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Workouts for cyclists

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hi sir,  I cycle wherever I go. I have been living in Gelephu for a long time. Sometimes it becomes hard to cycle around, especially in summer. Can you please suggest any workout routine that I can do at home at such times? Also, what are the …

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Our New Years and Chunyipai Tshetheg

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Due to its cultural diversity engendered by geographic isolation, Bhutan has many different losar (ལོ་གསར་) or New Year celebrations. The celebrations mostly mark seasonal change and cycle of agricultural life. They consist of festivities to celebrate the autumnal harvest and occur in winter when …

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History of currency in Bhutan

Monetary reform started in 1974, coinciding with the coronation of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Finance ministry issued the first Ngultrum notes. Before the trade was monetised, barter system prevailed in the country. Rice, butter, cheese and wool were exchanged with other local produce. Almost a …

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External debt growing at 9.5 percent

Hydropower loans now account for 83 percent of INR owing Economy: The country’s stock of outstanding external debt saw an increase of 9.5 percent between June 2013 and June 2014. In three months, from June to September 2014, debt swelled to 108 percent from 101 percent of the GDP size.  …

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Lhakhang Karpo case – More heads roll

ACC has suspended three trade licenses and a CDB license of businesses involved  Update: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on January 26 suspended three trade licenses and a construction development board (CDB) license of three business entities in connection with the alleged corruption case of lhakhang Karpo conservation project in …

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Masters programme deed renewed

The University of Canberra and the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) renewed the Deed of Variation for Master’s programme between the University and RIM on yesterday. Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, who is in Australia,  signed the deed renewing the project until June 2017. The project is related to Master’s …

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Picture story

Cabbies day out: A road safety official explains the give-way rule to taxi drivers during an awareness campaign yesterday in Thimphu. (Photo: Kipchu)      

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Sephu wins claim to disputed cordyceps collection area

It was also decided that hence harvesting would be restricted to the respective gewogs Fungus: Following two days of meeting, the home minister, Damcho Dorji, Gasa and Wangdue dzongkhags resolved that the much-disputed area, Metha-Chutha and Yangu, falls under Sephu gewog, Wangdue. The first meeting was held last week at …

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Punatsangchhu-I mulls new dam construction methodology

Roller compacted concrete, a radical change of technology, would make up for lost time Hydropower: The hydropower sector is mulling over adopting the methodology of roller compacted concrete (RCC) for the dam construction of Punatsangchhu-I hydroelectric project. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, while discussing hydropower during his recent visit to India, …

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A shift of focus (and populace) to the east

Earmarking Kanglung and Nganglam as regional hubs is part of a broader development plan EDI: In a move to shift the overcrowded population from west to east, the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement is planning to develop two towns of Kanglung in Trashigang and Nganglam in Pemagatshel as regional …

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