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Shopkeeper-fire victims at a loss what to do next

The temporary relief camp set up will remain in operation for just another couple of days Disaster: Days before the fire that razed half of Sarpang’s makeshift town to the ground, Ganga Raj Chhetri had stocked his shop. School was reopening soon and the business from Gakiling had stocked school …

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S/J RE project due to complete this month

Scheduled to end by 2013, the programme faced a host of problems, causing the delay Electricity: After more than a year of delay, the rural electrification (RE) project for Serthi and Lauri gewogs in Samdrupjongkhar is expected to complete this month. Although all the villages of the two gewogs are …

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Dragons take on Lions in return encounter today

Football: A draw is enough for the Dragon Boys to progress to the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.  But the national team is high on confidence to take on Sri Lanka today for the second leg of the qualifiers. Coach Chokey Nima said the team was under …

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Dolamche forest fire still on

Forest officials, police, PHPA staff, army personnel and people of Athang, Daga gewog are still trying to contain the fire that started around 8.30pm on March 15 in Athang gewog, Wangdue. The fire is suspected to have started from an electricity pole above the gewog centre road to Athangat a place …

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His Majesty graces RBP Gagsars’ Attestation Parade

POP: His Majesty the King accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced Royal Bhutan Police’s 47th Batch Gagsars’ Attestation Parade. 150 men and 50 women recruits who completed their training at Jigmeling and four men and two women cadet officers who trained at Tashigatshel Police Training Centre, presented the Guard …

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Expediting environmental clearance through dialogue

Stung by criticism, the commission springs into action to clear its go-slow image NEC: The National Environment Commission (NEC) will soon meet ministries and agencies to discuss ways to expedite the process of availing environment clearance. “We’d do this soon because there are so much confusion and complaints,” NEC secretary …

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New wings for Drukair

Aviation: Drukair’s newest aircraft, an Airbus A319 costing at least USD 40 million, arrived at Paro International airport, yesterday. The aircraft, registered as A5-JSW after the initials of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, will expand Drukair’s fleet to five aircraft, four of which are A319s and one twin propeller …

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Spike in number of Trongsa’s STI cases

Increase in population due to hydropower project may have had a hand in the spread Health: Even as Trongsa sees an increasing number of sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases, a case of an absconding HIV positive has left the health community concerned. Dzongkhag health officer, Gunja Raj Gurung, said the …

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Underpaid mask dancers skip practice

Their absence puts a cloud over the religious festival that’s only been around since 1999  Tsechu: With Tsirang tshechu in the offing, a few mask dancers, who have been practising the dances since February 24, were tense when their other colleagues didn’t turn up. Dhamal Bahadur Khapangay from Kilkhorthang gewog, …

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Old problems bog down dzongkhags

Dzongdas seek centre’s support in effort to meet annual performance agreements APA: Given the challenges the dzongkhags are confronted with, the government is a long way away from creating a favourable environment for civil servants to meet their targets and deliver quality service. Dzongkhag administration officials from Paro, Haa, Gasa, …

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