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  The Dorji Lopen of Zhung dratsang installed the Sertog (Golden pinnacle) of Do-Ngag Sedrupling dratsang at Mendrelgang of Choekhorling gewog in Sarpang. The dratshang construction began in 2016 and it is expected to complete by 2020 end.  Khenpo Cheki Dorji of Hong Kong based Bhutan Kagyue Centre is initiating …

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RTA recognises 25 artists at the inauguration of phase 3 project

Thinley Zangmo with her winning piece in the kira category

To provide a platform for artists across the country and recognise artists’ work, the 15 winners of the 17th annual National Design and Art Competition (NDAC) were awarded cash prizes and certificates on November 5 in Thimphu. Since 2017, two new categories of traditional painting and contemporary arts were added …

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  Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck with the winners of the annual national design and art competition at the inauguration of phase three of the Royal Textile Academy yesterday in Thimphu

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Bhutan’s first female pilot now first female captain

Captain Ugyen Dema

After about 35 years, Bhutan saw its first female captain for the national airlines yesterday. Ugyen Dema, 33, donned four stripes over her shoulders yesterday as Bhutan’s first female captain. Drukair has 19 captains of which 12 are non-Bhutanese. Ugyen Dema is now part of the seven Bhutanese captains among …

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Man arrested for smuggling gold

Seized biscuits of gold (Photo: Paro Police)

Paro police arrested 48-year-old man for alleged smuggling of 43kg gold on October 30. Each gold biscuit weighs 1kg. A kilogram of gold is sold for about Nu 3,000,000 in the market. The man is from Tsento, Paro. Paro police arrested the man near Drugyel Dzong. This is the fourth …

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Phuentsholing township development project kicks off

DHI chairman Dasho Ugen Chewang and tsugla lopon Samten Dorji at the salang tendrel yesterday

After 15 years since it first started as a flood mitigation project, work for the Phuentsholing township development project (PTDP) has begun. A salang tendrel for the first package (CW 01) of Zone A was held yesterday at the Amochhu site. A total area of 162.88 acres will be made available for …

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BNB mPAY launches two additional features

Bhutan National Bank yesterday launched two additional features of RRCO tax payments and Bhutan Telecom utility bill payment on its mobile application BNB mPAY. Chief executive officer  (CEO) of BNBL, Kipchu Tshering, said the launch of the additional feature was aimed at enriching customer experience. “The system will help decrease …

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JDWNRH discontinues consultation by appointment in Opthalmology dept.

Back in line: with the appointment system done away, patients will have to be in queue for consultation

Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu discontinued consultation by appointment in the Ophthalmology (eye) department from yesterday. Officiating chief programme officer with the hospital’s Quality Assurance and Standardisation Division (QASD), Jigme Choden, said that the system was discontinued because of the complex nature of examination and treatment …

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Priority Sector Lending goes online 

It took about four months to develop the online system

To increase service delivery efficiency, an online system for Priority Sector Lending (PSL) went live yesterday. It can be accessed online through the economic affairs ministry’s website http://202.144.157.73/PSL/. The online system can however, be accessed after the client avails an application number. Clients need to go to the dzongkhag PSL committee …

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Gosarling farmers lose paddy to rats

Farmer Sonam in her paddy field

First it was wild bores, then monkeys and now rats have started damaging crops in Gosarling’s Phuensumgang chiwog in Tsirang. It has been more than a month since rats infested the fields eating the paddy plant from its stem. One of the severely affected farmers is Tashi Tobgay, 43. He …

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OAG reviews Druk Punjab bank’s embezzlement case

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is reviewing the investigation findings on an alleged embezzlement of more than Nu 2.184 M by the former senior vice president of Druk Punjab National Bank Limited’s (DPNBL) Legal Division in Thimphu. OAG’s chief prosecutor Kinley Tenzin confirmed that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) …

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