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  • 41 people lost lives building Punatsangchu projects

    Bereaved families compensated well

    Safety: Search is still on for the body of a 37-year old expatriate worker who lost his balance and drowned in the Punatsangchu on July 28 while he was working at the dam complex of Punatsangchu Hydro Power Project Authority II (PHPA II).

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Passing the buck on a pledge?

Govt. says it awaits pvt. sector proposal so as to set up three new colleges in the east

Education: Establishing three new colleges in the east would not be possible in a short period of time, but upgrading the existing ones would address immediate issues, home minister Damcho Dorji said at the Assembly’s question hour session yesterday.

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Diversifying and reforming subjects

Education: In a move towards preparing students better in classrooms, so that they are exposed to varied fields of study, the department of curriculum, research and development (DCRD) is working on diversifying subjects that are taught in schools.

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Widow awaits compensation

Her husband, a municipal worker, died at the work site due to a collapsed wall on April 1

Accident: On April 1 Man Maya Rai, 74, lost her husband when a wall collapsed on him as he was cleaning a drain by the roadside.

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Gamrichu gorges on paddy fields

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What the river gives with one hand (irrigation), it takes away with the other (erosion)

Disaster: When do farmers not welcome monsoon?  Ask the rice-growing farmers of Buna in Trashigang.

The much-needed rains are on its way, but farmers are worried, lest it might take another portion of their paddy fields.  For the last many years, some 27 households of Buna had been literally witnessing

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Chokhorling goes back to paddy cultivation

Improved security and a govt. carrot and stick policy persuades locals to return to the land
Agriculture: Hope and nostalgia is the mood as farmers, young and old, of Bafudar village in Samdrupjongkhar returned to their paddy fields after more than two decades.

Improved security and a govt. carrot and stick policy persuades locals to return to the land

Agriculture: Hope and nostalgia is the mood as farmers, young and old, of Bafudar village in Samdrupjongkhar returned to their paddy fields after more than two decades.

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Maggi samples to be sent for tests in Thai labs

BAFRA: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) has sent samples of Maggi noodles to test at the authority’s national food testing laboratory in Yusipang after Indian media reported the noodle containing high amount of lead and monosodium glutamate (MGS).

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Assembly to review Dzongkha teacher shortage issue

Q-Hour: The social and cultural committee of the National Assembly (NA) was directed to review the shortage of Dzongkha language teachers in some dzongkhags and excess in others. The report will be discussed at the next (6th) parliament session.

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India to refund Nu 1.943B for 2014 in excise duty

Finance minister Namgay Dorji watches as the excise duty agreement is signed

The reimbursement for 2013 will be released in the current financial year

GoI: The government of India (GoI) yesterday declared a total excise duty refund of Nu 1.943B (billion) to Bhutan for 2014.

This is an increase of Nu 187M (million) from the previous year.  Bhutan received Nu 1.756B as excise duty refund for 2013.

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Man sentenced to three years

Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years imprisonment for raping and impregnating an 18-year-old last December.

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Council weighs in on election issues

The National Council has directed the legislative committee to submit a final report on election issues

Legislative committee to submit a final report for adoption

NC: The National Council yesterday resolved that the election Act does not need an amendment to include the provision of it being a continuous house, since it was already stated in the National Council (amendment) bill, which the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) assured would be respected.

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My Country, My Town

  • Waifs but well fed ones: Either these pups have a guardian angel or there’s a butcher nearby Photo by Yash Wangchuk, Gelephu
  • From wheel to wall: A bicycle ringer finds a more static use in the form of a makeshift doorbell Photo by Bidur Rai, Mountain Hazelnut, Risrrbu, Wamrong
  • Shooting the messenger: An electric fence and a signboard mutilated by those shocked by the former Photo by Janga Bdr MoAF, Yusipang, Thimphu