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Former health secretary and wife dies in an accident

The former health secretary, Dr Dorji Wangchuk, and his wife died when the Ford EcoSport he was driving veered off about 300ms below the Thimphu-Paro Highway in Khariphu yesterday afternoon. According to an official from the Thimphu police traffic division, the incident happened at 2:50pm and there were three passengers ...

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Construction of Gong farm road takes almost a decade

In the last three years, 34km has been cleared

The construction is expected to complete by June next year  The construction of Gong farm road in Sarpang, which was delayed because of lack of budget, is hampered by frequent breakdown of machines. The farm road, which would benefit about three remote chiwogs of Gongsekha, Gonduegang and Tshetenkhar (Sukumbasi) of ...

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Rituals take the biggest share of health expenditure

Bhutanese spend more than 58 percent of their expenditure on rimdo or puja and seven percent on purchase of medicines and health accessories, the Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) 2017 states. According to the report, on an average, the patients spend Nu 2,304 on treatment and services. About three percent ...

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BKP opens party office in Paro

About 300 people attended the opening near Dungtse lhakhang in Paro

Bhutan Kuen-Nyam party (BKP) opened its Dzongkhag office yesterday in Tshongdu, Paro. According to Article IV, section 7.10 of the Political Party Rules of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2015, for the political party to register with Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), it is required to have an office in every ...

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Tour operator to contest for NC from Punakha

Tshencho Wangdi

Determined to work towards reforming and framing effective policies in the country, 33-year-old Tshencho Wangdi registered as one of Punakha’s National Council (NC) candidate. As an aspiring NC candidate, his aim is framing policies by understanding the community and their needs. Tshencho Wangdi from Talo Gewog said that being part ...

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Of Lomba celebration and miraculous mural

It is a special moment for people in Wangtsa village in Haa. The whole community gathered in the village Lhakhang by 9am to witness the local festival called Wangtsa Goencham. A prominent village resident, Wangcha Sangey, says: “This is one of the best ways of keeping the community united.” There ...

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Picture story

Thinley Dhendup, a class VI student learns to weave bamboo fence from his grandfather during the winter vacation in Kangpara, Trashigang. The student plans to replace all the old fences around the family’s potato field during the vacation.

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Saving Nub Lang, the pride of Sangbaykha

If there is one thing closest to her heart besides her family, it is Dongkam. The 43-year-old from Nyebi Goenpa in Sangbaykha gewog, Haa takes pride in her lone cow, Dongkam, and would not exchange it for anything. For the past few years, the cow has been able to meet ...

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JICA helps set up disaster-resilient mobile network in the country

GNHC Secretary and Chief Representative, JICA Bhutan Office, sign the agreement in Thimphu yesterday

To make communication easier in times of disaster, two projects were signed between Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) secretariat and Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA yesterday. The government of Japan granted about USD 8.6 Million, for the project ‘construction of disaster-resilient emergency mobile network’, to establish a stable communication network ...

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SC upholds HC judgment in Chukha gold case

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court’s (HC) judgment that imprisoned two men to five years for their involvement in gold smuggling in 2015. The judgment stated that Chungdu Wangchuk and Rinchen Dorji, who were given value-based sentencing of five years non-compoundable prison term, should now serve their ...

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Man sentenced for selling hired Prado

Thimphu dzongkhag court’s civil bench II sentenced a 31-year-old man to three years, three months imprisonment for selling a hired Prado with a fake agreement. The December 19 judgment stated that the accused was charged with a fourth degree felony for breaching trust of the vehicle owner and selling the ...

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Travel agents to offer pilgrimage bus services independently

Unlike in the past, Bhutanese travel agents in Phuentsholing would now arrange their own pilgrimage bus services. Bhutanese operators sought help from people across the border as middlemen to hire buses from Bihar that ferried pilgrims to Bodhgaya and other pilgrimage sites. Commission charges affected both pilgrims and operators, while ...

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