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Winter vacation to practice Buddhist tradition

The 95 students are from schools across the country

Unlike their friends, 95 students have decided to spend their winter vacation attending a Buddhist tradition orientation and training programme at the Druk Namgaycholing Dratshang in Phuentsholing. Organised by the Nangchuk Gomdi (Buddhist Tradition Practitioners) comprised of about 11 volunteers, the programme aims to engage students meaningfully by becoming nuns and …

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Thimphu dzongkhag office construction at Debsi to begin next year

The construction of the new Thimphu dzongkhag office at Debsi, which was deferred since the 11th Plan, would begin next year. Thimphu dzongdag, Dorji Tshering, said they are preparing the drawings and would submit it to the Cabinet after the parliament session in January. He said it would take about three …

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To inspire students to strive and reach new heights through academic and personnel excellence, 40 students comprising 20 girls and boys each from across the country are on a week long educational trip to Bangkok through the Tongsa Penlop Inspire Program. The programme also sent two boys and two girls …

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Damphu-Sunkosh highway to be resurfaced soon

Works on the first phase has just begun

The condition of the highway between Damphu and Sunkosh tri-junction has deteriorated in recent years, making journeys stressful for commuters. Besides being narrow at several locations, about 15km stretch of the highway is filled with potholes. The highway has huge traffic flow between Gelephu, Tsirang, Wangdue and Thimphu. Tsirang dzongkhag …

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Foot and mouth disease outbreak in Nichula, Dagana

The movement of live animals and dairy products including meat from Nichula gewog in Dagana is strictly banned from yesterday after an outbreak of foot and mouth diseases (FMD) in cattle were reported from the gewog. According to a notification issued by Dagana dzongdag Phintsho Choeden yesterday, the ban was to …

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Civil servants in Yangtse face housing shortage

There are about 45 private houses in Yangtse town

For almost three years, a civil servant in Trashiyangtse has been sharing a quarter in a traditional house with one of his friends near Bayling central school. “I cannot afford to live in the town because of the exorbitant house rents,” the civil servant said. “Moreover, it is difficult to …

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His Holiness inaugurates Dungsamchu bridge 

Dungsamchu bridge

His Holiness the Je Khenpo inaugurated the Dungsamchu bridge near Samdrupjongkhar Primary School and officially opened it to traffic on December 24. The bridge would serve as a bypass for travellers and help ease traffic congestion along the highway. Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) built the bridge worth about Nu …

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the 50ft tall Drimed Namnyi choeten in Samdrupjongkhar on December 24. The proprietor of S.D Eastern Ferro Silicon and S.D Eastern Bhutan Coal Pvt Ltd constructed the choetenat a cost of about Nu 8.5 million.

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Education ministry short of 571 Dzongkha teachers

The five day national education conference themed “Redefining Education: Towards Quality and Inclusive Education,”began yesterday in Phuentsholing

Education ministry is facing a shortage of 571 Dzongkha teachers. This was revealed yesterday at the opening of the 19th National Education Conference (NEC) in Phuentsholing. Officials say they would reduce this shortage to about 50 by the end of the 12th Plan. The shortage is mainly attributed to a …

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LG leaders ask government on the status of Chamkharchhu project

People of Kheng hope to benefit from the 770MW project

Local leaders in Zhemgang said they have written to the government through the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) seeking the status of the much-hyped Chamkhar hydropower project. Bardo gup Kinzang Jurmi said the past two governments promised Chamkharchhu project to the people of Khengrig Namsum and people held high hopes of economic and infrastructural …

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Barshong gewog without a GAO for a year

It has been almost a year since Barshong gewog has been functioning without a gewog administrative officer (GAO). The agriculture extension officer has been officiating so far. The post of GAO has remained vacant since the previous gewog administrative officer was transferred to Sarpang in January this year. Barshong gup …

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PM to visit India from December 27- 29

At the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering will be on a three-day State visit to India from December 27- 29. This is Lyonchhen’s first visit abroad after assuming office. “The visit coincides with the Golden Jubilee year of the establishment of formal …

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