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Rinchen Lethro wins the best leader award

Rinchen Lethro

Rinchen Lethro, 33, received the best leader award from among more than 200 delegates in the Global Youth Peace Ambassador (GYPA) in the Maldives last week. GYPA is the largest international youth development programme that advocates the global peacekeeping mission and conducts peacebuilding activities and bridging socio-ethnic, religious, and community …

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Marijuana smuggling on the rise as farmers lose interest in agriculture

Sackloads of seized dry marijuana leaves

Smuggling marijuana out of Jomotshangkha drungkhag, Samdrupjongkhar is becoming uncontrollable and challenging, according to residents. Despite police and the concerned authorities carrying out awareness programmes and patrolling the place, smuggling marijuana is on the rise. Of the three gewogs in the drungkhag- Langchenphu, Serthi and Lauri gewogs, Serthi gewog has …

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Glitches in ePEMS, banks face issues

The introduction of electronic Public Expenditure Management System (ePEMS) last month has left banks and civil servants experiencing some hiccups. This is because the monthly loan installments  or EMIs and insurance premiums of civil servants are deducted at source, and credited to their loan accounts with the respective banks. After deducting taxes and other …

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Boulder business slows down

More than 4 million MT of riverbed materials remain at Mao Khola in Gelephu

After almost two months of standstill, export of boulders from Gelephu to Bangladesh resumed on June 22. However, three months later, the business has failed to pick up to its initial vigor. When the business started, more than 100 trucks ferried boulders to Bangladesh everyday. Today, on an average about …

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Government calls on private sector to create jobs

The labour minister graced the opening of the AGM

Labour and Human Resources Minister Ugyen Dorji called on the private sector to create employment opportunities at the opening of the 32nd annual general meeting (AGM) of Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) yesterday in Thimphu. The labour minister said the government’s plan to address the unemployment problem are …

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Japan experience: sharing best practices for balanced development

At the JICA Training Ex-participant’s Seminar in Thimphu yesterday, Bhutanese who received training in Japan under JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) shared and discussed their experiences. JICA officials and the participants figured out how some of the efficient practices and concept in urban infrastructures, branding local products, sustainable tourism and …

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All is well that starts well

The decision will give people time to decide

The committee from Trashigang dzongkhag, who visited Merak gewog, decided to blacktop the gewog centre (GC) road from Merak. The committee, comprising of the dzongrab, planning officer and dzongkhag engineer, met the people of Merak on September 5. To read more, please subscribe by registering at

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Fire leaves 14 families homeless

The fire razed two two-storey traditional house and six temporary sheds

A fire at Changedaphu in Thimphu razed two two-storey traditional house and six temporary sheds around 5:30 am yesterday. The fire also partially damaged three-storey concrete building and an Alto car. No casualty was reported. To read more, please subscribe by registering at

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Three former lecturers deny sexual assault charges

All the three former lecturers of College of Language and Culture Studies, who were charged for sexual harassments, denied the charges against them. They submitted their rebuttal on Thursday to the Trongsa dzongkhag court. To read more, please subscribe by registering at

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GT member warned for not wearing tshoglham

Korphu gewog administration in Trongsa issued a warning letter to a civil servant serving in the gewog for not wearing tshoglham (a traditional boot) during the gewog tshogchung (GT) held on August 20. The letter dated September 3 stated that the civil servant not only failed to abide by the …

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Kuchay bridge gone, villages remain cut off

The temporary bridge over Kuchay river in Samtse

Phuchena village of Dumtey gewog in Samtse has been completely cut off for more than two months since the temporary bailey bridge over Kuchay river got washed away. As the bridge connects the Samtse-Haa secondary national highway, four chiwogs of Gakidling and five chiwogs in Sombaykha gewog in Haa are …

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Dagapela-Dalbari road about 70 percent complete

At the recent Dzongkhag Tshogdu of Dagana, local leaders questioned about the progress and quality of the road. Today, the highway is almost 70 percent complete. Construction of Dagapela-Dalbari secondary national highway (SNH) began in October 2014. The 80.58km highway is critical as it will directly connect Dagana with Lhamoizingkha Drungkhag. …

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