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If spring is here, monsoon is not far: Spring rain yesterday reminds Thimphu residents of monsoon as drains got clogged and rainwater spilled on roads


Lightning strike kills one

Mechetar: A 36-year-old man was killed and seven members of his family were injured when a lightning struck their house at Mechetar in Samtse on the night of March 18.

The wife, 24, was referred to Phuentsholing hospital while the rest were treated for minor injuries. Among the injured are children aged five to 12 years and the deceased’s aunt.

Except for the aunt, the others were in the kitchen for dinner when the incident [... Read More]

Gasa’s spent bird dilemma

IMG_0512Still good for me: Rinchen selling eggs at Gasa tshachu

Poultry: Backyard poultry farms were instant hit in Goen khamae gewog, Gasa when in 2010 eight farmers started rearing chicken.

But only two farms survive today. Disposal of the spent birds, the layer birds that have completed the active egg-laying period, is the main problem.

And the strong religious sentiments of farmers do not encourage slaughtering of hens.

Gasa’s officiating Livestock officer, Tshendu, said: “That’s why farmers are at a loss how to dispose of the [... Read More]

Too much monkey business around Thrapangsa landfill

monkeys-around-the-disposalMonkeys at the disposal site

Wildlife: The landfill at Thrapangsa in Mongar has curious visitors coming in every day, and that’s causing problem for the people of six households near the disposal site.

The monkeys come to scavenge at the landfill and stray into the houses. Then there is full-scale raid by the wild.

The marauding primates come to the landfill early in the morning and disappear. They come back by 4 pm, always.  “We have no time to eat [... Read More]

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Not snow: Samdrupjongkhar town briefly turned white when a hailstorm, with hail as big as tennis ball, pounded the town for about half an hour (Photo: Pema Wangchuk, Digital media enterprise)


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About 25 women attended the launching ceremony of Cocacola retailer training program at Hotel Druk yesterday.
The program is Cocacola’s initiative to impart business skills training to retailers on shop, stock, customer and financial management.


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Drukstar Vs Thimphu City – 2-2

FbA Drukstar defence clears a danger at the goalmouth

Football: Thimphu City FC managed to retain the top most position even after it drew the match with Drukstar 2-2 yesterday at the ‘A’ division league.

Thimphu city’s goalkeeper did not show up for the game and was replaced by striker Chencho. Despite the absence of main goalie, Thimphu City put up a good challenge.

In the 30th minute, Thimphu City’s Yeshey Dorji scored the first goal. He picked up the ball from right corner [... Read More]


Post-2015 – why should Bhutan care?

NDP-reportPost-2015 – why should Bhutan care?

If I told people that my position is called “Post-2015 National Coordinator”, majority wouldn’t have the faintest idea what such a person actually does. This article tries to explain what post-2015 means, and what is its relevance to Bhutan

Today the world celebrates the UN International Day of Happiness, marked for the second time. Bhutan initiated the Day to raise awareness on the need for a more holistic approach to development.

The happiness day is essentially linked [... Read More]

Collapsed tunnel delays Dagachhu

DSC04979Blocked: The section of the tunnel that collapsed on January 5

Rectifying the tunnel will cost additional Nu 80m

Project: The 126MW Dagachhu hydropower project, scheduled to be commissioned in May, will be delayed by more than a month, after a portion of the tunnel collapsed on January 5.

A poor geological condition had triggered a section, about 20 metres, of the 7.78 km tunnel to collapse, which is estimated to cost the project an additional Nu 80M.

The last time this paper reported on the delay, [... Read More]

Comprehensive medical screening before entry

Health: All foreign workers entering Bhutan to work for more than three months are required to undergo a comprehensive medical examination, said department of medical services (DoMS) officials.

The medical screening, in the past, only physically examined construction workers and not other expatriate workers. Screening was done at the border entry points of Phuentsholing, Gelephu, Samdrupjongkhar, and Samtse.

With the new regulation,  expatriate workers will undergo several laboratory and x-ray tests, which will be valid [... Read More]

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