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Thimphu-based Bhutan International School of Hospitality and Tourism (BISHT) on June 8 adopted the Thai Temple and the surrounding area. The institute conducted a mass cleaning of the place and it will conduct cleaning activities at the place on a regular basis.

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Thimphu thromde working to reduce organic waste at source

Residents of Dechencholing Dangrey community learn about organic compost (Photo: Thimphu thromde)

Thimphu Thromde is promoting organic composting to minimise organic waste at source and to reduce pressure on the landfill. Thromde officials teach individuals and institutions about organic composting mostly during the weekends. The initiative started at the colonies of Royal Bhutan Police, Royal Bhutan Army, national referral hospital and schools …

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P’ling court alters child molestation case to sexual harassment

Phuentsholing drungkhag court, after altering the child molestation charges to sexual harassment, sentenced a businessman to 10 months in prison on June 5. Office of the Attorney  General (OAG) charged the man, Ashok Subba, who owns a restaurant, for child molestation alleging that on November 8 last year, he molested …

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Inter-faith chanting held at Kuenselphodrang

Monks from the Zhung dratshang perform the Zhanag ngacham during the interfaith chanting at the Kuenselphodrang on June 9. The chanting is a part of the yearlong celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of India-Bhutan diplomatic relations.

As part of the yearlong celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan, Thuendrel: Inter-Faith Chanting was organised at Kuenselphodrang on June 9. The event began with the lighting of the lamp by Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The …

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Gol building to be demolished

Demolition of Gol building is expected to begin any time soon

Fifty years ago, a building was constructed in Phuentsholing, which became one of the most iconic buildings in the town. It is called the gol building (gor chim or round building). Today, it stands tall, strong, and still houses many families. The six-storied edifice has lived up to its name …

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World dendrochronology conference begins in Thimphu

To provide a platform for tree ring researchers and scientists to share latest research findings and to build a stronger research network, the 10thWorld Dendro Conference began in Thimphu, yesterday. Dendrochronology is the study of precisely dated tree rings and is applied as a tool in environmental science.  More than …

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Bagpiper plays in Bhutan

Ross OC Jennings with students of Bayta Primary School (Photo: Three Wheels Co.)

In his quest to be the first to bagpipe across the globe, Ross OC Jennings was in Bhutan, the 82nd country he has travelled to since 2014. During his bagpiping journey, he plays his folk music in his kilt, knee-high socks and a white shirt. “These shoes have travelled to …

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Tsirang initiates a ban on plastic bags

Vendors were urged not to provide plastics as carrying bags henceforth to customers

With all the sector heads of Tsirang dzongkhag administration carrying Clean Bhutan’s biodegradable jute bags to the Sunday vegetable market, the dzongkhag administration has initiated to ban plastic and minimise its usage. Few students of Damphu Central School also joined the sector heads and went around explaining the damage plastics …

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Winter chilli production encouraging despite hiccups

A woman sorts chilli at the Centenary Farmers’ Market in Thimphu yesterday

Harka Bahadur Chawan from Tsirang grew winter chillies for the first time last year. He wants to grow more this year. “It was a good learning experience,” he said. “One of the two varieties have lasted more than four months now and, if I get this kind of seed, I’m …

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PPP, alternate source of financing

Graduation from the least Developed Countries (LDC) status would mean loss of concessional loans and grants, but capital expenditure of the country has been growing over the years. The capital expenditure is expected to increase by 5 percent in the 12th Plan on an average compared with that of the …

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JDWNRH reviews and endorses more than 200 SoPs

Since the establishment of the Quality Assurance and Standardisation Division (QASD) at the national referral hospital in Thimphu in March 2017, the office has to date recorded 60 incidences, including near miss incidents. Near miss incidents are those that have not resulted in damage or harm to the patient but …

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Thromde begins efficient waste collection in Thimphu

Thimphu Thromde has decided to reduce dumping of waste and littering in the city. Garbage trucks will be made available on time. The initiatives include maintaining the garbage trucks’ coverage as per schedule, collecting waste after office hours, and ensuring joint monitoring efforts. Environment officer with Thimphu thromde, Tshering Yangzom, …

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