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Tour companies resume rafting activities

The ban on rafting activities in Punakha that was imposed on August 13 following an accident on the Mochu that led to the death of a person on August 12 was lifted on August 31. Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) had notified Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) on August …

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The night guards of Laphuna

Kinley checks his fields in the morning from his watch hut

It is drizzling and quiet in Laphuna village. Farmers have retired to bed. Above the small village in Lobesa, the lush paddy fields laden with grains sway in the cool night breeze. The paddy would be ready for harvest in a month’s time. In the middle of the field, on …

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BPC to replace burnt transformer in P/ling

Police, BPC officials and volunteers work to contain the fire.

It took more than three hours for about 100 men, mostly police personnel, to contain the 66/33 3mva (mega volt-amp) transformer that caught fire at the Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) substation in Phuentsholing yesterday morning. Sources say it took time because there were no firefighting mechanisms installed at the substation. …

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Bhutan Week opens in India

Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu grace the opening of Bhutan Week at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi, India yesterday. Bhutan week is held to commemorate the golden jubilee celebration of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India.

Commemorating the golden jubilee celebration of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu graced the opening of the Bhutan Week at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi, India yesterday. Cabinet and foreign secretaries …

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Samtse residents await eco-park to be operational

The eco-park in Samtse

Samtse residents are waiting for the eco-park the dzongkhag administration developed to be operational. Some have also started asking if there was something wrong with the project. A resident said the project had been delayed for a long time. “The construction works are also not completed,” he said, adding that …

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Gabbar, the food vendor of Trashigang

Students are Gabbar’s main customers

Surrounded by school children, Sonam Wangdi, popularly known as Gabbar, is busy inside his white Maruti-Van in Trashigang. The crude form of food-truck serves some of the best and the only street-food service in Trashigang. Sonam Wangdi started his business in early 2008 in the dzongkhag. The 40-year-old entrepreneur began …

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Chukha and Jakar tshechus to be held as scheduled

The Cabinet of the interim government has lifted the embargo implemented during the election period that had led to the deferment of tshechus in Chukha and Jakar, Bumthang. The second day of Chukha and Jakar tshechu falls on the poll day, October 18. Chukha dzongkhag administration on August 24 announced …

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The electoral surprise

Even as the country enters the general round of election period, discussions continue on what was the bigger surprise of the primary round – Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’s (DPT) win or People Democratic Party’s (PDP) loss.  Until the results started pouring in, the perception was that PDP would get through the …

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Why Paro chose DPT & DNT

Voters queue at the Paro College of Education polling station during the poll day on September 15

DPT and DNT took a constituency each in Paro on September 15. Of the 18,684 registered voters in Paro, 13,652 people cast their votes. Voter turnout was 73 percent. More than 6,500 voters participated in the election from Dokar-Sharpa constituency where Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) secured the highest votes – …

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Bhutan Week to open on Sept 23 in New Delhi

At the invitation of the Government of India, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck will grace the opening ceremony of ‘Bhutan Week’ on September 23 in New Delhi as the Chief Guest along with the Vice-President of India Venkaiah Naidu. The cabinet and foreign secretaries and other senior officials will …

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