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Supporting women and girls

Teachers of Trashiyangtse LSS will distribute the sanitary napkins to remote schools in eastern Bhutan (Photo: Jigme Dorji)

After World Menstrual Hygiene Day last week, the rise of menstrual consciousness also caught social media platforms, with photos and videos of people sharing about breaking taboos associated with menstruation. Menstrual Hygiene Bhutan, a page on Facebook administered by School Health and Nutrition Division (SHND), posted that as people share …

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Water shortage force farmers to transplant paddy early

Farmers are transplanting paddy early in Tsirang

Unlike the previous years, farmers in Kilkhorthang gewog in Tsirang are already preparing their fields for paddy transplantation this year. Farmers say they will transplant early this year to resolve the water shortage issue in the locality. In Kilkhorthang, paddy transplantation is done in a way to avoid disputes among …

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Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway to open today

Landslides triggered by heavy rain blocked the recently opened Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway on June 7. The roadblock is expected to be cleared today afternoon

The Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway, which was blocked since June 7, is likely to open to traffic by today afternoon, according to officials from Department of Road’s (DoR) regional office in Lingmethang. The road was blocked near the Kuri-Gongri confluence, which is 42 kilometers away from Gyalpoizhing town. Few vehicles are stranded …

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Picture story

To preserve the dying art of pottery, four youth and six women from Mencheri in Orong, Samdrupjongkhar are attending a month-long pottery training. The earthen pot maker from Gangzur, Lhuentse is training the participants. Samdrupjongkhar Initiative organised the training with support from the EU through HELVETAS-Bhutan.

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MoH allows private diagnostic clinics to conduct HIV tests

The health ministry’s high-level committee (HLC) has endorsed the technical guidance document for private diagnostic clinics to carry out HIV testing services. The National HIV/AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NACP) submitted the draft guidance document for private diagnostic clinics in carrying out HIV testing services to the 47th HLC on May …

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Darla windstorm affects 214 households

The windstorm damaged 119 acres of crops in Darla, Chukha

The windstorm that struck Darla (Tala) on the evening of May 28 has damaged 119 acres of crops, mainly corn, belonging to about 214 households, the Darla gewog office has confirmed. Assistant dzongkhag agriculture officer in Chukha, NK Acharya, said the report on crop damages have been submitted to the …

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Two vocational institutes recognised with quality in excellence

Representatives from training institutes with the labour secretary

The Technical Training Institute (TTI) in Chumey and Jigme Wangchuck Power Training Institute (JWPTI) in Sarpang received certificates of Quality Excellence Awards in Thimphu, yesterday. The institutes were awarded cash prizes of Nu 100,000 each. The recognition is part of the Department of Occupational Standards’ (DoS) initiative to encourage training …

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A monk turned entrepreneur manufactures egg trays in Sarpang

At least 86,400 trays were manufactured since establishment last month

Poultry farmers and egg suppliers of Sarpang, Tsirang and Dagana need not travel to India to buy egg trays now. This is because a former monk, Thinley Phuntsho opened an egg tray-manufacturing unit last month in Chokorling, Sarpang. He said he started the business to ease the import of egg …

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Bhutan partners with sanitation and water for all

Executive chair of SWA, Catarina de Albuquerque with the works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden

The executive chair of the UN-hosted Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) global partnership, Catarina de Albuquerque was in Bhutan recently to meet key ministries and development partners, and to be a speaker at the Third B-WASH Cluster Meeting. A press release from SWA states that Bhutan recently became a …

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New parking in Babesa to accommodate about 100 trucks

The new parking was completed about three months ago

The truck parking in Babesa, Thimphu, which was constructed recently, will accommodate about 100 trucks. Thimphu Thromde’s chief engineer, Karma Jamtsho, said that the thromde needed a bigger truck parking out of the city area. “We had an area in Babesa. We don’t want the trucks coming into the city …

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Bangladesh bound trucks complain of problems along the highway

More than 150 trucks ferrying boulders to Bangladesh were held at Fulbari, Indian border to Bangladesh after locals stopped the trucks without any specific reasons. This comes when the export of boulders to Bangladesh has increased by more than 500 percent in the last one year. Trucks were stranded for …

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