• The roadblock at Box-cut along the Gelephu-Trongsa highway was cleared on July 13. DoR officials say the road is likely to be blocked again (Photo: DoR, Sarpang)

    23 highways blocked in central and eastern Bhutan

    Monsoon this year has not only disrupted road transportation but also hit domestic air services in the country. Flight cancellations due to bad weather are reported from all three domestic airports. Gelephu airport reported a last minute cancellation following unfavourable weather condition yesterday. The airport recorded five cancellations so far. 

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Samtse highway up for repair this year

Maintenance works on the highway in Samtse will be done in the next fiscal if the proposed budget comes through this session, works and human settlement minister Dorji Tshering said. The minister was responding to a question from the Phuentshopelri-Samtse MP, Ganesh Gimiray who raised the issue with two ministers …

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NA passes Penal Code Bill 2019

After days of intense debate, the National Assembly yesterday passed the Penal Code of Bhutan (amendment) Bill 2019 with 16 amendments. The Bill received 38 ‘Yes’ votes, five abstained, and one voted against it. One of the major amendments to the Bill is removing discriminatory sections on unnatural sex in …

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Export of stone aggregates resumes in Gelephu

Several trucks emerged onto the roads in Gelephu after commercial trucks resume export business to Assam

More than three weeks after export business in Gelephu came to a complete halt following the implementation of the carrying capacity rule, three commercial trucks left for Charpar in Assam yesterday. The trucks were carrying stone aggregates. Gelephu reopened its gate for export after the Department of Forest and Park …

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18 specialists to graduate next month

The shortage of specialists in the country’s hospitals is expected to ease with 18 specialists graduating next month. Of the 18, six will graduate from the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB). This is the second batch to graduate from the university after it started a Masters …

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Committee recommends special bench for corruption cases

Deliberating the Anti-Corruption Report 2018, the good governance committee (GGC) of National Council (NC) yesterday proposed the judiciary to establish a special bench to address the issue of prolonged trial for corruption cases. As of December 2018, the committee reported to the house that there were 21 cases under review …

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Addressing cyber threats in Bhutan

Between 2016 and 2018, Bhutan Computer Incident Response Team (BtCIRT) under the Ministry of Information and Communications resolved 275 cyber threats from government institutions and organisations in the country. Out of 275 incidences, 230 were related to system vulnerabilities and 26 malicious codes. The sixth annual conference of Bhutan Network …

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Opportunities in the healing centre

Pinkey Thapa, with nine years experience in teaching, decided to join the hair and beauty training at Norbu Academy of Spa after returning from her studies in the United States. She has plans to go back to the States and open a hair and beauty salon there. “I might even …

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Bali villagers face road and water problem

Vegetables grown in Bali are brought to Khuruthang market every Friday

Weekend market in Khuruthang town is filled with agriculture products from Bali village of Chubbu gewog, Punakha. Farmers carry farm produces like chillies, beans and slippery gourd, locally known as Olachuto on their back for about 45 minutes to reach the nearest road head in Serigang. Some use horses to …

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Gongdue and Chali Kha going extinct in Mongar 

Gongdue Kha, a local dialect of a remote gewog in Mongar is one of the indigenous languages that could soon become extinct. The natives of Gongdue are expected to learn other dialects easily as their dialect is intertwined with the several other languages of Tshangla, Bumtap Kha, Kheng Kha, and …

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Trongsa Ta Dzong sees more visitors

Ta Dzong (Photo: TCB)

More than 5,000 people visited the Royal Heritage Museum in Trongsa Ta Dzong this year. Officials say the number of visitors is increasing every year. Last year, more than 7000 people visited the Ta dzong. The curator, Sangay Tashi, said most visitors are tourists followed by locals. With the increasing …

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GC road blacktopping to begin for last three gewogs

Gongdue and Silambi in Mongar are among the gewogs in the dzongkhag without blacktopped gewog centre roads. Blacktopping work is expected to begin next month. Over Nu 300 million has been allocated in the current plan to blacktop GC roads of Gongdue, Silambi, and Narang. Landslides and roadblocks are the …

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Exporters explore water routes to save cost

Among the several factors contributing to the ongoing export halt of riverbed materials (RBM) from the bordering towns to Bangladesh, most issues hinge on the high cost of transportation involved. In Gelephu, stones and boulders are ferried across 281km to Nakugoan in Bangladesh. In doing so, transporters have to cross …

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