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Three black-necked cranes spotted in Udzorong

Of the three cranes spotted in Udzorong, one of them is a juvenile (Photo: Karma Tenzin, Ranger, Udzorong)

Three black-necked cranes, two adults and a juvenile, were sighted at Lamthang paddy field alongside Drangmechu in Udzorong gewog at around 11am on November 15. This is the third consecutive year where the endangered birds were spotted in the gewog, away from their regular roosting and feeding habitats (Bumdeling and …

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Mobile cellular subscribers decrease in 2018

Bhutan’s mobile cellular subscribers decreased in 2018 from the previous year. The number of mobile cellular subscribers fell to 715,626 in June 2018 from 730,623 in 2017, according to the information and communications ministry’s statistics. This is a decline by 2 percent in six months. The ministry releases the statistics …

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Traditional cultural expressions in need of protection

In France: curtain reproduced from Kushuthara designs

Early this year, intellectual property department under the Ministry of Economic Affairs wrote to a company in France with regard to the selling of fabric materials of Kushuthara designs in France. The company dealing with designs and manufacturing of traditional French fabrics, wallpapers, carpets, rugs, and furniture had reproduced Kushuthara …

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A chiwog tshogpa’s role as ‘phajo’ questioned

Tshogpa conducting meeting

For the residents of about 190 households in Narang chiwog, Mongar, the tshogpa not only serves as their representative but also helps them when they lose a family member. The tshogpa, Kanjur Tshering, 35, was elected in 2016 but the villagers appointed him as a ‘phajo’ for the chiwog last …

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A national seminar to promote Rigzhung and language

Tshogpa conducting meeting

Khenpos and scholars from Buddhist colleges and lecturers of collages under Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) are attending a national seminar. The College of Language and Culture Studies (CLSS) together with Tango Buddhist College is organising the seminar at RUB to promote the national language. The participants presented their research …

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Stalls attract more people than the Cham ju in Trashigang

The cham ju is performed as a final rehearsal of the masked dances without wearing the actual masks

A festive mood has embraced Trashigang town as people from across the dzongkhag has started to gather for the annual tshechu that began on November 15. Despite the gloomy weather, both young and old flocked the streets of the town as the final rehearsal (cham ju) was performed on November …

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UN and media partner to realise SDGs

Gerald Daly addresses the workshop participants

Representatives from the UN agencies in the country and the media gathered at a workshop in an attempt to connect better and bring more focus on development stories. Journalists and editors were trained to cover development stories during the two-day event that ended on November 15 in Paro. UN’s resident …

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  The Bhutan palliative team is currently attending a two-week intensive care programme in Thailand, where the team is learning about caring for end of the life patients and terminally ill patients. On their return,  the team is expected to create the country’s first sustainable palliative care network in Bhutan.  …

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Make way for the young happiness ambassadors

The first group of young happiness ambassadors from Malaysia

To include young people in the GNH movement, the eighth international conference on Gross National Happiness, which opened yesterday in Malaysia, saw the formation of young happiness ambassadors. Nineteen young happiness ambassadors from Malaysia joined some 150 delegates from 12 countries at the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Shah Alam, …

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Bhutan very strong in preventing polio virus: Health ministry

Bhutan’s percentage coverage of children immunised against polio is high enough to prevent imported (transborder) wild poliovirus to circulate and to prevent the emergence of vaccine-derived poliovirus in the country. This is according to Bhutan’s annual polio-free progress report 2018. According to the report, Bhutan has achieved 97 percent of …

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JAB president reappointment sparks controversy

The recent decision taken by the board members of Journalists’ Association of Bhutan (JAB) to reappoint the incumbent president for a second term has not gone well with some of the members. Board members, three of them, one each from print, television, and radio, had taken the decision to extend …

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Tsirang approves 18 PSL projects of 114 applications

Without an ice maker Nima Khandu is unable to market his broiler chicken

Tsirang has approved 18 Priority Sector Lending (PSL) projects in the last seven months. Tsirang dzongkhag agriculture officer, Dorji Gyeltshen, who is the member secretary of the dzongkhag PSL committee, said the pace of receiving the application for PSL loan has relatively slowed down compared to the initial months. He …

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