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For affordable and reliable connectivity

The telecom policy replaces the Bhutan ICT policy, 2004 IT: The government will have to ensure affordable connectivity for all through the creation of a conducive environment for private investments and competition. This is one of the many objectives of the Bhutan Telecommunications and Broadband policy 2014, which will guide …

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PAC recommends a debt management Act

With external debt projected to reach Nu 258B by the end of 11th Plan RAA Report: The country’s total debt reached Nu 118.5B (billion), constituting more than 95 percent of the gross domestic product, as of March this year, the Public Accounts committee’s (PAC) report to the Parliament stated. The …

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Dialysis patients instructed on fistula care

JDWNRH: After being on dialysis twice a week for the last 11 years, Tashi Norbu, 32, recently learnt that it was not advisable to prick his wrist in the same place every time he got a dialysis. A Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer, Satoko Tanikawa, said doing that would …

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Shooting boulders kill one

Accident: A 45-year-old woman died on the way to hospital after she was hit by shooting stones in Yangmalashing chiwog in Decheling gewog on May 16. The woman and her father were walking to Nganglam, about three hours walk away, when the incident occurred. The village tshogpa said they started …

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Armyworm infests paddy in Trongsa

Outbreak also reported in Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Lhuentse and Gasa  Pest: After the first infestation of armyworm in 2013, villagers and agriculture extension agents (AEA) in Trongsa are again battling another outbreak, as it crawls from Nubi and Tangsibi in the north to Langthel and Drakteng in the south. The …

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Layaps feel let down by farm road quality

Connectivity: The people of Laya are not happy with the farm road that connects Laya with Gasa. Laya gup, Kinley Dorji, said that Layaps were particularly dissatisfied with the quality of the 26km road. The gewog raised the issue of poor road quality at the fifth dzongkhag tshogdu (DT), when …

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Sakteng seeks full access

The gewog wants the link, curtailed for ecotourism reasons, to be completed GC Road: Save for Sakteng, almost all the gewogs in Trashigang have gewog centre (GC) roads.  With work on the truncated Merak GC road kicking off, highlanders of Sakteng are also demanding the same. Today, the road connectivity …

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Taking steps to extend S/J’s landfill’s life

The lack of suitable equipment makes the facility look full before its time Waste: Barely three years after Samdrupjongkhar thromde received its new landfill, the place designed to last a decade is today already filled to its capacity. The landfill, built at a cost of Nu 6.1 million, occupies two …

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Graduates give ginger a go

In a rare reversal of the rural to urban migration, three educated youth return to the farm Agriculture: Three university graduates, Phuntsho 30, Pema Namgay, 33 and Sonam Jamtsho, 29, have started a vegetable farm below the Sarpang-Gelephu highway. They say that the number of people leaving for cities and …

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Six killed in Bolero mishap

Accident: Six people were killed on the spot after a Bolero pick up truck veered of the road and plunged about 1,000 feet into the Gamri River near Riju, Trashigang yesterday. A lone woman who survived the accident was rushed to the hospital.

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