• 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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Manipur man arrested with fake INR notes

Currency: A 27-year-old man from Manipur, India is under police custody in Phuentsholing, arrested for using fake Indian rupees (INR) in Bhutan. The accused had INR 10,000 when he was arrested on April 5.  He was able to exchange the fake notes at four shops in the town in a …

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His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, president of the Bhutan Olympic Committee met with the chairman of the Public Authority for Youth and Sports, Sheikh Ahmad Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Sahab of Kuwait at Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu yesterday. The Kuwaiti high level delegation is in the country to discuss initiatives for …

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A road is on its way to Richanglu

Connectivity: Villagers of Richanglu chiwog in Gomdar are happy that a road is finally coming to the village. About 2km of the 14.6km road has been completed since work began from February.  Richanglu is a three-hour walk from the gewog centre.

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Building the country’s biggest hydropower plants

Works are in full swing both inside and outside to meet the deadline  COVER STORY: March 31. A loud roar of machine interrupts Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay’s speech to the people gathered for the foundation concreting of Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project’s dam. “That’s the sound of the machines at work,” says Lyonchoen, …

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Preliminary investigation on Trongsa land case completes

ACC released two from detention and interrogated two drangpons, including a former judge Land: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has completed its preliminary investigation on the fraudulent transaction of 4.37 acres of land in Newlee-tse, where the Raven Crown resort stands, and another 2.28 acres in Drakten gewog, Trongsa. The …

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Profits elude Dungsam Polymer … for now

Dungsam Cement’s under performance, so far, has dragged its sister plant under Business: Almost three years into operation, Dungsam Polymer limited (DPL) is still running at a loss because its capacity is suppressed by underperformance of Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL). DPL was mainly established to produce and supply plastic …

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Dorje Chodpa: The Diamond Sūtra

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Dorje Chodpa is one of the most common books that we find in Bhutan. Literally translated, it is The Vajra Cutter Sūtra although it is commonly known as The Diamond Sūtra in English. It is one of the short sūtras on the perfection of wisdom. …

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Parents and students of Mongar Higher Secondary School observe Parenting Day yesterday      

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Critical thinking to be tested in next exams

Part of an education blueprint and one of the activities for 2015 BCSEA: Students of classes III, VI, VIII, X and XII across the country can expect competency or skill based questions that will require critical thinking in the upcoming examinations. At least 15 percent of the questions will be …

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Building and maintaining muscles

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Hello sir, I  have stopped working out with weights due to some problems. And so have some of my friends. It’s been a month now and I can see my muscles shrinking. Please advise what I should do. Sagar Gurung 

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PPP model for educational hub in Eastern Bhutan

MoEA: To tap private money for infrastructure development in the country, the government is looking at a public-private participation (PPP) model to develop eastern Bhutan as an educational hub, where two colleges will be established. To be developed under the ministry of economic affairs (MoEA) initiative, the colleges will be …

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From inside deep tunnels

It is almost 8am. Pratap Singh, 28, gets to his workstation at Punatsangchu Hydropower Project Authority (PHPA) II above Wangdue-Tsirang highway road. Wearing a knee-high rubber boots, a safety helmet and a shirt with the project- logo, Pratap is all set to enter a tunnel to start his 12-hour shift. …

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