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Irrigation master plan by this year

An integrated water resources management plan also in the works IWRM: In the past decade, investments in irrigation dwindled affecting crop yield, especially of paddy, and led to fields turning fallow. The absence of a long-term plan was the problem, agriculture officials said. Agriculture chief engineer, Karma Tshethar, said: “We …

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Tsebar women switch from weaving to metal design

The reason being that the latter craft is far more profitable than the former Handicraft: It is 8am, a mild morning in Duwang in Pemagatshel.  Karma Zangmo, 30, helps her two children get dressed for school. She has their lunch packs ready.  As the little ones hurry out the door, …

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With sacred mask dances performed in a nunnery, Tashiphu village in Sershong, Gelephu, witnessed its first tshechu last week. The tshechu, which ended on March 1 was dedicated to prevent birth obstacles (Lo Kag) of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo. Lam Yeshi Dorji …

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Over-speeding led to Gomtu-bound bus accident

Traffic: The Gomtu bound Meto transport coaster bus, which rammed into a speeding truck and killed three passengers in Madarihaat on March 1, was over-speeding, injured passengers told Kuensel. Most of the injured passengers, who are recovering at Phuentsholing hospital, said the late driver didn’t pay heed to the passengers’ …

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Red sander wood smuggler gets three years

The court also ordered him to pay a fine of Nu 0.915 million Verdict: As the Haa valley remained covered in a blanket of snow, the district court yesterday handed over a 22-year old farmer to police after he was found guilty of smuggling 962.5 kgs of red sander wood …

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Diplomacy: His Majesty The King grants an audience to the Indian Foreign Secretary, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar yesterday in Thimphu. This is his first official visit abroad since his appointment as the foreign secretary on January 29.      

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RCSC to reassign ‘surrendered’ secretaries

The commission finds an acceptable middle path between ‘separation’ and ‘reinstatement’ Governance: Despite procedural lapses and poor judgment, the three government secretaries and the committee of secretaries (CoS), had acted in good faith on the ENERTIA allegations, the Royal Civil Service Commission’s (RCSC) investigation has found. Based on the findings, …

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Gomtu-bound bus accident claims three lives

Madarihaat: A 55-year-old driver and a 20-year-old man died on impact at Madarihaat, India yesterday, when the Gomtu bound coaster bus they were travelling in crashed into a speeding Indian truck around 3:30pm. A 34-year-old woman succumbed to injuries later at Phuentsholing hospital.

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A stunting of the national revenue

Blamed on the cooling of the economy due to a number of contributing factors Exchequer: The national revenue saw an increase of 10.2 percent in the last fiscal year recording a net collection of Nu 23.24 billion. The growth in revenue, however, fell short of the average growth of the …

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Light at the end of jobless tunnel for B.Ed. graduates

After months of running from pillar to post, there is movement to employ them at last Education: The education ministry is working on recruiting the 235 unemployed B.Ed. teacher graduates on contract, to replace the community-based teachers in phases. The decision to replace community-based teachers with trained teachers comes after …

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