• Light at the end of hydropower tunnel

    After considerable hiccups, controversies and surprises, hydropower projects in the country are envisaging a light at the end of the tunnel.The hydropower cooperation between Bhutan and India has resulted in fruition of four hydropower plants and a power generation of more than 2,100MW.

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Kawang gewog awaits LAP implementation

About 60 percent of the total land in the gewog is wetland

Without the feasibility of converting wetlands to dry in Kabesa, North Thimphu, people are requesting for immediate implementation of local area plan (LAP) on the drylands. This, according to Kawang gup Thukten Wangchuk, is because people now have given up their hopes of converting the lands. They waited for a …

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Grandfather of orphans didn’t solicit adoption

Two students of Pelrithang Middle secondary School in Gelephu are orphaned after their mother died recently. They had lost their father four months ago. The paternal grandfather is taking care of the children in Zomlingthang village, Gelephu gewog. According to the grandfather, Sha Bir Majhi, the children are aged about …

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Mother charged for abandoning newborn

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged a 21-year-old woman from Gase Tshogom in Wangduephodrang to Punakha dzongkhag court for abandoning a newborn. The suspect was staying with her sister in Lobesa when the incident occurred. Investigation revealed that she delivered the baby inside the toilet and threw the …

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Inside the model school farm

More then 300 schools across the country engage in SAP activities

Expanding over 55 acres of land with favourable climatic conditions, Damphu Central School (DCS) in Tsirang is successfully implementing the school agriculture programme (SAP). Students, both day scholars and boarders, work as members of ‘houses’ in particular land, which is divided amongst them at the beginning of the academic year. …

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Picture story

Thousands of people attended the Thimphu Lhamoi Dromche yesterday at the courtyard of the Trashichhodzong 

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Two sentenced in fraudulent INR repatriation case

Thimphu dzongkhag court’s criminal bench II sentenced a former Druk Punjab National Bank (PNB) employee to three years in prison for fraudulent repatriation of Indian Rupee (INR) from 2012 to 2014. According to the October 2 judgement, the former senior executive of Druk PNB, Kinley Penjor, from Goensa in Toebisa, …

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A declining print media in Bhutan

There are seven newspapers in the country today

It was a good run for the print media in the country. After about three decades, it is just about over. Declining of newspaper circulation and closing shops is a global trend. The scenario is no different at home. Newspapers have been slowly dying and circulation is in a downward …

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Rape and fear in Paro

Paro, Friday, October 4. Here the fear is palpable. Everyone knows, but no one wants to speak. So, not a single body, quite by circumstances, is in the know.  This is Paro today, weeks after the brutal rape of an eight-year-old girl on September 19. Paro perhaps has never seen …

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Houses damaged in fire

The house that was recently constructed

A fire in Denchi Khoyar in Gomdar gewog, Samdrupjongkhar, razed two houses, one of which housed a grocery shop, to the ground yesterday morning. No casualties were reported. However, the victims lost all their belongings to the fire. Sources said the fire could have started around midnight. This was because …

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Zurps invoke fundamental right’s clause to defend

In the case between the two categories of residents of Semji village in Trongsa, representatives of the ten households (the Zurps) are now invoking the Constitution to argue their case. They submitted during the rebuttal on Thursday that the Threps could not impose local taxes or force them to participate …

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Action plan to set standards in budget hotels

All budget hotels in the country would have to follow a basic standard from January next year. An action plan has already been developed. Senior tourism officer with the Tourism Council of Bhutan, Karma Tenzin who developed the plan during a month-long training in Japan, said that while international tourist …

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Rangshikhar to get an ECCD centre next year

There are 13 children ready for ECCD

Four-year-old Tshering Dendup is ready to join children  of his age in an early childhood care and development (ECCD) centre but there is no such facility available at Rangshikhar in Trashigang. The people of Rangshikhar have been requesting for an ECCD centre since 2016. Today, the village has more than …

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