• Confluence: The muddied Phochhu, after two subsidiary lakes breached on Thursday night, increasing the water volume, meets the Mochhu river at Punakha. (Photo: Tshering Palden)

    Experts to visit Thorthormi today

    The water level flowing out of Thorthormi lake in Lunana was normal as of yesterday night. However, the stability of the moraine walls surrounding the main lake is uncertain.The chief of hydrology and water resources division, Sangay Tenzin said this is because of the two subsidiary lakes that breached on the evening of June 20. There is erosion and an outflow from the subsidiary II lake, which could destablise the moraine dams of the main Thorthomi lake. 

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Festival celebrates women artisans

To celebrate international women’s day, the 14th national textile festival was held at the Centenary Park in Thimphu yesterday. The festival, where about 15 stalls displaying textiles were opened was held to advance gender equality and empower women in relation to social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable …

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A total of 176 Royal Bhutan Police (RPB) recruits will join different divisions of the RBP across the country following the completion of their yearlong training at the police training institute in Jigmeling, Gelephu.    The Passing Out Parade (POP) ceremony for the 51st batch of recruits was held yesterday …

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Up in the clouds with an all-women crew

Attention: The all-women crew ready for the Paro-Bangkok flight

March 8, Paro International Airport. No songs, dance, or music. Kept conspicuously out of it all is needless pomp and pageantry that usually comes with celebration of memories and milestones. A simple ceremony inside the training room and then the Drukair’s first ever all-female crew is ready to fly KB …

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Digital Drukyul to provide free internet, intranet and wifi

PM Dr Lotay Tshering and Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

The government approved the flagship programme on Digital Drukyul, last week, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said yesterday. During the fourth meet the press session on the theme, 120 days of the government, Lyonchhen said that the project was approved and it would take care of the access to domestic contents …

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Dakpa and Namgang kora losing popularity?

Namgang Kora end with the unfurling of the Guru Thongdrel

The Namgang Kora and Dakpa Kora were two popular annual events in Trashiyangtse in the past. The two events, which are held on the 15th and 30th day of the first Bhutanese month, not only attracted people from Trashiyangtse and the nearby dzongkhags but also people from the neighbouring state of Arunachal …

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Nima and Dawa are home

The father of the twins Nima and Dawa welcomes their return from Australia

It is 10:30am. DrukAir flight KB 541 has just landed. Sonam Tshering, 40, with a khadhar in his hands, patiently waits for his twin daughters, Nima and Dawa Palden and wife Bumchu Zangmo at the arrival gate of Paro international airport. As Bumchu Zangmo enters with the girls, the arrival terminal …

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Need culture policy to address culture-related issues: DG

Lack of a clear culture policy or a bill makes it difficult for the department of culture to monitor or address culture-related issues. At the first national tourism conference in Thimphu last month, Pema Gyalpo, a tourism consultant, asked if it was appropriate for some hotels and resorts to have …

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Thimphu police charge two men for obscene viral video to court

Thimphu police charged the two men, who were involved in the viral video of a man in robes touching women inappropriately during a ritual, to Thimphu dzongkhag court on March 5. The men, both dressed as monks, were arrested on February 20 as a suo motocase (on its own motion) following public outrage …

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A fire that began around 4:30pm yesterday razed a single storied mud-house at Tencholing BHU, Wangdue. The house adjacent to the BHU was a staff quarter. Police, RBA, and PHPA officials contained the fire after about 25 minutes. The fire is suspected to have sparked from a short circuit. No …

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SASEC projects to link Pasakha estate nears completion

The 50-metre multi-cellular culvert box

Three mega South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) projects to improve the Pasakha bypass road and link the industrial estate are now nearing completion. The executing and implementing agency officials from the Department of Roads (DoR) expect the project to complete by May. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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Mongar to renew payment for environment services agreement

The CF has about 11 streams tapped for drinking water

Yakpugang community forest management, Mongar town and regional referral hospital plans to renew their five year contract agreement on payment for environment services (PES) that ends in December this year. The contract enabled the community forest management members of more than 100 households to receive more than Nu 140,000 annually …

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Construction of a captive breeding centre to conserve WBH underway

The centre is about 45 percent complete

The Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), in an effort to conserve the habitat of White-Bellied-Heron (WBH) and to increase the species number, is constructing a captive breeding centre at Changchey in Tsirang. The construction, which began in April last year, is expected to complete by the end of …

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