• Charging stations will be installed in six dzongkhags

    26 taxis register for electric vehicles

    Two weeks after the communication ministry issued the notification, about 26 Taxi Operating Permit (TOP) holders in Thimphu have registered with the ministry’s Project Management Unit (PMU), to procure electric car to replace their fossil fueled taxis. There are 535 TOP holders in Thimphu.

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Village elders claim rodent outbreak related to bamboo flowering

Agriculture officials in Tsirang say farmers were reluctant to use chemicals against rats that damaged crops in the dzongkhag this year. Although officials agree that total damage may not have been prevented, it could have controlled the rodent population to some extent. On hearing the outbreak first in Dagana, agriculture …

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Gambling during  tshechu, an open secret

A dart game during the recent Trashigang tshechu

The aftermath of the four-day tshechu in Trashigang has left the archery range messy and disorganised. Stall owners are engaged in dismantling their stalls and collecting the remaining goods that have remained unsold. There are some people, who while checking if police personnel are around, conduct a game of dice at the …

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NA committees reduced to nine for efficiency

Making the best of dhana (inauspicious month), members of the National Assembly in a recent meeting reduced the number of committees to nine from 11. The house will have to endorse the decision when the National Assembly commences on January 2. Secretary general of the House, Sangay Duba, said that …

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Mongar tshechu bans games, vendors unhappy with earnings

About 200 stalls were opened at the four-day Mongar tshechu

Garment vendors at Mongar tshechu stalls claimed of earning less this year due to lack of customers. About 200 stalls opened at the four-day Mongar tshechu that ended on November 17. A vendor Ugyen Dorji, said that the drastic decrease in the income would have been due to the banning …

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S/jongkhar reports rising infant mortality trend

Prematurity and low birth weight have the highest influence on the survival of an infant, according to a study carried out in Samdrupjongkhar. The study found that premature newborns and those with low birth weight were respectively 5.9 times and 4.1 times more likely to die. Newborns whose mother received …

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ECCD centre and crèche facility benefits ARDC employees

There are 41 children at the centre today

The recently opened Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre and crèche facility at Wengkhar Agriculture Research and Development Centre (ARDC) in Mongar have benefited close to 40 parents. The ECCD was opened at ARDC Wengkhar due to large number of employees at the centre. Of the 39 beneficiary parents, …

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Man sentenced for selling an unauthorised vehicle

Thimphu dzongkhag court’s bench I sentenced a 39-year-old man to three years in prison for selling a vehicle without the owner’s permission. Bhim Bahadur Biswa from Kadori village in Denchukha, Samtse was convicted for violating section 266 of the Bhutan Penal Code. The judgment stated that it was a value …

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50 years of Bhutan-India celebration at Madarihaat 

Chukha dzongdag Minjur Dorji arrives at the carnival

Unlike the past, the Sabala and Kreta Suraksha carnival at Madarihaat, Alipurduar district, India, was different this time. The ongoing annual festival, locally known as ‘mela’ got to witness some events from Bhutan on November 20. Led by the Chukha dzongkhag, Phuentsholing drungkhag and thromde administrations, cultural events were performed …

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HPE hits monastic institution for the first time

More than 30 monks took part in the HPE festival

In the courtyard of Dechenphodrang monastery in Thimphu, more than 30 monks were involved in a health and sports education (HPE) session on the World Children’s Day on Tuesday. The programme was spearheaded by Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), which maintained that HPE was important and had become common in …

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Turning to monarchy fortuitous for Bhutan, says Prof  Thurman

Constitutional monarchy is the best form of governance, even better than the one America has, Professor Robert Thurman said at a talk on Buddhism, Democracy, and Dharma Rajas in Thimphu recently. He cited principles from the legendary Buddhist King of India, Ashoka’s edict to support his statement. Buddha did not …

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RCH to discharge Nima and Dawa today 

Nima and Dawa Pelden at the RCH, three days after the surgery (Photo: Dr Karma Sherub)

Nima and Dawa Pelden, the Bhutanese conjoined twins who successfully underwent a separation surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, Australia on November 9 are healing well. A pediatric surgeon with JDWNRH, Dr Karma Sherub, who was in Melbourne to observe the surgery earlier this month, said the …

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