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Tsirang dratshang faces monk shortage

The Namgyal Choling Rabdey dratshang in Tsirang has 115 monks but needs 100 more

A shortage of monks in Tsirang dratshang is making it challenging for the institution to organise religious functions for several years. The dratshang is looking for at least 100 additional monks to function comfortably. The minimum number of monks required in a dratshang is 115, which the dratshang has but ...

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Darla MSS proposed to be upgraded into a central school

A Darla MSS student in his rented room

More than 25 students of Darla Middle Secondary School (DMSS) in Chukha, who come from far-flung villages, have been staying in rented houses to attend classes. Mon Bahadur Bhujel, 18, is one of them. He shares a small room with his two sisters. Two beds are crammed in the room ...

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Two go public with their HIV positive status

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck and Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck attended the event

Two women went public with their HIV positive status yesterday during an event that was held to observe the World AIDS day at the Bhutan Youth Development Fund’s (YDF) multipurpose hall in Thmphu. There are now 10 people including four women who have gone public with their HIV status. Her ...

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22 new HIV cases

Twenty-two new Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positives cases (10 male and 12 female) were detected in the last six months. This means at least three people tested positive every month. Until November this year, a total of 55 HIV cases were detected, taking the total number of cases detected since 1993 to ...

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College in Tsirang might take time: Education Minister

Education Minister Norbu Wangchuk said that establishing a college in Tsirang was difficult and might take time. This was in response Tsirang MP Kamal Bahadur Gurung’s question on the possibilities of upgrading Damphu Central School to a college. The MP said that a college in Tsirang would ensure greater access ...

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NA to adopt Anti-Money Laundering Bill today

Lyonpo Namgay Dorji

The National Assembly will vote to adopt the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017 today. The Bill was passed in the 9th session of the Assembly and was forwarded to the upper house. The objective of the Bill is to prevent money laundering and financing of terrorism. ...

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Lunana to enjoy reliable mobile services

Cellular equipment were airlifted to Lunana (Photo courtesy: BT)

With Bhutan Telecom installing terrestrial radio link at Lunana, the highlanders are expected to enjoy reliable mobile services. The installation work, which began four months ago, was completed on November 16. Bhutan Telecom’s (BT) general manager of marketing division, Penjore, said that the voice call and 2G services existing at ...

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Bhutanese breakers aim big

Street dance is gaining popularity in Bhutan. Bhutan held its first national dance battle in 2015. In the third national dance battle, an intense competition was observed with participants across the border and internationally recognised judges. The first dance studio, Gokab, also came in place with dance enthusiasts this year. ...

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Harachhu Bridge connects more than 73 households

Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck inaugurates the 60-meter span Bailey bridge across Punatsangchhu yesterday in Wangduephodrang. The bridge connects 73 households of Lawa Lamga and Rukha Samthang chiwogs in Athang gewog.

With the completion of Harachhu Bridge over the Punatsangchhu, people of Lawa Lamga and Rukha chiwogs in Athang, Wangduephodrang are now connected to a motorable road. The bridge reduces their travel time to two hours from seven. Athang gup Khandu Dorji said that people from these chiwogs could now travel ...

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Picture story

The three-day annual tshechu of Mongar ended on November 28 with the dance of Guru Tshengyed or the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche. The tshechu also saw an increase in the number of tourists.

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Trashigang prioritises unemployment in 12th Plan

Addressing unemployment issue will be one of the priorities for Trashigang dzongkhag in the 12th Plan. Set in the backdrop of the 12th Plan’s objective of just, harmonious and sustainable society through enhanced decentralisation, the dzongkhag aims to bring down its unemployment number to zero. According to the labour force ...

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Hearing and speech-impaired man sentenced for molesting child

After altering the degree of an offence committed by a 39-year-old speech and hearing impaired man to a petty misdemeanour from fourth-degree felony, Haa dzongkhag court sentenced the man to nine months in prison. The Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) charged Phurba Thinley from Dorokha for violating section 203 of ...

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