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Lake burst forces evacuation in Punakha-Wangdue valley

Mochu swells but no major flood reported as of midnight

Flood: Residents of Punakha and Wangdue valley, who were evacuated to safety were asked to remain at higher grounds as of late night yesterday with impeding dangers from a possible flood after the Lemthang Tsho in Laya burst around 6.30pm yesterday.

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Trongsa town put on flood alert

A damaged drainage has raised landslide threat levels in parts of the township

Monsoon: Residents of Trongsa town have been put on alert after the areas below Chokhorling and those above Oyster hotel started cracking and sliding as rainwater gushed downstream from a damaged drainage.

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Mass tree plantation volunteers awarded certificates

Records: Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck on June 27 awarded certificates to 100 volunteers who planted an average of eight trees a minute to beat the Guinness world record and officials involved in the mass tree plantation at Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu.

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Cabbies go berserk

RSTA: About 300 taxi drivers thronged the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office about 8:30am yesterday.  The taxi drivers wanted to make sure they didn’t miss a refresher course on “road safety and traffic discipline” organised by the RSTA.

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Bhutanese man arrested for gold smuggling

Crime: A Bhutanese man, allegedly found with 17 kilogrammes of gold worth Nu 44.2 million, tied around his waist, was arrested by Indian revenue officials in New Delhi, on June 20, according to an Indian media report.

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Bhutan’s e-Gov ranking improves

ICT: Bhutan has improved by nine places in the e-government development index (EGDI) and is now ranked 143 out of 193 countries, according to the United Nations e-government survey 2014.

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Farmers short of water despite rain

Monsoon: Unlike previous years, farmers, who depend on rainwater for paddy transplantation, are happy that this year’s rainfall has been good enough for them to transplant their paddy saplings.

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Infant mortality rates still high in Bhutan

UNICEF: Despite Bhutan’s progress in improving the survival of infants and those under-five years, the number of babies dying within the first 28 days of birth is still high, according to a UNICEF policy brief for Bhutan.

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