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Farmers in Narang ask for electric fencing

Tshewang Namgay guiding maize from monkey with dog at Naktshangthung village

Farmers of Narang gewog in Mongar, who depend on maize as one of their staple diets, are spending days and nights guarding the crop against wild animals. They say they have to spend sleepless nights, guarding the crop against wild boars a week after they sow the seeds. Once it …

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Potatoes fetch good price this season

From May this year until yesterday, farmers, who auctioned their potatoes, fetched triple the price they fetched last year. Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) officials said the quantity of the produce auctioned also doubled this year. FCBL auction complex recorded 7,583 metric tonnes (MT) of potatoes being auctioned so …

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Heat dries up paddy fields in Lhamoizingkha

At Kuendrelthang, the paddy fields have dried up and the soil hardened

With temperatures soaring above 36 degree Celsius and no sign of rain, farmers in Lhamoizingkha are worried that the heat is damaging their paddy plants. Farmers say it had not rained for a week. The highest temperature recorded in the locality was yesterday where it reached 39 degree Celsius. At …

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Former education minister joins DPT as 47th candidate

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) declared the party’s final candidate, Thakur Singh Powdyel from Samtse’s Dophuchen-Tading constituency on August 18 in Thimphu. Two other candidates – Zhemgang’s Bardo-Trong candidate Gembo Tshering and Tshewang Rinzin from Sombaykha of Haa – were also offered khaddar by the party president. They were introduced …

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Business idea programme transforms students

Buying a pair of decent shoe is an expensive affair for Tashi Tshewang’s family, a class 12 student of Desi High School in Thimphu. He was shattered when he could not qualify for a government school two years ago. Working hard to secure a scholarship for further studies and acquiring …

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ECB announces National Assembly poll dates

The election period for the third National Assembly election commenced yesterday with the Druk Gyalpo issuing the Royal Kasho calling the election, chief election commissioner Chogyal Dago Rigdzin said yesterday on the national television. The chief election commissioner said that the primary round of the election would be held on September …

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High Court’s larger bench dismisses ACC appeal

The High Court’s larger bench yesterday dismissed the Anti-Corruption Commission’s appeal against the acquittal of two persons in the DeSuung training fund embezzlement case by its bench III earlier this month. The High Court’s four-paged order states that the commission does not have the right to appeal, as it is …

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ECB detects multi-party membership

Hundreds of people have registered as membership in multiple political parties although the election Act bars a person from becoming a member of more than one party at a time. The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) during the review of the parties’ annual report recently found that about 500 people …

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Graduates question MoLHR and RCSC on job opportunities

Responding to a graduate’s question on how the fields of studies are selected for scholarships in India, Director general of Department of Employment and Human Resources (DEHR), Sherab Tenzin, said that it is done on the projection, which is based on what’s happening in the economy. Phub Tshering, who studied …

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ECU and RUB sign MoU for academic collaborations

Five cypress saplings were planted

The Royal University of Bhutan and Edith Cowan University (ECU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday to promote academic and scholarly cooperation between the colleges and schools of two universities. Through the MoU, the two universities will collaborate in staff and student exchange, research, capacity building, and joint programme …

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Thimphu Thromde proposes 20 more garbage trucks

As Thimphu thromde grapples with growing waste problems, the thromde has proposed the Gross National Happiness Commission requesting for 20 more waste collection trucks. According to an environment officer with Thimphu thromde, Tshering Yangzom, one of the main problems faced in managing waste is due to the lack of enough …

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