• GDP growth slips for the second time: ADB

    While the South Asian region is projected to emerge as the fastest growing region in the world, Bhutan’s economic growth projection is trailing behind the regional average. The country’s economic growth slipped for the second time as the construction of hydropower projects slowed and electric power production declined, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) outlook.

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Users of mobile and broadband internet increase

Report: Bhutan has exceeded the mobile broadband internet penetration rate for developing countries, it is revealed in the latest annual information and communications statistical report released by the government. Mobile broadband, categorised as 3G (third generation) or 4G connections, saw subscriptions increase by 83 percent, last year. This increase follows …

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Foreign coach lifts spirits of newly promoted team

An Italian is the first outsider to train a Thimphu “A” division side Football: Thimphu FC is taking the Thimphu “A” division football league, which is just around the corner, seriously. The club has a new owner and hired a former Italian football league coach, Fabio Lopez, the first international …

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Layaps have come a long way

Not just in distance, but thanks to income from cordyceps collection, in lifestyle as well COVER STORY: Wangmo, 58, a highlander from Thangzo, Laya was in Punaka to attend the three-day Punakha tsechu that concluded last week.  She comes to Punakha every winter.  This time, she was with her mother …

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Carrying a weapon is a sign of weakness

Whenever I meet lama in town at night, lama always told me not to carry a knife and to take it home. But I feel safer with a weapon. It gives me a feeling of strength. Please advise me more. Rigzin, Thimphu       YOUTH IN FOCUS: Well, Rigzin, …

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Choe lhag ni: Why do we recite scriptures

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: The recitation of Buddhist sutras is a very ancient tradition. After the Buddha passed away, his teachings were passed down orally for about three centuries. The master would recite and transmit the teachings to the disciple who will memorise, recite and pass it down …

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The winter descent

Zam is from Lungu in Laya.  She is 28.  She has been in Punakha for more than a month.  Today, Zam and family are preparing to go back. Zam, a mother of two school-going children, comes down to Gasa and Punakha every year with her husband and children.  While in …

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National topper not awarded Fulbright scholarship

On merit ranking, a Bhutanese student from Canada bagged the slot Education: A score of 91 percent was not enough to secure the coveted Fulbright scholarship in the USA for the whole Bhutan 2014 class XII topper, Jambay Kinley from Ugyen Academy. He lost the slot to a student from …

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Project engineer accepts forgery charge

His plea, however, is that the offence should be deemed a misdemeanour and not a felony Lhakhang Karpo: Among the four charges against him, including seven counts of official misconduct, Lhakhang Kapro’s project engineer Tashi Gyeltshen has accepted the forgery charge under section 297 (c) of the Penal Code of …

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Power tillers to the rescue?

The machine will ease labour shortage Agriculture: Many parts of Trashigang are increasingly witnessing more uncultivated arable land attributed largely to shortage of labour, wild life attacks and irrigation issues leaving farmers and agriculture officials in dilemma. Records with the agriculture department show about 2,292 acres of fallow dry land …

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Picture story

Almost done: To complete the construction of the 154-feet tall giant Guru Nangsey Zilneon statue in Takila, Lhuentse by September this year, the project still needs about Nu 100 million.     

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Six sports scholarship at RTC

MoU: Six sports scholarship are on offer at the Royal Thimphu College (RTC) following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) and the college yesterday. The scholarship is divided into three categories- two each for football and basketball and two in the open category (other …

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Hope for bone marrow failure patients

The patient referral guideline 2008 will be amended to include them as well Health: In a move that would help many patients, the national referral hospital in Thimphu will refer patients for bone marrow transplant, by amending the patient referral guideline of 2008. Today, the hospital supports only kidney transplant …

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