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Exploring alternative energy for domestic use

With hydropower facing many challenges, alternative renewable energy could come as a rescue. As of today, hydropower remains the main source of energy. The country’s energy is completely dependent on rivers, which could pose challenges to energy security because of climatic changes, seasonal variations, and natural disasters. To read more, …

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BTO inaugurates Chabto

Chabto is a toilet for those who can’t go to toilet (Photo: BTO)

Bhutan Toilet Organisation (BTO) inaugurated a user-friendly and portable toilet called ‘Chabto’ in the office of the Royal Society of Protection of Nature (RSPN) at Kawajangsa in Thimphu on August 24. BTO’s executive director, Passang Tshering said the name ‘Chabto’ is derived from the small containers used as a night …

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Children park in Trongsa remains unutilised

Children park in Trongsa

With most equipment broken and no maintenance done, the children park in Trongsa remains unused. The two-unit toilet in the park compound has no water connection although it just located next to the Truepangchhu. To read more, please subscribe by registering at

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Labour DG implicated in overseas employment programme

After almost a year of investigation and waiting, the Director General (DG) of the labour and human resource ministry, Sherab Tenzin is charged for four offences under two different overseas employment programme in Japan and India. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) yesterday filed the case in the Thimphu …

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Bumdeling gup imprisoned for 12 years for rape of a minor

Trashiyangtse dzongkhag court yesterday sentenced Bumdeling gup Mani Wangda to 12 years in prison for the rape of a child above 12 years. The gup, who is 46-years-old and a father of five, was found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl on July 3 when her parents were away from …

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Bhutan achieves Hepatitis B control among children aged five

Bhutan achieves the 2020 control target of ‘less than or equal to one’ hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) sero-prevalence among children aged 5 years. Bhutan is one of the first four countries in the region to reach the 2020 target ahead of time. The Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Region (SEAR), …

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Close friend of Bhutan, Tim Fischer, passes away

Tim Fischer

Former deputy prime minister of Australia and a close friend of Bhutan, Tim Fischer passed away on Wednesday, August 21.  He was 73. A statement his family released stated that he died on Wednesday night, surrounded by those closest to him, at the Albury Wodonga Cancer Hospital, Australia. After successfully …

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Age old tradition becomes a problem in Sembji

Sembji village

Perched on a slope overlooking Mangdechhu, Sembji is a small village of 20 households in Trongsa. As the nearest village to Trongsa town, it has all the basic amenities like a farm road, electricity and mobile connection. The small village is, however, divided into the threps, who are the taxpayers and zups (who …

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Lack of female health worker is problem for women in Maelongkhar

Mealongkhar BHU needs a female health worker

Many BHUs in the country still do not have female nurse and that means female patients are reluctant to avail themselves of the critically important services from such health centres. In Yalang in Trashiyangtse, Maelongkhar BHU (II) does not have a female nurse. But the BHU in Thragom, give hours’ …

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Bondeyma Industrial estate taking shape

Plot allotment is expected to begin soon

Plot allotment is expected to begin at the much-awaited Bondeyma Industrial Estate in Mongar. Following the application announcement, the Department of Trade and Industry made last month, 20 promoters, all from Mongar have submitted their application to the regional trade and industries office in Monger. To read more, please subscribe …

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Yalang farmers depend on Sichuan pepper

Buyers come from as far as Samdrupjongkhar

Sichuan pepper is a popular spice in Namthey and Yerphey, the two remote villages in Yalang, Trashiyangtse. The sharp and pungent flavour of the spice has to be added in every local dish. And, in Yalang, the pepper (locally known as gee) grows naturally and abundantly, even in the maize fields. …

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