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BCSEA yet to decide on missing atomic weight table

The Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment is yet to decide on whether to award bonus marks for one of the questions in the Chemistry paper for class X, after it was found that the question paper did not give the atomic weight table, which otherwise is mandatory. On December 8, while ...

HH Je Khenpo consecrates Lhabab Choeten in Trashigang

His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the Lhabab Choeten at Kheri in Trashigang yesterday. Former soldiers constructed the choeten as part of retired armed forces' social service project. Tshering Samdrup, the architect of the choeten, said: By far this is one of the best. This is exactly what I ...

Paro court orders SP+ peddler to pay thrimthue

The man will, however be imprisoned for cannabis trafficking Paro dzongkhag court ordered a 27-year-old man to pay Nu 225,000 in lieu of five years prison term for illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Sonam Tobgay from Drujeydingkha in Shaba, Paro, was found guilty of ...

Livestock department receives 'Institutionalising Compassion' Award

The Department of Livestock received the prestigious award for Institutionalising Compassion' at the 10th Asia for Animals Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal from December 2-5. The award recognises the department's contribution in improving animal welfare in the country and implementing the nationwide ...

Short circuit responsible for bus fire incident

A short circuit had ignited the fire that burnt the Subash Transport bus in Phuentsholing on December 1 morning, according to police findings. The short circuit had triggered the ignition, causing the bus to move and hit the Road Safety and Transport Authority RSTA building. A joint investigation ...

Timber extraction, a threat to Rufous-necked hornbill

Rufous-necked hornbill can tolerate or survive certain degree of human disturbances provided there are enough resources available such as potential nesting and food trees in the habitat, according to a study. Senior ranger and head of nature conservation section with the Tsirang forest division, ...

Bus information system launched

A Bus Information System , which consists of installing two automatic bus information display and on-board bus equipment for 10 city buses in Thimphu was launched yesterday in Thimphu, a press release from the National Environment Commission Secretariat stated. The Assistant Minister, Ministry of ...

RTA hosts Moen-lam, a tribute to the Great Fourth

Royal Textile Academy in collaboration with a freelance photographer, Karma Jigme held an exhibition titled Moen-lam in Thimphu yesterday. Karma Jigme, 36, said that he wanted to use the concept of photography to pay tribute to His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo. I started from Punakha with the ...

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A thousand butter lamps were lit at the National Memorial Choeten yesterday to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons .

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Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck inaugurated a multi sports hall in Punakha yesterday, a press release from the Bhutan Olympic Committee states. The multi sports hall was built to engage the community, especially youth through sports.  The government and the Government of India ...

RENEW, empowering the disadvantaged

To respect, educate, nurture, and empower women, especially those in difficult circumstances, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck founded RENEW in 2004. The organisation, which works towards renewing the dignity of women addresses the issues of gender inequality through awareness, ...

Steam Sea bass with Chinese Green

Ingredients Sea bass – 150gms Chinese gabbage – 60gms Ginger,  – 50gms Bok choy - 60gms Asparagus - 60 gms Bell pepper – 60gms Spring onions– 5 no. Fish stack – 250ml Soy sauce - 4 tbs Sugar - 1 tbs Oil - 1 tbs Method  Season the seabass with salt. Place 1/3 ginger and ...

The most important aspect of a job is your attitude

Lama, I've trained in cooking and want to open a restaurant in Thimphu. What do you think? Is there potential? Can I make money from this kind of enterprise?  Well, if you want to open a restaurant you will first need to decide on who is your target market. A restaurant focusing on fine dining, ...

Agriculture employs most in Lhuentse, Paro, and Zhemgang

Agriculture and related activities were found to be the main employer in Lhuentse, Paro, and Zhemgang according to the report on citizen's perception on basic public services. The report states that in contrast to Paro with only about 18 percent, about 30 percent of respondent households in Lhuentse ...

Climate change could affect cropping pattern

Paro, Thimphu and Chukha that grow apples in abundance today, would be affected by climate change and become unsuitable to produce the cash crop by 2050, a study shows. Wengkhar Agriculture and Research Development Centre's principal horticulture officer, Loday Phuntsho said this means areas such as ...

PM visits gewogs in Punakha

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, who was on a gewog tour in Punakha, clarified about the JDWNRH corporatisation issue at two meetings. Lyonchhen visited the 200th gewog yesterday. In Guma gewog, Lyonchhen informed the people on false reports of charging people at JDWNRH after its corporatisation. He ...

NFE instructors pin hope on RCSC

Choki Wangmo, 34, has been working as a non-formal education instructor in Pelrithang, Gelephu, for more than a decade. This is her 12th year in the profession. While she enjoys teaching to people who have never been to school at school-going age, she has always been worried what she would be doing ...

Kelzari to have drinking water soon

Without any water source in the locality, residents of Kelzari village in Darla, Chukha, have been fetching water from a nearby drying stream. Some fetched from the nearby ponds. People have constructed water taps in front of their houses since 2015 but most taps are dry too. The situation is, ...

Reviving tshazo in Kangpara

Cane and bamboo products have been supporting 71-year old Sangay Wangdi's family for generations. Smiling through his timeworn face, he picks up the cane pieces to weave a bangchung. He claims he is the fourth generation in his family to practice the tshazo in Pasaphu chiwog of Kangpara, Trashigang. ...

The Call of the Divine

The very heavens watched over our beloved country as His Holiness Chyabje Rinpoche breathed life into the glittering images of our country's guardian deities who have made remote Dorokha dungkhag's Gatsheling Lhakhang their home. The serene environs of Dogap village woke up to an extraordinary ...

Mountains Matter: Migration, Hunger and Climate Change Adaptation

I travel frequently for work and for the last decade, no matter my destination, the plane is crowded with Nepali youth. While some of these young people are going abroad for study, the majority is in search of work, usually in the Middle East, but increasingly in the Southeast Asia, Japan, and ...

Actions adopted to build resilience in HKH region

Apart from achieving common pursuit, the members of Hindu Kush Himalaya region should work together, the director general of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development , David Molden, said. He said this at the end of a conference ICIMOD and Nepal's ministry of population and ...

OPCW establishment day

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will light 1,000 butter lamps at the National Memorial Choeten to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention today. The OPCW is the ...

SDF marks SAARC Charter Day

SDF marks SAARC Charter Day To mark the 33rd SAARC Charter Day, a thousand butter lamps were lit at the Tashichhodzong yesterday in Thimphu. The SAARC Development Fund also planted tree saplings at the Ecological Park to mark the day, a press release from SDF stated. Heads of seven SAARC countries ...

Drinking water situation in Thimphu municipality

Reversing the tide of migration and securing a sustainable local economy

Lessons from Ama town in Japan Composed of 14 small costal villages on the island of Nakanoshima, Ama town is one of the four inhabited islands of Oki archipelago. Detached from the mainland by a sea, some 60 kilometres off the coast of Shimane prefecture in western Japan, Oki archipelago consists ...

His Majesty's Address at the Closing Ceremony of the 10th Session of the Second Parliament

I am very happy to be a part of this important occasion– the closing of the 10th Session of the Second Parliament. I am particularly happy to be able to address such an august gathering. The duties and functions of parliament are sacred, and of immense significance and importance. Parliamentary ...

Undercutting, the tourism industry's bane

The practice undermines the high value-low impact policy Although the Tourism Council of Bhutan suspended a licence of a tour operator last month for allegedly undercutting the minimum daily tariff set for tourists, many tour operators in the country are surprised about TCB hushing the issue. The ...

Candidates can't seek votes on familiarisation tours: ECB

A campaign is carried out after the issuance of the notification calling an election The Election Commission of Bhutan has clarified that candidates and political parties cannot present their manifesto or seek votes during familiarisation tours to their constituency. As more candidates embark on ...

Farmers disappointed with ginger price in Gelephu

When Dechen Choden, 30, grew ginger on her 50 decimal land in Umling, Sarpang, she thought she would earn a good income. But when she harvested, she could get the yield from 20 decimal land. The ginger rotted in the field.' She was more disappointed when she auctioned the produce at the Food ...

Adequate fund required for food reserve

The Public Accounts Committee's recommendation to maintain adequate fund for National Food Security Reserve and SAARC Food Security Reserve would be reviewed and approved, the joint sitting of the parliament decided on December 6. The Royal Audit Authority made nine recommendations following a ...

Two men sentenced for deliberately setting house on fire

Mongar dzongkhag court sentenced two men to prison for fraudulent insurance claims. In the judgment rendered on December 6, Tashi Phuntsho, 41, from Hurungpam village, Mongar gewog was sentenced to a year and six months in prison for asking Jampel, 44, to set his house on fire. Jampel, 44, also from ...

Bhutan to face China in ACC U-16 cricket Cup

The under-16 national cricket team will face China in the first match of Asian Cricket Council U16 Eastern Region Cup at Chiang Mai, Thailand on December 11. The team spent five days training to acclimatise in Bangkok. The team played two practice matches against Thailand on Wednesday and Friday. ...

Poor safety measures in construction sector

26 fatal accidents and nine cases of partial disability were reported between 2016 and 2017 The health ministry recorded more than 33,000 cases of work-related injuries across the country last year. However, the construction sector reported 26 fatal accidents and nine cases of partial disability to ...

Parliament decides NSB to conduct labour force survey

The National Statistics Bureau should conduct the labour force survey, the joint sitting of the Parliament decided on December 6. The house resolved this after deliberating the performance audit report on employment generation and promotion activities. The Public Accounts Committee recommended that ...

Education ministry working on providing lunch in all schools

The education ministry is working towards providing lunch in all schools, according to education minister Norbu Wangchuk. He said this at the joint sitting of the parliament while deliberating the performance audit report on school feeding programme on December 6. There are 301 schools under the ...

Accident claims five lives in Mongar

Five people died on impact in Zimzoorong, Mongar, when the Santro car they were travelling in veered off the road and fell about 100 metres on December 6 morning. The incident occurred when the family was returning to Thimphu after conducting the last rites of their grandfather in Kengkhar. The ...

Thromde investigates damaged road in Babesa

A stretch of road that runs above the Olakha automobile workshop area leading to project DANTAK office developed cracks and was closed to traffic since November 22. About 20 meters of road and the roadside drain towards the hillside developed cracks. While some residents say that an excavation work ...

Bhutan to mark 33rd anniversary of SAARC Charter signing

To mark the 33rd anniversary of the establishment of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation , a thousand butter lamps would be lit at the Guru Lhakhang in Tashichhoedzong today, a press release from the foreign ministry states. Heads of the seven SAARC countries signed the Charter on ...

Oranges fetch good price

Low production is cited as one of the reasons In what is considered to be one of the best price oranges have fetched in recent years, the Gelephu auction yard recorded the highest price at Nu 9 a piece this year. Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited's officials at the auction yard claim that Nu ...

A lesson from Kangpara

Roads in Bhutan are a harbinger of development. It is the country's lifeline and impacts of being connected with a road are visible in communities. Farm roads make up about 41 percent of the country's road network today. Although its construction has enhanced rural communities socio-economically, ...

NFE centre reopens in Darla after four years

Twenty-nine women in Darla, Chukha, come together every evening. They are housewives, farmers and day labourers. The women are learning non-formal education centre, which started few months ago after it was stopped for four years. The NFE class starts at 5pm and stretches until 8:30pm. The oldest ...

Last session for National Council concludes

Emotions ran high at the House of Review yesterday, as members reviewed their tenure on the concluding ceremony of their last session. As is the tradition, Chairperson Sonam Kinga placed the Trashi Khadar on His Majesty The King's throne after the concluding prayer ceremony. Once he retreated, he ...

Farmers' group maintain farm roads in Kangpara

Armed with spades and crowbars, 10 men are busy constructing a drain along the Pasaphu-Pedung chiwog farm road in Kangpara, Trashigang. They are members of the recently formed farm road user group in the chiwog. This, according to the group, is their third voluntary labour since the group was formed ...

Parliamentarians lock horns over REDCL

The Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Limited could be used as a political tool by the government and political parties, opposition leader Pema Gyamtsho said in the joint sitting of the Parliament yesterday. During the deliberation on a performance audit report on the erstwhile Business ...

800 graduates pass civil service examination

The RCSC has vacancies for 429 graduates Of the 957 university graduates who appeared the 2017 Bhutan civil service examination in October, 800 scored 50 percent and above to get through the examination. The Royal Civil Service Commission declared the results yesterday. RCSC officials said 429 ...

Explosion injures man in Pantang

A 39-year-old man from Pantang in Zhemgang was airlifted to the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital after he was injured in an explosion yesterday morning. According to the health assistant of Pantang basic health unit , Samba Dorji, the man suffered a blast injury. “He suffered ...

Development activities threaten White Bellied Herons' habitat

Forest fires, fishing activities, road construction and vehicular movement are some of the potential threats to the survival of White Bellied Herons in the country. Tsirang's forestry officer, Chhimi Dorji, who carried out studies to assess the WBH habitat in Punatsangchhu and Harachhu in ...

Phobjikha residents support black-necked crane conservation

A majority of Phobjikha residents support conservation of black-necked cranes. According to a study on conservation of black-necked cranes and its perceived tradeoffs in Phobjikha Valley, 75 percent of the 222 respondents in Phobjikha agreed conservation of the cranes while 27 percent felt that ...

Longer waiting time for patients at JDWNRH

RAA found that doctors on-duty arrived late and left as early as two hours before the closing time The average waiting time for patients at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital's medical out - patient department was observed at 1 hour 38 minutes and general OPD at 45 minutes against ...