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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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Trashigang-Kanglung road widening works to complete this month

Project DANTAK has deployed about 300 workers at the Trashigang-Kanglung road widening works

Road – widening works along the 22km Trashigang-Kanglung highway, which began a decade ago is expected to complete this month. As of April 1, almost 12kms of the remaining 15 km stretch was blacktopped. Trashigang and Kanglung residents shared their satisfaction with the work progress made in the last six …

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Haazam dies in Taba

The bear has been at the centre for almost four years (Photo: Forest official)

It is reported that she suffered a seizure when the Kabesa tiger was brought to the centre The wildlife rehabilitation centre in Taba, Thimphu lost 6-year-old Himalayan black bear, which was affectionately called as Haazam on March 23. It is reported that the bear died after the tiger, which was …

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Fire above Bajo town razes 350 hectares of forest

A forest fire that broke out above Bajo town in Wangdue at 2:30pm yesterday has spread towards Punakha. Wangdue dzongrab Nima Gyeltshen said that the fire around settlement areas has been contained. “The settlement area is safe however, the fire at present is spreading towards Phangyul.” He said that the …

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Murder suspect from Chukha at large

A 28-year-old man from Bongo gewog in Chukha is on the run after he allegedly murdered his 22-year-old estranged wife on April 2. A search team from police in Phuentsholing and Gedu are on a lookout for the suspect. The deceased, a native of Meretsemo, Bongo was brought dead at …

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Know Your NC Candidate: Trashigang

Chheki Wangchuk  Age: 53 years Village: Galing Gewog: Shongphu Qualification MA in Economics Work experience Lecturer Technical advisor CEO Freelance consultant Why should the people vote for you? I understand the aspirations of our people and the challenges they face during my humble career spanning over 26 years as an …

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Defendant denies charges in DeSuung case

During the two hour long evidence hearing at Bench I of the High Court on the embezzlement of DeSuung training fund on April 2, Major Kinga Norbu claimed that he was not even involved in several cases where he was convicted. Major Kinga Norbu is convicted of having embezzled in …

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Police detain two Indian men and three Bhutanese women

Phuentsholing police detained two Indian men for alleged harassment and three Bhutanese women for deceptive practice. They were detained following an incident across the border where the three Bhutanese women in their early twenties, who work in a drayang in Phuentsholing, escaped a possible kidnap attempt on March 23. A …

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Using WeChat to practice Buddhism

Bhutanese have adapted technology to our culture and social practices, according to a PhD student of Macau University, Dorji Wangchuk. He said that in the context of how Bhutanese use social media app, especially WeChat, to practice Buddhism. Sharing a part of his study on ‘WeChat Spirituality: Buddhism and Social …

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Truck catches fire in Rinchending

The charred truck

A truck bearing Indian registration number caught fire on the Phuentsholing-Kharbandi road at 6:49pm yesterday. The incident occured near Rinchending goenpa. Police managed to contain the fire at 7:35pm. The engine of the truck was completely burnt. Police said it is not certain  yet how the fire started. There was …

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