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A fire that broke out yesterday morning below the BBS tower at Sangaygang, Thimphu was contained by evening. Both the helicopters joined DeSuups, foresters, armed forces, and volunteers in dousing the fire. Another fire above Royal Thimphu College and Talakha was still raging as of yesterday evening.

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Main focus of NC will be 12th Plan: Deputy Chairperson

The National Council’s spokesperson Jigme Wangchuk has said that the 12th Five-Year Plan would be the main focus area of the 22nd session that will be held from January 2 to 23. The House will assign the 12th Plan report to a committee for review and to come up with …

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Education ministry to establish a premier school for STEM

The education ministry decided to establish a premier school for Science, technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during the 19th education conference held in Phuentsholing last week. It also decided to carry out an in-depth study to develop an action plan for the establishment of the premier school. During the conference, …

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Towards making Bhutanese houses earthquake resilient

Full-scale tests would be conducted on retrofitted composite masonry buildings around March next year

A full-scale static test was conducted at Department of Culture (DoC) in Thimphu on December 28 to check the strength of buildings. This was done as part of a project titled ‘Evaluation and mitigation for seismic risk for composite masonry buildings in Bhutan’ that aims to preserve the existing stock …

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Doksum residents receive final deadline to shift to the new township

The existing Doksum town in Trashiyangtse

Residents of Doksum in Trashiyangtse will have to relocate to the new Doksum township by the end of next year. The dzongkhag municipal office sent the final deadline to the residents following requests for an extension from the public. According to the municipal officials, the residents were supposed to move …

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GC road blacktopping to begin together

Under the Common Minimum Infrastructure (CMI) programme, roads and budget will be identified before blacktopping gewog centre (GC) roads, Human Settlement Minister Dorji Tshering, said. At the Friday meet on December 28, minister said that there were 22 incomplete roads today. He added that the government after discussion with Gross …

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The long walk to school 

Sangay and his friends walk for almost two hours to school

It is dusk in early December. A class one student, Sangay and a group of children are walking home from school for more than an hour, treading the road that snakes through a dense forest. They try to hitch a ride on every vehicle that zooms by them. Not today. …

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Hydropower generation increases following recent snowfall

The season’s first snowfall on December 18, 2018 has good impact on Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), said managing director of DGPC Dasho Chhewang Rinzin. He said that there was an additional hydropower generation of at least four million units between December 18 and 20 from the rain and snow …

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Northern East-West Highway widening works still incomplete

Widening works on the Northern East-West Highway, which was to have been completed by the end of 2017, is still under progress and not likely to complete soon. Although the works and human settlement minister, Dorji Tshering, during the December 28 Friday meet, assured that except for one contractor, the widening …

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Lifts services in buildings do not meet safety requirements, BSB

While lift in multistoried buildings is a firsthand technology in the construction sector in the country, only 25 percent of the lifts installed in the country comply with the Indian standards. The point is Bhutan does not even have a lift standard of its own. Where the lifts are to …

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BEO must refund Nu 3.832M to students: ACC

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has asked the labour ministry to compel Bhutan Employment Overseas (BEO) to refund translation fees amounting to Nu 3.832 million (M) to the 511 students sent to Japan through the “learn and earn” programme. During the investigation, a report of which was released recently, the ACC concluded …

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