• USD hits record high at Nu 73

    Indian rupee (INR) has been sliding against the USD in recent months and Bhutanese ngultrum, because it is pegged to INR, is under pressure. Losing 12 percent this year, INR is labelled by the Bloomberg as Asia’s worst performing currency.

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Samdrupjongkhar DT to resolve the meat price issue

As per the directives of the Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag tshogdu (DT), a committee will monitor and review the meat prices in the thromde and submit it in the upcoming DT session. According to the last DT’s resolution, the DT, the committee should be formed following the complaints from the public on …

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Student guilty of larceny ordered corrective measures

Trongsa court ordered a student found guilty of larceny to corrective measures in lieu of prison term in its second reformative judgment this year. The judgment issued yesterday ordered the boy to clean the boy’s toilet for a week and deliver a speech during the morning assembly every morning on …

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Man jailed 16 years for raping 6-year-old

A man found guilty of rape of a six-year old daughter of his ex-wife was sentenced to 16 years in prison on August 7 in Punakha. Punakha dzongkhag court found that on July 5 last year, the 39-year-old man from Trashigang had raped the girl when the two were at …

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T/Yangtse runs out of burls as dappa business picks up

Besides being the winter home to the endangered black-necked cranes and the popular Choeten Kora, Trashiyangtse dzongkhag is well known for its traditional wooden bowl, dappa. Considered to be the birthplace of one of the 13 arts and crafts (zorig chusum), shagzo (woodturning), the dzongkhag has witnessed a surge in dappa business in recent years. …

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Indian community celebrates 72nd Independence Day

The Indian community in Thimphu celebrated India’s 72nd Independence Day at the Indian Embassy in Hejo yesterday. His Majesty’s representative from the Gyalpoi Zimpon office, Zimpon Ugyen K Namgyel, cabinet secretary, chief of protocol, foreign secretary and senior government officials attended the celebration. Hundreds of Indian community members also attended …

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Hygiene and sanitation advised to minimsie intestinal parasite infections

Among 5,919 patients with symptoms of suggestive parasite infections, study found that at least 124 people suffer from intestinal parasite infection. The study conducted by officials of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) used samples of 5,919 patients between 2013 and 2015. The samples collected were from the …

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Poor turnout for voter education programme in Tsirang

The number of people who turned out to attend voter education programme in Tsirang was poor, according to election officials in Tsirang. Officials said that only 1,716 people attended the programme after they completed the programme in 60 chiwogs. Officials say voter education is much beyond knowing how to press …

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The Bangladesh embassy in Thimphu observed the National Mourning Day of Bangladesh yesterday to mark the 43rd martyrdom anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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Bamtech to explore opportunities in bamboo

To assist entrepreneurs and private sector explore opportunities in bamboo commercialisation and promote it as major construction material, Bamtech, a mobile application on bamboo housing and construction was launched on August 14 in Thimphu. The application features essential information while using bamboo for housing, construction, furniture making and quality products. …

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Monsoon stalls bypass construction works in Phuentsholing

Monsoon has stalled the construction of a subway near Omchhu bridge, one of the main components of the Northern Bypass Road (NBR) package-I in Phuentsholing. The work has been stopped for more than a month now. As the project required excavation of the existing road and diversion of vehicles from …

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ARI outbreak in 154 students of Sengdhen LSS

A total 154 students of Sengdhen lower secondary school (SLSS) in Dophuchen (Dorokha), Samtse, three teachers, and three villagers, have been affected with Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) as of yesterday evening. Dophuchen gup Padam Bahadur Rai said the situation is under control. The drungkhag officials, the gup, and health officials …

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Phuentsholing township project’s first package to start by October

The works for the Phuentsholing township development project (PTDP), previously known as the Amochhu land reclamation and township project, would start this October. The Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) is the implementing agency and it awarded the project to the second lowest bidder, the AFCONS Infrastructure Limited (AIL) in India. …

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