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    Relocation of air force camp finalised

    … the move has been welcomed by the two airlines as it will mean a larger apron and enhanced safety on the ground

    Aviation: Bringing to an end an almost decade long process, the relocation of the Air Force Element (AFE) camp of the Indian Military Training Team (IMTRAT) at Paro international airport has been finalised.

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S/jongkhar to build a hostel for jobseekers and interns

The lack of housing in the town has kept potential jobseekers in villages  Labour: To help jobseekers take up internship programmes, a hostel has been planned in Samdrupjongkhar  near the National Housing Development Corporation colony, which when built would be the first such hostel in the country. Regional labour officials ...

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Bhutan has fair chance against HK

Football: Bhutan will play Hong Kong in their first away-game of the second round of the World Cup preliminary qualification round-two on June 11. Hong Kong is ranked at 167, four places below Bhutan, in the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking. Hong Kong has never qualified for the World Cup. However, ...

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The evolution of football in Bhutan


Once upon a time the game was a craze, now it has become a career COVER STORY: It was a Monday afternoon, February 14, at the Al-Sadaqua Walsalam stadium in Kuwait in 2000.  Chokey Nima, technical director with Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), still remembers the day vividly.  That was the day ...

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Tashi Gyepa: The Verses for Auspiciousness – Part I

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Tashi Gyepa, literally the eight-fold auspiciousness, consists of verses to bring about auspiciousness by invoking four sets of eight divinities. It is one of the most common prayers said in Bhutan by the followers of both Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. The verses were composed in ...

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You cannot tell a book by its cover

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I am a graduate and a decent guy, but I dye my hair red and keep it spiky. My parents and relatives nag me about it continuously. I don’t know what the problem is, but their comments are beginning to make me feel depressed. Should I cut ...

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Chencho Gyeltshen – From national team to national star


PROFILE: Chencho Gyeltshen became a national hero when he scored a brace during the second round of the World Cup qualifiers against Sri Lanka on our home ground of Changlimithang stadium in Thimphu. A class 12 graduate from Kelki higher secondary school in Thimphu, football was not Chencho’s first choice.  ...

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Fresh twist to ongoing case

Project manager submits documented evidence to back up foreign minister’s deposition Update: The on-going Lhakhang Karpo case took a new turn with the project manager yesterday submitting a document as evidence, where eight of the 11 dzongkhag level tender committee (DLTC) members had signed on the comparative statement for setting ...

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PCAL sues Kuensel

The Penden Cement Authority Limited (PCAL) on April 20, filed a defamation case against Kuensel at the Samtse dzongkhag court for maligning the company’s image in the April 9 story, “PCAL in deep water?” PCAL’s legal and lamsoel officer, Tshering Dorji, in a telephone interview said the company decided to ...

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Foreign aid projected to decline

Report: Foreign aid to Bhutan in the form of the country programmable aid (CPA) will decline by USD 32M (million) from 2013 to 2015, according to a recent report published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The CPA is the total amount of aid that comes through ...

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Man found murdered en route to RTC

Crime: A man, with multiple stab wounds on the body, was found dead near a stream on the way to Royal Thimphu College yesterday morning. A passerby, who spotted the body, when he had gone to relieve himself near the stream, informed police around 7 am.  The man is yet ...

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NEC to start levying application and processing fees

The move drew sharp responses from the six eastern dzongkhags Clearance: Beginning July, the National Environment Commission (NEC) will start charging an application fee of Nu 500, along with a processing fee, which would depend on the nature of the work, for environmental clearances (EC). For instance, the processing fee ...

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Medical camp in Punakha draws moderate response

There were many, however, who were not told of this chance to consult US specialists Health: More than 300 people, mostly children consulted doctors from USA, who were in Punakha hospital for a five-day health camp that was organised by Helping Hands-health and education, a US based nonprofit organisation in ...

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  • The new dispensation

    It was busy yesterday (Friday), with Thimphu residents engaging in another round of exchange of goodwill and offering of khadars, as a new group of officers take up important posts in the government and constitutional offices.

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My Country, My Town

  • Waifs but well fed ones: Either these pups have a guardian angel or there’s a butcher nearby Photo by Yash Wangchuk, Gelephu
  • From wheel to wall: A bicycle ringer finds a more static use in the form of a makeshift doorbell Photo by Bidur Rai, Mountain Hazelnut, Risrrbu, Wamrong
  • Shooting the messenger: An electric fence and a signboard mutilated by those shocked by the former Photo by Janga Bdr MoAF, Yusipang, Thimphu
  • The old and the mule: Both the taxi and the ass do not belong any longer on the road Photo by Arjun Subba, Kheyrig Institute