courtyard of the Royal Textile Academy …

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Less than a week to reduce pollution

Some factories might not meet deadline and face possible shutdown NEC: Pasakha and Bhalujhora industries in Phuentsholing have less than a week to reduce emissions and put control measures in place, according to the agreement they signed with the National Environment Commission secretariat (NECS) last November. If the problem is …

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Nakha farm cooperative finally takes off

Agriculture: For the first time, farmers of Nakha village came together yesterday to plant potatoes on 20 acres of land at once. The farmers were from 11 households in Nakha, Sephu gewog, which is about 98km away from Wangdue.  They belong to a farmer’s group, Samdrup Tshongley Detshen, which is …

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Taps run dry in Rizor, Udzorong

Water: For the last three years, almost half of the 250 water taps built in Rizor chiwog in Udzorong, Trashigang have been running dry. The taps were built in 2008 through the rural water supply scheme.  Water supply to Udzorong was disrupted, when pipes connected to the source at Namtaladrang …

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Changjiji open-air gym inaugurated

At the opening, the health minister urged the community to use and take care of the facility NCD: With the opening of an open-air gym at Changjiji, the colony now has a complete set of facilities for all age groups. To promote healthy lifestyle and help address the rising non-communicable …

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Stone-pelting patient treated then arrested

Crime: Following a complaint from the Health Help Centre (HHC), Changjiji police has detained a 34-year old man from Tsirang for pelting stones at an ambulance on March 25 near Hongtsho. The incident took place around 11am after the ambulance picked the man from Dochula following an emergency call.  The …

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