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Weavers, artists recognised for promoting arts and crafts

Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck with the winners of the 16th NDAC

Tashi Yuden’s lungserma, which took her about a year to complete, bagged the first prize in Gho category during the 16th National Design and Art Competition (NDAC) at the Royal Textile Academy (RTA) in Thimphu yesterday. The 44-year-old housewife has been weaving since she was 15. She said that creating ...

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates Kagyu Ngoendro Tshogzhing thongdroel yesterday at Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu. Constructed at a cost of more than Nu 7 million, the 47x34ft tall thongdrel, will be installed as one of the main relics of Drupkhang Lhakhang in Wamrong, Trashigang.

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Harmonise laws to facilitate cross-border electricity trade: ADB

According to Asian Development Bank (ADB), energy shortage in member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is holding back the countries’ socioeconomic development. Petroleum and natural gas are among the largest import items among the member states, resulting in foreign currency outflow. The region has surplus ...

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrates statues of Guru Tsokhor Sum at Kuenselphodrang in Thimphu yesterday. The 6-foot statue of Guru Rinpoche and 3-foot statues of Yeshe Tsogyal and Mandavara were built as part of the construction of Guru Tongku or one thousand Guru statues. The Guru Tsokhor Sum statues ...

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Light snowfall in western and central Bhutan

High altitude isolated places in western and central Bhutan is expected to receive light snowfall in the next 12 hours, according to the National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology (NCHM). The rest of the country is expected to receive light rain. This is due to the persistent cloudy weather condition. ...

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Enhancing sustainability and climate resilience

The six-year project begins from next month this year (Photo: GNHC)

UNDP and Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) yesterday signed UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF)-Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) project called Enhancing Sustainability and Climate Resilience of Forest and Agriculture Landscape and Community Livelihood in Bhutan. The six-year project until 2023 will focus on creating climate-resilient livelihoods for the communities, effective ...

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Entire workforce to be covered under new NPPF policy

According to a draft National Pension and Provident Fund  (NPPF) Policy, less than one in five of the country’s working population is covered under retirement benefits scheme such as pension and provident fund schemes, exposing most of our workforce to social vulnerabilities after retirement. However, things are expected to change ...

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Policy to improve sanitation in the country

With rapid urbanisation, the need to address urban sanitation adequately is increasingly becoming urgent. As yet, there is no national policy to provide clear direction for sector and government to address such issues. It has been estimated that by 2020, around half the country’s population will live in urban areas. ...

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Exhibition features work by women sculptors

Her Expression IV, an art exhibition by Bhutanese female artists showcased clay sculptures crafted by three women sculptors in Bhutan. Artists Lhamo Chozom, Rinchen Dolma, and Sangay Zangmo, graduated from the National Institute of Zorig Chusum in Thimphu. They work with the Department of National Properties. Sculptor Rinchen Dema said ...

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Making drinking water safe

Over 97.7 percent of Bhutanese have access to improved drinking water. Access, however, does not mean availability of safe drinking water. As per the Bhutan Drinking Water Quality Standard (BDWQS) 2016, per capita mean annual flow of available water in the country was 109,000 cubic metres. However, according to Royal ...

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The Mongar dzongkhag throema committee performed Rewoi Sangchoe at Kedheykhar yesterday to mark the end of a three-day blessing empowerment and retreat for throema practitioners, which was presided over by Garab Rinpoche.

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Startup Weekend to get bigger

Speaking to the participants of  the fourth Startup WeekendTechnology Edition at the College of Science and Technology (CST) in Phuentsholing on October 29, Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said such event should not stop here. “This must continue and this must spread,” Lyonchhen said. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay further said that all the ...

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