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First two-time lottery winner

Sanman Subba

Sanman Subba, 38, is the first Bhutanese to win Phuensum fortnightly lottery twice in a month’s gap. A businessman in Thimphu, he won Nu 500,000 on September 30 and October 30 this year. After Phuensum Dharim was closed, BLL started Phuensum Mid-Dharim in September this year. It is a fortnightly …

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Vendors unhappy with plot distribution for Trashigang tshechu

Shopkeepers prepare their stalls for the tshechu that begins today

As Trashigang prepares to welcome the return of its annual tshechu back in the courtyard of the 359-year-old dzong after four years today, the town is bustling in excitement. For more than a month, the dzongkhag’s monastic body has been preparing for the annual event that celebrates Guru Rinpoche’s extraordinary …

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Two graduates vying for the post of gup in Samkhar gewog

Voters queue to nominate their candidate in Chazam-Pam in Trashigang yesterday

Two graduates, Jamyang and Sonam Zangpo, will compete for the post of gup in Samkhar gewog, Trashigang, in the by-election that is scheduled on December 3. The by-election is being held following the death of the former gup in September. During the dhamngoi zomdu held in Chazam-Pam chiwog yesterday, Jamyang …

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Prime Minister to reside in Lhengye Dhensa

Lhengye Dhensa

Dr Lotay Tshering is the first prime minister to move into the Lhengye Dhensa at Motithang, the official residence of Cabinet ministers. The government’s spokesperson and foreign minister, Dr Tandi Dorji, said that all the ministers including the prime minister have moved into the official residence. “The prime minister will …

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A farmer sent to prison for hashish trafficking

Punakha dzongkhag court imprisoned a man, sent another to rehabilitation and acquitted one on the charges of illicit trafficking of hashish. Dorji Wangchuk, 22, from Sirigang, Punakha, was apprehended with 138 grammes of hashish at Khuruthang in November last year. That day he returned after collecting the hashish from Hebisa …

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Damphu LSS starts special education needs (SEN) programme

Damphu LSS has about 13 students that require SEN support and service

As part of the 12th Plan activity, the ministry of education started a special education needs (SEN) programme in Damphu lower secondary school in Tsirang yesterday. The SEN programme is expected to empower persons with disability and ensure inclusiveness and equality. Education officials say inclusive education is a process of …

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A festival to raise awareness on ECCD

ECCD facilitators display their teaching methods

More than 500 educationists attended an early childhood care and development (ECCD) festival held in Mongar for three days from November 11. Education ministry’s ECCD programme coordinator, Karma Galey, said the festival was organised to raise awareness to the general public. Local and community leaders, teachers and ECCD instructors attended …

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DoR confirms budget for three bridges along Gong farm road

A bridges will be constructed over Rong River

The 46km farm road that connects the three remote chiwogs of Gongsekha, Gongduegang and Tshetenkhar in Jigmecholing gewog, Sarpang, would soon be pliable all seasons. This is because the Department of Roads (DoR) confirmed the budget to construct three bridges along the farm road through small development project from the …

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SASEC’s Northern Bypass gains momentum

NBR package 1: Ongoing construction of the subway

With the start of dry season, the construction of the South Asian Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) project of Northern Bypass Road (NBR) package-I in Phuentsholing has gained momentum.  NBR project coordinator, Devi Charan Dhimal, from thromde said the construction works are in full swing.  He said that works had started …

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RENEW-MFI has overall positive effect, a study finds

There are more than 15,000 clients with RENEW-MFI

Socio-economic circumstances were better among those women who had access to RENEW-microfinance services than those who did not, according to a recent study. The impact assessment study that a team from iDruk consultancy conducted was presented in Thimphu yesterday. The study was conducted between July and September this year to …

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Bhutan’s Internet addiction highest in Southeast Asian region

At least four out of 10 adolescents are addicted to Internet in Bhutan, according to a study conducted by a team of doctors. That means about 40 percent of the high school-going adolescents are addicted to Internet in the country. Internet addiction refers to the compulsive need to spend a lot …

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Challenges aplenty for the construction sector

Construction Development Board (CDB) resolved 43 disputes worth Nu 1.2 billion (B) related to construction and contractors in the past three years, CDB’s annual report 2018 showed. Disputes related to construction increased substantially in the last three years from 10 in 2015-16 to 17 in the 2017-18 fiscal year. However, …

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