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Farmers seek more govt. help

The mostly dry paddy fields of upper Baap gewog

… on addressing their irrigation woes
Agriculture: The farmers of Baap gewog in Punakha usually complete their paddy transplantations by the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche every year, which was yesterday.

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Finance minister questioned on budget

NC: Finance minister Namgay Dorji provided explanations on a number of issues like the Dzongkhag Development Grant (DDG) and budget allocation, among others, during the National Council’s (NC) question and answer session on June 14.

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Dzongkhags observe World No Tobacco Day

A tobacco cessation quit line (112) for tobacco users was launched by the health minister

Tobacco: The World Health Organisation (WHO) approach to surveillance of non-communicable disease risk factors survey 2014 shows that 10.8 percent male and 3.1 percent female between the ages of 18 to 69 years are tobacco smokers. The overall prevalence was 7.4 percent.

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Guru Rinpoche’s time in Bhutan

The 110-foot thongdrol of Guru Rinpoche was displayed for the public at Paro Rinpung Dzong

Anniversary: In a befitting tribute to Guru Padmasambhava, a giant 110-foot thongdrol of the saint that was displayed at Changlingmethang during the occasion of the Royal Wedding, was unfurled before the public, scholars and spiritual leaders of the South Asian region, yesterday.

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Tronsga rabdey displays relics at Kurjey

Devotees offer prayers and nyendhar to the relics on display during the Kurjey tshechu

Kurjey Tshechu: Coinciding with the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche yesterday, a number of Trongsa’s sacred relics were displayed at Kurjey Lhakhang in Bumthang during the annual Kurjey Tshechu.

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Minister quizzed on road construction, quality

Infrastructure: The works and human settlement ministry will be reviewing the rural construction regulations that will also address some of the issues that Parliament members raised at the question hour session yesterday.

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Falling boulder kills man

Accident: A 54-year old excavator operator of the Construction Development Corporation Ltd, and a father of four, died on impact after a boulder hit him and threw him off the road.

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My Country, My Town

  • Powerful wishes: Did these footballs hung from a tree have anything to do with the Leicester City victory? Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS
    Powerful wishes: Did these footballs hung from a tree have anything to do with the Leicester City victory? Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS
  • Dancing goat: Sometimes one just gets the urge to get up and shake a leg Photo by Kelzang Wangchuk, Kuensel, Thimphu
  • Tempting the foots: While recycling is all very well, these might revive long dormant soccer skills Photo by Ugyen Kencho
  • About to be pole-axed: With the ground beneath about to give away, it may not have long to stand Photo by Phuntsho Tenzin
  • From head to bed: A helmet finds an afterlife as a pot for a flowering plant. Photo by Sonam Wangdi, GAO, Dewathang