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A sanctuary for injured animals

There are four deer at the sanctuary today

Three years ago, a pack of wild dogs in Trashiyangtse separated Zhogmo, a Sambar deer fawn from her mother. While the mother was chased into the forest, Zhogmo was driven towards a settlement in Gangkhardung village in Bumdeling gewog. The villagers reared her for sometime before handing it over to Bumdeling Wildlife …

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Horned Lark takes bird count to 739

The bird was spotted at a field in Gakidling gewog, Haa (Photo: Gyeltshen Dorji)

The sighting of Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) in Haa on December 20 takes the bird count to 739 in the country. The bird was spotted at a field in Gakidling gewog when a forester, Wangchuk, and two rangers, Gyeltshen Dorji and Sangay Wangchuk with Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve, were …

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While (in) g vacation begins in Thimphu 

More than 200 participants are attending the programme

To engage children and youth in a meaningful way, a winter programme for children between ages seven and 24 began at Nazhoen Pelri in Thimphu yesterday. With more than 200 participants, the programme attempts at making children and youth learn skills and explore interests besides being engaged during the break. …

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PM wants interesting questions from media 

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, who has begun every press conference by stating that he wants a good relation with the media, concluded the first meet the press session stating that the media failed to live up to his expectations when it came to asking questions he thought were important. …

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Human wildlife conflict and irrigation schemes prioritised in 12th Plan

Although various technologies and schemes are explored to address irrigation channel issues, mobilisation of fund remains a challenge, agriculture minister Yeshey Penjor said at the meet-the-press session on December 21. Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor said it becomes the responsibility of ministry to mobilise resources to implement various irrigation schemes and that …

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LG to get block grant to implement 12th Plan

To bring about equitable development, the local government is for the first time getting 50 percent of the budget with the implementation of block grant in the 12th Plan. This raises questions on how the local government administrations would plan, execute, monitor and evaluate development works. Block grant is the …

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SDF approves three projects

The SDF Board of Directors approved financing of one project under the Economic window and two projects under the Infrastructure widow of SDF at tahe 30th Board of Directors meeting on December 19 and 20 at New Delhi, India. A press release from SDF states that the projects include the …

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Police detain man in smuggling case

Phuentsholing police detained a 34-year-old man from Tharpaling of Ugyentse gewog in Samtse for smuggling 5,736 capsules of Spasmo Proxyvon (SP) Plus, 50 bottles of Corex, and 3,800 sticks of Navy Cut Cigarette on December 21. The suspect was arrested at the Second Gate (light vehicle entry gate) during a …

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Family planning is couple’s right: PM

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that the country’s total fertility rate of 1.7, down from 2.5 in 2005 was nothing to be alarmed about. This was in response to a question on the government’s intervention to manage change in fertility trends in the country during the first meet the …

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Government to review earn and learn programme to Japan

The death of a Bhutanese youth who went to Japan under earn-and-learn programme received various views and discussions on social, mainstream and broadcast media lately. During the first meet-the-press session on December 21, the labour minster said that the recent development of perception among the parties involved in the overseas …

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Farmers urge govt. to buy cardamom

Government has offered Nu 550 a kilogram

Following the government’s announcement to buy unsold cardamom, farmers in Sarpang and Tsirang are waiting for the change to take effect. One of the farmers in Chudzom gewog, Chabilal Ghimeray, said the rate government offered at Nu 550 a kilogram was fair. “But considering the hard work put into cardamom …

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Budget deficit could touch Nu 40B in 12th Plan

Finance minister Namgay Tshering

The government’s pledge to establish another national referral hospital, provide free wi-fi, launch sung joen app, and pay breast-feeding allowances, worth a few billions, are not budgeted in the 12th Plan. At the first meet-the-press session yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the projected fiscal deficit, which is the budgetary …

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