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Japanese coach takes over national team

Football: Two-legged World Cup qualifying match-winning coach; Chokey Nima has been replaced by a Japanese coach as the head coach of the national team. The new coach, Tsukitate Norio taking over the national team was announced yesterday. Tsukitate Norio, 55, who coached the Bangladesh national women’s team prior to his …

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Jachungs and Jaguars face off in finals

A-League: Fourth seeded Jachungs will take on Jaguars, seeded sixth, in the finals of the Pepsi “A” league basketball championship at the swimming complex today. Jaguars knocked out two top seeded teams of the league, Pazaps (seeded one) and Phojas (seeded three) on its way to the finals. Jachungs had …

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What will it take to civilise us?

A four-part attempt to ferret out the distinctive features that validate an educated person Part II Don’t be taken in by the red herrings of refinement BEFORE GETTING to grips with the real deal, shall we first put the pretenders in their place?  Show them up for the phoneys they …

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One highway dropped, another deferred

Both are  ADB-funded southern east-west highway projects  Roads: For security reasons, the government has deferred the constructions of the 68.3km Nganglam-Dewathang highway (NDH) indefinitely, and aborted the 98km Lhamoizingkha-Sarpang highway. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) was financing both the projects. For the Nganglam-Dewathang highway, ADB has completed the project preparatory …

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Fishing for FDI

Govt. to be selective about sectors in which foreign speculation would be invited Investment: Despite the government’s renewed thrust to fish foreign direct investment (FDI), it also admitted that the quest to emerge among the top 100 on ease of doing business ranking remains uncertain. Ease of doing business index …

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Elusive snow leopard sighted at JDNP

Wildlife: A rare sighting of three snow leopards stalking their prey was made at the Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP), earlier this month. While camera traps have been able to capture images of the elusive snow leopard, the last human sighting of a lone leopard was made in 2007. A …

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Japan government commits 29 ambulances next year

Grant: The Japanese government has committed Nu 89 million for the procurement of 29 ambulances, which the health ministry will receive in March next year. The Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) secretary, Sonam Wangchuk, and the chief representative with JICA Bhutan, Yumiko Asakuma, signed a grant aid agreement for the …

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Porter-pony charges revised

This despite the fact that the earlier contract period has not been completed Tourism: Giving in to the demands of the horse contractors in Paro, porter pony charges for tourism activities and services were revised on March 5, even though the three-year contract they had signed with the Association of …

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Shoddy pipework leaves Pam PS high and dry

The contractor has been accused of not properly preparing the groundwork Water: Soon after a new water source was constructed for Pam primary school (PPS) last year, the water pipes started to break resulting in an acute water shortage for months. The school blames it on the shoddy work carried …

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Misgivings over new Jaldaka Bailey bridge

The authorities concerned, however, aver that such fears are unfounded and misplaced CDCL: People in Bara are skeptical about a bridge that has been constructed over Jaldaka river that connects Sipsu’s two gewogs Tendu and Bara. The 160-foot bailey bridge, which was completed in November 2014, Bara villagers claim, is …

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