• Bhutan goes to the polls

    Twenty-six voters of one of the most remote villages in the country, Esuna in Lunana, Gasa will walk for two days to cast their votes at Rakashong polling station today.

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Dry monsoon hits Dagana farmers

Paddy fields parched for irrigation in Dagana

Dagana, which usually receives rainfall at this time of the year is seeing no rain. Farmers of Tseza and Khebisa gewogs say they are hit hard by drought this year. They claim they were only able to cultivate less than half of their wetland. A farmer in Tseza, Passang Lhamo, …

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A teacher at Tshochen Primary School in Lhuentse, Thinley Tobgay, released his first romantic fiction novel, Under the Same Sky, on July 21 in Thimphu. The 26-year old author is from Trashiyangtse.

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Roads sector, a work in progress

To empower gewogs with manpower and resources, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pledged to blacktop all gewog centre (GC) roads.  The government has today blacktopped 176 GC roads, achieving 85.9 percent of the pledge. While 26 GC still require blacktopping, three gewog centres – Soe, Lingzhi, and Lunana do not …

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CT scan machine not operational in Mongar hospital

The CT scan facility installed in Mongar regional referral hospital (MRRH) on July 24 has not been operational. This is because the hospital is yet to have a radiologist to operate the machine. Medical Superintendent, Dr Pelden Wangchuk, said the health ministry informed them that a radiologist from JDWNRH would …

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A blood donation drive by Clean Bhutan, Community Based Scouts and JDWNRH at the department of youth and sports hall in Thimphu collected 90 units of blood on July 26

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Judiciary prepares to hear environmental litigations

With the completion of trainings on environmental adjudication and litigation for the legal fraternity, the judiciary is preparing to take up environmental disputes professionally. After the two-day workshop on environmental adjudication for the judiciary that ended last week, another two-day workshop on environmental litigations for lawyers from various departments and …

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JICA assists DoR in bridge construction and maintenance

Joint coordination committee meeting between JICA, DoR and GNHC

A bridge management system (BMS) consisting of detailed inventory and inspection of bridges in the country and mainstreaming the safety and quality aspects in the construction sector are among the outcomes expected of the CAMBRIDGE (construction and management of bridges) project.  The contract was signed in October 2016 between Japan …

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Monk teachers attend life skills education in Paro

Twenty-four lopens from the zhung dratshang (the central monastic body), who have been placed in central schools across the country, are attending life skills education in Paro. Organised by zhung dratshang and RENEW with support from UNFPA, the training that started on July 24 provides a session on current social …

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Saving the environment

Samdrupjongkhar Thromde What activities were carried out to address waste management issues? MoU Signing with regional heads on the ban of single use plastic products. The MoU signing was to formalise the minutes of the Inter-agency Coordination meeting which was held in May, 2017 where by all regional offices under …

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Gaseb Construction wins compensation case against MoWHS

The Supreme Court in a judgment on July 25 gave a construction company, Gaseb Construction, more than double the compensation decided by the arbitration tribunal in the case between the company the works and human settlement ministry. One of the contractors of Dalbari-Dagapela secondary national highway in Dagana, Gaseb Construction, …

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