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From horses to boleros, Dophuchen changes

Stray horses in Bazaar Dara

Dophuchen in Samtse has seen rapid development in the last decade. The blacktopped highway, farm roads, and government infrastructures prove the hill settlement has changed. But there are two prominent features that describe Dophuchen’s road to development best. Horses. Boleros. Horses were once the only means of transportation for the …

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State Mining Corporation Ltd records its first profit

After two consecutive losses, the State Mining Corporation Ltd (SMCL) has made a profit of Nu 67.39 million (M) in its third year of establishment. It met 92.13 percent of its targets in 2017. The company’s gross revenue rose from Nu 63.52M in 2016 to 260.44M last year from the …

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Accident kills one in Trongsa

A 42-year old man died on impact when the bolero he was travelling in veered off 30 meters below the road at Tshaetajaley on the way to Daba in Nubi, Trongsa on June 30. The accident, which occurred at around 3:15pm had seven passengers on board. Three passengers, one male …

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Labour ministry urges private enterprises to join PF scheme

Insurance companies showed that 384 enterprises joined provident fund (PF) scheme this year. This was after repeated notifications from the labour ministry to incorporate provident fund (PF) schemes in private enterprises by May 31 this year. Department of labour’s director, Sonam Wangdi, said that most private enterprises are unwilling to …

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Five dead and 22 injured in Rikhey accident

Five passengers were killed and 22 injured when a tripper truck they were traveling in veered off the road at Rikhey in Samdrupjongkharon June 30. The accident occurred around 5:30pm. According to police, the vehicle fell about 150 metres below the road. There were 27 passengers including the driver on …

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To involve youth productively during the summer holidays, a month long entertainment festival began yesterday at the clock tower square in Thimphu. Winners will be awarded cash prizes. The event also provides traditional medicine services to the public. Thimphu Thromde and Norling Events are organising the event.

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29,973 households lack reliable water supply in the country

Although about 98 percent of the households have access to improved drinking water, the reliability of water supply stands at 81 percent, the population and housing census of Bhutan (PHCB) 2017 report states. The report states that about 98.6 percent of the total households have access to improved drinking water …

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Home minister Dawa Gyeltshen and health minster Tandin Wangchuk released eight publications on traditional architecture in Thimphu on June 28. The publications are on intervention measures and techniques on making traditional architecture more resilient especially against disasters such as earthquake and fire. These techniques were part of the Wangduephodrang reconstruction …

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RAA points out lapses in BoB system

Notwithstanding positive change the Bank of Bhutan (BoB) brought with the change in its core banking solution from flexcube to TCS BaBCS, the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) pointed out lapses pertaining to access control and validation. The Bank of Bhutan shifted its CBS from Oracle FLEXCUBE to TCS BaNCS in …

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Bhur couple starts bonsai business

The couple has sold about 15 bonsai trees so far

As the sky overcast and a gentle wind cools the Saturday afternoon in Bhur, Gelephu, Birkha Bahadur Gurung and his wife start working in a small shed, full of potted flowers, adjacent to their house. The couple has a small peepal sapling, its roots growing over a differently shaped stone. …

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Youth volunteers advocate waste management in Changjiji

Volunteers collected around 70 sacks of trash

Some 200 youth volunteers from five volunteer groups came together for a cleaning campaign and advocacy on waste management in Thimphu on June 24. The advocacy and cleaning campaign on waste management was organised by Changjiji youth center, Bhutan Loving and Sharing Youth, Clean Bhutan, DAISAN, CARE Bhutan, Harmony Youth …

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