• Vehicle quota has been attributed as a factor for increasing the number of vehicles in the country (File photo)

    Govt. to provide vehicle quota if necessary: PM

    Although the government’s pledge to provide vehicle quota to each household was “shot down” by the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that the pledge is still on. Lyonchhen, however, said there were many other important and pressing issues the government needs to look into first and once these completes, the government would review the vehicle quota system and if need be implement it.

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Busy tailors of Thimphu

Ugyen Rinzin at work

With the new Member of Parliament-elects (MP) ready to assume office, tailoring shops in Thimphu are busy stitching traditional silk attires. Nima Tshemkhang’s owner, Nima, said: “We have a minimum of two to three orders everyday. However, we only have two workers here and we can only finish a total …

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  Tsirang dzongkhag celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday at the Gyalse Duenkuen Drubai Phodrang coinciding with the descending day of Lord Buddha.

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Private papers receive 50 percent subsidy

There are seven private newspapers in the country today

The government approved 50 percent subsidy for the private papers in the country. In April this year, Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) had notified that the private English newspapers to print a minimum of 1,200 copies of each publication. Dzongkha private newspapers had to print a minimum of 600 …

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Pest and brown spot disease infest paddy fields in Saling

Tshewang Choden in Galikhar village

Following an outbreak of pest and brown spot disease in their paddy fields recently, farmers of three chiwogs in Saling, Mongar are worried about the yield this year. Brown spot is discoloration on the leaves caused by fungus affecting the leaves and stalks. This is the first reported case in …

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National Assembly to elect Speakers today

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) nominated Wangchuk Namgyel from Wangdue’s Nyishog Saephu constituency for the post of the National Assembly Speaker as the house votes today. Tshencho Wangdi from Kabisa-Talo constituency from Punakha is the party’s candidate for Deputy Speaker. Wangchuk Namgyel, 56, has worked in the education ministry for …

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HC reverses military court judgment

The defendants and their family leave the High Court yesterday

The High Court’s (HC) bench I fully reversed the judgment of the military court in Lungtenphu and acquitted Major Jurmi of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) yesterday. The military court sentenced him to one year and six months in prison for embezzling Nu 174,343 while conducting the sixth desuung training programme for …

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HC acquits RBA officer in DeSuung embezzlement case

The High Court altered the judgment of the military court and acquitted Lt Col Kinley Dorji in the DeSuung training fund embezzlement case yesterday. The trial court convicted him of embezzling Nu 315,069 from the budget to purchase vegetables, eggs, and fruits during the second batch DeSuung training at the …

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Wildlife affects rice production in Radhi

Farmers in Radhi, Trashigang, harvest paddy. The gewog, which produces about nine varieties of rice is known as the rice bowl of the east.

It’s harvest season in Radhi gewog, Trashigang, and the rice bowl of the east has turned golden. Group of farmers are seen threshing paddy on blue-orange tarpaulins spread along the terraces. Dechen from Tongling village is busy storing the grains into sacks and transporting it to her house some 300ms …

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Arekha MSS hosts youth ethics banking incentives programme  

Governor Dasho Penjore awards certificate to one of the top scorers at the incentive day yesterday

Thinley Lhazeen Pelmo, 10, a class five student of Arekha Middle Secondary School in Darla (Tala), Chukha, now has a bank account. She has deposited about Nu 1,000. Like her, all students of AMSS, from classes PP to 10 have their own accounts with Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL). There …

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Drukjeygang lhakhang’s reconstruction to resume soon

The reconstruction work is expected to begin soon

Almost a year after the old lhakhang in Drukjeygang, Dagana was demolished, the reconstruction work is yet to begin. Without a proper place to conduct annual rituals and funerals, the residents of the gewog are becoming impatient. Although the relics of the lhakhang are housed in a big hall adjacent …

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Interim government dissolves

His Majesty The King granted an audience to the members of the Interim Government yesterday on the completion of its term. In accordance with Article 19, Section 1 of the Constitution, the Interim Government has completed its term within ninety day after the dissolution of the National Assembly.

The interim government, which was appointed on August 9, dissolved yesterday. Speaking to the media in Thimphu, outgoing Chief Advisor of the interim government, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk, said that the interim government had decided to resign yesterday because it was a good day to do so. He informed that …

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Customers unhappy with LPG service

There were about 869 new connections for non- subsidised LPG as of September this year

Fuel depot in Thimphu, according to individual service seekers, gives preference to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) service provider. That has left many frustrated. A service seeker (who did not wish to be named) said that service providers come with loads of cylinders and cut the waiting line. “Some people come …

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