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Practical emergency logistics training conducted

The training focused on installing Mobile Storage Units and operating it as an Emergency Logistics Hub (Photo: UN Bhutan)

A total of 21 participants from the Royal Bhutan Police, Disaster Helpline and Communication Unit, DeSuung, Food Corporation of Bhutan and Fab Lab Bhutan attended a four-day Practical Emergency Logistics Training last week. The World Food Programme and Department of Disaster Management organised the training as an initiative for Emergency …

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Amochhu Bridge becomes a tourist attraction

Visitors from across the border

The 175-metre Amochhu Bridge has become a new favourite tourist spot for people from across the border, including locals. The unique feature of the 3D-parabolic semi-through steel arch bridge, the longest in the country, and the scenic beauty are some of the reasons why tourists are attracted to the spot. …

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A pair of hands, too many mouths to feed

The cook’s 80-year-old vision impaired father lives in a temporary shed below his hut

Unlike many parents, who look forward to the winter vacation, a time to be with their children, a resident of upper Kheng in Zhemgang is worried. For the 49-year-old man, who works as a school cook, winter vacation means extra mouths to feed on his meagre salary, as his children, …

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The season’s first snowfall

Thimphu residents visit Kuenselphodrang yesterday to enjoy the snow

Western, northern and central parts of the country with elevation above 2000 meters were covered in a blanket of snow, the first this winter season, yesterday. The first snowfall of the year was recorded on January 24 in Haa and Gasa. The National Centre for Hydrology and Meteorology (NCHM) had …

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Snowfall, an auspicious sign for farmers

Farmers believe a snowfall will be a sign of good yield

While the season’s first snowfall yesterday may have caused most public services to come at halt, farmers took it as a sign of good yield and production.  Soe gewog’s gup in Thimphu, Kencho Dorji, said today it is rare to witness snowfall. “It is a symbol of auspiciousness. White symbolises …

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Tsirang to boost bamboo plantation

At least 200 saplings are raised at the forestry division’s nursery

In what could be a slightly different approach, Tsirang will focus on large-scale bamboo plantation this year. The initiative will begin from the Social Forestry Day on June 2. This was one of the discussions at the recent Dzongkhag Tshogdu. Dzongdag Pema said the country today depends heavily on bamboo …

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Volunteers collect 433 kgs of waste from national day celebrations

Clean Bhutan volunteers load the garbage

Samtse was cold and marshy yesterday. But for the 30 volunteers of Clean Bhutan, they had work to do. After the 111th National Day celebrations on December 17 were over, the tendrelthang (astro turf) below the Samtse dzong was not itself anymore. More than 30,000 people had strewn garbage all over …

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Atsara lochoe, the main entertainment at Trongsa tshechu

While entertaining, the atsara lochoe is also a ritual to ward off evils and misfortunes

The only change in Trongsa tshechu, according to residents who witnessed the festival in rain and cold yesterday, was the guests for the mock ritual of the atsaras. Known as the atsara lochoe, the ritual is held during the stag and hound dance, following all the processes of an annual ritual conducted at homes. …

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The most spectacular national day yet

Students of Samste perform a dzongkha dance

It isn’t even two in the morning. Waking up from the sidewalks where for the lack of accommodation facilities most people who had come from far-off villages of Samtse had to put up through the night, people rush to the gates of the celebration ground. Too many people; not enough …

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ECB and BBS honoured on National Day

ECB commissioners receive the Druk Thuksey medal on behalf of the commission

His Majesty The King awarded the institutional Druk Thuksey Institutional Award to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) yesterday in Samtse. Chief Election Commissioner Chogyel Dago Rigdzin, and election commissioners Deki Pema, and Ugyen Chewang received the award on behalf of the commission. The citation for the award reads thus: “Since its establishment in 2005, …

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Picture story

Over 400 Bhutanese in New York celebrated the National Day on December 15 with cultural programmes. The United Bhutanese Association of New York organised the celebration.

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