• Bhutan goes to the polls

    Twenty-six voters of one of the most remote villages in the country, Esuna in Lunana, Gasa will walk for two days to cast their votes at Rakashong polling station today.

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Multi-level car parking to be completed by the end of this year

The two multi-level car parking (MLCP) in Thimphu are expected to complete by September this year. MLCP I, located at Phendey Lam near the Zangthopelri complex, is 79 percent complete. MLCP II located at Norzin Lam is 87 percent complete. Chief executive officer of the construction company KCR, Kinzang Norbu, …

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Paro police await DNA analysis result to confirm rape of minor

Police in Paro are waiting for the DNA analysis result to confirm the rape of an 11-year-old speech-impaired girl. The DNA of the girl, the stepfather and the 68-year-old man, who the victim’s mother initially alleged as the rapist, were sent to Kolkata, India. Police sources said that with inconsistent …

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Bhutan achieves seven goals of SEAR vaccine action plan

Bhutan has achieved and maintained seven out of eight South-East Asia Regional (SEAR) Vaccine Action plan (2016 -2020) goals. Strengthening routine immunisation systems and services, measles elimination and rubella or congenital rubella syndrome control (CRS) is the first two goals of the action plan.  Senior Programme Officer with the vaccine …

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No major activities at Kholongchu project

With preconstruction works at the Kholongchu project in Trashiyangtse almost complete, Trashiyangtse residents are worried that there are no signs of any major activities. Some residents said the project might not materialise if concerned authorities do not push for it. “We had high expectations from the project but in the …

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Man gets 9 years in prison for incest and rape of minor

Gelephu drungkhag court last week sentenced a 42-year-old man to 10 years for incest and rape of his niece.  It is a non-compoundable sentence. However, considering that the defendant did not have any criminal record, he was given a concurrent sentence of nine years in prison. The man, who was …

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Two households to get land substitute in Mongar gewog

The members of eight households of Phosorong chiwog in Mongar gewog can collect dry leaves, firewood and allow their cattle to graze in the water catchment area. This was decided after the gup, former tshogpa, forest officials and two villagers met on August 10 to discuss the issue of private …

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Report highlights issues that deter economic diversification

Economic diversification is encountered with inherent constraints associated with being landlocked and small population in addition to institutional setbacks such as lack of policy coherence, coordination and slow implementation progress in major programs. This, according to Bhutan’s national voluntary review report of the implementation of sustainable development goals (SDG) continue …

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Bhutan has 678 elephants

Bhutan has 678 elephants roaming the wild, an increase from 513 elephants in 2011. This is according to the second edition of the National Elephant Survey. The report was launched yesterday in Sarpang coinciding with the World Elephant Day. The Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS) and World Wildlife …

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Clasping the Water and Sanitation SDG goal

Of the 23 percent of agriculture land under irrigation, mostly for paddy cultivation, 21 percent of the irrigation schemes have scarce or inadequate water supply, states the Bhutan’s voluntary national review report on the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The report stated that Bhutan’s average water flow …

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Five rescued, one dead in rafting accident

An Indian national died after a raft capsized by the Punakha’s Mochu River at around 11:30am yesterday. When the incident happened, there were six Indians on board the raft, all from Punatshangchhu Hydropower Project Authority II (PHPA II). According to Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) officials, five men were taken to …

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Out going govt. responds to DPT’s statements

At the eve of the elections, parties would be desperate to say things to catch the confidence of the people or in this case undermine other political parties, the outgoing Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay said at the last meet the press session on August 9 in Thimphu. He was …

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