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The Secretary General SAARC, Amjad Hussian B Sial (Right), who is on a visit to Bhutan, met the Chief Executive Officer of SAARC Development Fund, Dr Sunil Motiwal at the SDF Secretariat in Thimphu on May 30.

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Local machines make farming easier

An Agriculture Machinery Centre official demonstrates the potato digger that is attached to a power tiller during a field day for farmers at Changka, Paro yesterday

Wangmo is one of the last to harvest potato in Changka village, some kilometres away from Bondey farm towards Thimphu. Fields nearby hers are transplanting paddy and almost completed. But Wangmo is least worried. “I can finish harvesting potato in about two days,” Wangmo said scanning over the potato fields …

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2nd national STEM Olympiad sees 15 entries from schools

The Olympiad opens to public today

Aimed at improving the livelihood of farmers, a model of an eco-friendly alarm system powered by energy made from dung and tamarind mixture was presented at the second national science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Olympiad in Thimphu yesterday. A team from Nima High School made the device. The circuit …

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Towards breaking menstrual taboo  

Students of Wangbama Central School in Thimphu joined the rest of the schools across the country to observe menstrual hygiene day on May 28. (Photo: Sherab Tshering, VP, WCS)

When schools observed menstrual hygiene day on May 28, inhibition and disposal facilities were some of the common challenges associated with maintaining menstrual hygiene. Laya Central School’s health coordinator, Gyem Tshering, said that to encourage staff and students to break silence on menstruation, the school principal initiated donation to buy …

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Finance Minister, Namgay Dorji inaugurated a new fuel depot in Dangdung, Langthel gewog, Trongsa on May 25. The depot is expected to benefit residents of lower Trongsa, who have to otherwise drive more than 50km to Trongsa to refuel their vehicles and refill LPG cylinders. Commuters between Trongsa and Zhemgang …

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Deposit base of the banks touch Nu 109B

The total deposit base of banking sector increased from Nu 97B in 2016 to Nu 109B in December, up by 17.6 percent. The Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) financial sector review report attributed the rise to Nu 12B increase in current and saving account, which constituted 54 percent of the total …

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JDWNRH revamps its parking space

The parking space is currently closed for public vehicles because of the construction work

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu will build a mortuary, a canteen and a gym for staff at the basement of the hospital. The basement is currently used as parking space. Medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr Gosar Pemba, said that part of the parking space was never …

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Thimphu thromde looks into opening five community libraries

To address the space congestion at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Public Library, Thimphu thromde is looking into the possibility of establishing five small libraries across the thromde. The public library is 39 years old. Thimphu thrompon, Kinlay Dorjee, said the thromde also plans to establish about five small libraries each …

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Soldier detained for alleged rape of a minor

Sarpang police has detained a 46-year-old non-commissioned officer (NCO) of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) from Wing IX in Pelrithang, Gelephu, for an alleged rape of a nine-year-old student. An RBA official said that the soldier was court-martialed as soon as they learnt about the case. He said the accused …

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Dying cardamom plants worry Darla farmers

Turning brown: A cardamom orchard in Darla

Farmers in Darla, Chukha, are worried as the green cardamom plants, their main cash crop,  are turning brown and white. Although it is time for the plants to bear fruits, they said that the spice is not bearing any fruit this year. A farmer, Tshering Tempa, from Gengu village said …

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B-Pop show held to promote creativity

More than 20 artists performed at the Nazhoen Gokab’s B-Pop show

To promote creativity among artists, more than 20 artists performed at the first ever Nazhoen Gokab’s B-Pop show on May 29 at Lugar Theater in Thimphu. The show began at 2:30 pm with performance from Gokab dancers, followed by a series of songs and raps by different artists. The theatre …

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Wangdue dzong reconstruction touches another milestone

May 29 will be etched in the canals of Bhutanese history. Coinciding with Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana, His Majesty The King graced the installation of the Sertog (golden pinnacle) on the Utse (central tower) of the Wangduephodrang dzong yesterday. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, National Council Chairperson Tashi Dorji, health and home ministers …

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