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Instrument of Accession of an Int’l Think Tank for LLDCs deposited

Bhutan became the 12th State Party to the Multilateral Agreement for the Establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries with the deposit of the instrument of Accession on April 3 by the Permanent Representative of Bhutan to the UN, Ambassador Doma Tshering. A press release from the …

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Trashigang cabbies concerned over new taxi parking

The current taxi parking

Taxi drivers in Trashigang are unhappy with the municipality’s decision to shift the taxi parking near the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office. The decision comes after the completion of a new parking in town. According to Trashigang taxi tshogpa, Tshewang Dorji, giving away a prime location in the …

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Spring chilies from Nichula hit the market

Gangtokha farmers harvest chili

Farmers who cultivated chili last winter in Nichula, a gewog in Lhamoizingkha, Dagana are today busy harvesting the produce. Chilies from the gewog have also started to hit the market and are sold at Nu 100 a kilogramme. It is also sold in Thimphu. A farmer from Gangtokha, Tanka Bdr …

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Nine nature-based products launched

The products were developed through the ASB framework

To support sustainable rural livelihoods and to contribute to conservation of biodiversity in the country, nine nature-based products were launched in Thimphu yesterday. The products include anti-wrinkle cream, balm, liniment oil, massage oil, perfume, soaps, and hand sanitiser developed from herbs such as Zingiber cassumunar, Phyllanthus emblica, Rhododendron anthopogon and …

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Picture story

Pottery is a dying art. In Lhuentse’s Gangzur gewog, known for ceramic art, Aum Tsewang, who is one of the few surviving tradition keepers, makes about a dozen earthenware a day.

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Computer Science course from Sherubtse to move to Gyalpoizhing College

By July next year, Sherubtse College’s Bachelors of Science (Computer Science) course will be moved to Gyalpoizhing College of Information Technology (GCIT) in Mongar. However, students currently pursuing the programme at Sherubtse would continue their degree at the college. This means that the 39 students (27 regular and 12 self-financed) …

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Bajo fire contained

The fire damaged about 1,300 acres of forest

The fire that broke out above Bajo town in Wangdue on April 3 was contained yesterday evening at around 5:30pm. An official with the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) said the volunteers had been fighting the fire since April 3. “Community people informed the Gups after the fire near Mata …

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Alternative sources to recognise degree only if university doesn’t respond

Department of Adult and Higher Secondary Education (DAHE) will approach alternative sources for recognition of university degrees for aspiring candidates only if the university does not respond in two months, the council’s chairperson Education Secretary Karma Yeshey, said. As of today, Bhutan Accreditation Council (BAC) has approved Bhutan Medical and …

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Court rules out dismissal of RICBL case

Thimphu dzongkhag court’s civil bench said it would not dismiss the case, after the Royal Insurance Corporation Ltd lawyer requested the court to dismiss it in its second submission on April 3. The judge said that in the interest of the case, it was best not to dismiss the case. …

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PCAL liable for fine, say labour ministry

Penden Cement Authority Limited (PCAL) will be liable to pay a fine for failing to regularise its 130 national workforce (NWF) employees, say labour officials. Section 41 of the Labour and Employment Act of Bhutan 2007, states, “A person who contravenes section 40 shall be liable to pay a fine …

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Private diagnostic centres to allow HIV testing service

National HIV/AIDS Commission has decided to allow private diagnostic centres to conduct HIV testing service. Chief programme officer with the health ministry’s communicable disease division, Namgay Tshering, said the initiative was not meant to replace the current HIV testing facilities catered through health facilities. “The decision for allowing the private …

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First hazelnut harvest in Wangdue expected this year

The first commercial harvest of hazelnut in Wangdue is expected to happen this year. The project of planting the fruit trees began in 2014. Mountain Hazelnut Venture (MH), which has continued the plantation in Wangdue every year since 2014, has more than 750 farmer partners or farming households registered. The …

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