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Volunteers donate 320 units of blood

About 135 units of blood were collected in Thimphu yesterday

About 320 units of blood were collected during a blood donation drive in four dzongkhags that observed the world blood donor day yesterday. Themed, ‘Be There for Someone Else. Give Blood. Share Life’ were observed in Thimphu, Phuentsholing, Trongsa and Zhemgang. WHO Representative, Dr Rui Paulo De Jesus said Bhutan …

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43 days in Bhutan 

Chuck Reed

Chuck Reed arrived in Bhutan in May to better understand the country and Buddhism. Five years ago, the 66-year-old American from West Virginia stumbled on a Netflix movie about Bhutan. It was the name Bhutan that had him watch the movie. And he figured where his next destination would be. …

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The Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services conducted a trial landing at the parking space near the Emergency Department of JDWNRH in Thimphu yesterday. Health officials said landing at the entrance of the hospital would save time and lives since ferrying the patient from Lungtenphu helipad to the hospital takes about 10 …

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Gelephu region faces LPG shortage

Tsirang has non-subsidised gas in plenty while the subsidised ones are in short supply

It has been more than a week since the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder has run out of stock in the Gelephu region affecting six dzongkhags of Sarpang, Tsirang, Dagana, Zhemgang, Bumthang and Trongsa. In Tsirang, about 15 customers come to the fuel depot everyday to inquire if the stock …

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3.1M unsubscribed DPNB rights issues goes for auction

About 3.1M unsubscribed rights issue of Druk PNB (DPNB) shares is on auction in the market. This is the first time that unsubscribed shares are put  up for auction in the market. Earlier the company took back the unsubscribed rights issue. Rights issue is an issue of shares offered at …

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OL meets people of Samdrupjongkhar

The Opposition Leader was in Samdrupjongkhar on June 12

The opposition leader, Pema Gyamtsho (PhD), during a meeting with the officials and communities of Samdrupjongkhar on June 12 shared his concerns on the government’s move to corporatise the national referral hospital and the establishment of central schools. Highlighting the role of the opposition in a democratic system, he said …

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Archers complain of foul smell from sewerage treatment plant

The sewerage treatment plant in Trashigang was initially constructed for about 700 residents

People strolling near the archery range in Trashigang are greeted with a foul smell from the nearby sewerage treatment plant. The smell is generated from an overflow at the 16-year-old treatment plant. During a recent archery tournament at the range, archers said that the foul smell from the plant affected …

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Three admitted in Bajo hospital after eating watermelon

Two men and a woman were rushed to Bajo hospital in Wangdue on June 11 after they got sick from eating watermelon. Dr Choney Wangmo of Bajo Hospital said Samthang Technical Training Institute staff brought them to the hospital at around 12:45pm on Monday. “All three were in critical condition …

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Mountain Hazelnuts Ventures train unemployed youth

Twenty three out of school youth attended the entrepreneurship programme in Mongar

Nima Yoezer, 19, has decided to start a small business. He made the decision after attending a two-day hazelnut entrepreneurship-training programme on June 7 along with 22 unemployed youth at Lingmethang, Mongar. The class 12 graduate from Lhuentse High School said he would go for mass asparagus cultivation after returning …

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Dorokha Central School’s construction delayed

The integrated academic block

The construction of Dorokha Central School (DCS) in Samtse, which was scheduled to complete by January this year, is still left with flooring, other finishing works, and site development. Construction of buildings such as the main integrated academic block, dining hall, hostels, kitchen, and staff quarters are completed. Project engineer …

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Bhutan is 47 percent self-sufficient in rice

With 28 percent of cultivable land used for rice cultivation, Bhutan is only 47 percent self-sufficient in rice. A rice specialist from agriculture research and development centre in Bajo, Mahesh Ghimeray said that one of the main problems in Bhutan is the low production base.  “We’ve lots of forests and …

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Labour minister resumes office

Lyonpo Ngeema Sangay Tshempo in his office yesterday

After a leave of more than five months over alleged corruption in trainings provided by the ministry, labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo returned to office yesterday. A press release from the cabinet secretariat stated that the minister had resumed office and took over the official functions. The labour minister was …

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