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HC upholds judgment in embezzlement case

The High Court on August 28 upheld the Thimphu district court’s judgment sentencing a former employee of Ugen Trading, Tashi Choki Dorji to three years non-compoundable prison term for embezzling Nu 903,700 from the company’s fund. The judgment stated that the company had ordered for a stretcher from the Mayday …

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Avocado farming picks up in Tsirang

Purna Bahadur harvests at least 50kg from a tree

When Purna Bahadur Bista of Semjong in Tsirang planted four avocado saplings five years ago, he did not expect a bumper harvest. Today he harvests at least 50kilograms of avocado from a tree. Three of the four trees bear fruit. One may even flower. Purna Bahadur said that avocado is …

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Picture story

An art exhibition themed Nature and Environment, introducing 60 art works of children from 46 countries and regions opened yesterday at the Lungtenphug Lower Secondary School in Thimphu. The exhibition includes the works of Bhutanese children – 15 from Thimphu, 10 from Paro and 20 from Haa. After Thimphu, the …

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Voters push their agenda with candidates

Residents register their attendance to attend the common forum in Phongmey in Trashigang

Villagers of Jangmanma and Gaziri in Phongmey, Trashigang have been requesting for two bridges for the past 10 years to connect them with Pakaling in Radhi and to Trashigang. These villages are on the bank of Gamrichu and have to use temporary bridges. “For us it is much easier to …

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How parties want to develop agriculture

All four political parties have prioritised agriculture as one of the main areas of investment and development in their manifestos. Despite being the largest employer, the agriculture sector’s contribution to the national economy has remained stagnant. Lack of infrastructure including irrigation facilities, roads and labor shortages has been some of …

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Chief advisor represents Bhutan at BIMSTEC summit

Chief advisor, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk addresses the summit

Chief advisor of the interim government, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk, represented Bhutan at the fourth Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal from August 30 and 31. The summit witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding for establishment of grid interconnection, which …

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Elephants compel farmers to leave their fields fallow in Sipsu

The damaged paddy in Singeygang

On the morning of August 31, a paddy field in Singeygang (Hangay), Tashichhoeling, Samtse village saw the wrath of an elephant, the first this year. Farmers said this is quite early as there is almost two months’ time to harvest paddy in Tashichhoeling. However, four of the 10 elephant entry …

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Frustrations build up as elephants cause menace in Gelephu

The elephants in Teak Shing area of Gelephu thromde

Almost a decade after Tara Gurung, 40, moved to Pemathang and lived as a sharecropper, she has stopped cultivating the fields and started looking for work. The single mother of four recently started working as a saleswoman in a shop in the town. “It has been about three weeks since …

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The politics of fear

It is not clear whether it is self-afflicted or designed but political parties have been indicating that the upcoming national election is gripped with fear. The Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) president, Neten Zangmo, first raised the issue on air during a programme on Bhutan Broadcasting Services (BBS). She said that the society …

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Where is the money?

Roving the length and breadth of the country, the four political parties are making one promises after another. Parties, especially the presidents are investing enormous amount of their time acquiring people’s trust and convincing them that promises would be delivered, provided people vote for them. The 12th Plan that the …

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Poor turnout at common forums worries candidates in east 

A woman in Orong calls out another, asking her to accompany her to the common forum. The woman responds that it’s too hot and she has lots of work to do at home. “Moreover, my husband is attending,” she said from the window. The other woman jokes what if the …

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DNT and BKP in Trashiyangtse

The presidents of Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa repeatedly emphasised during their meeting with the people of Trashiyangtse yesterday that Gross National Happiness (GNH) would be the parties’ focus, not consumerism. DNT Hinting at the party that has been promising things like excavators for every gewog and more …

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