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World Bank to help increase agricultural productivity in Bhutan

By Tshering The government and the World Bank on Friday signed a USD 8 million (M) Global Agriculture Food Security Program (GAFSP) grant that will help increase agricultural productivity and enhance access to markets for farmers in selected gewogs in Southwest Bhutan. The World Bank will be the supervising entity while the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will …

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BEHOLD THE BHUTANESE STARS

Sonam Pelden, 28 year old from Thimphu is first Bhutanese entrepreneur to make it to a Forbes list under the Consumer Technology category. She was recognised for her business idea ServisHero, ServisHero is a Malaysia-based on-demand services provider. She holds a MBA from the University of Oxford and studied neuroscience and economics at Brown University. Sonam worked with the Economist …

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Drying water sources could force people out: Nangar farmers

The village had no proper drinking since 2010 By Kinley Yonten For the last three years, Dema, 47, had been the same routine every ay. She wakes up early takes a three-hour uphill walk or walk down to the stream to fetch drinking water. This is because Nangar village is increasingly facing water shortage. There is a water tap outside …

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Watch your mouth

Agriculture Minister Yeshey Dorji is known to be an honest man with a good sense of humour. However, his humour, if it was, on Friday was not appreciated. The opposition party is demanding an apology from the minister on calling the Member of Parliament from Bomdeling-Jamkhar, Dupthob Dorji, and an “MP from Falakata.” Falakata is in neighbouring India where most …

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His Majesty The King grants Audience to scholarship students

His Majesty The King granted an Audience to 160 undergraduate scholarship students from across the country, who will be pursuing their education in diverse fields in colleges around the world. The students are class 12 toppers, who will be studying medicine; pharmacy; microbiology; speech therapy; audiology; agricultural sciences; food science technology; veterinary science; civil, electrical, mechanical, chemical, water, mining and …

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Forging ahead together

The annual journalism conference was brief and precise. But there cannot be a more appropriate theme than the one they chose: “Forging ahead together”.   How do we move ahead together for the good of journalism? How do we forge to make journalism a respected and relevant profession? How do we forge together to move ahead? These are questions that …

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Time for the stick rule

Time for the stick rule The Thimphu thromde had let go hundreds of people who were found violating the solid waster management rules. They had warned the violators and would fine them if they repeat the offence. This is a good move from the thromde. The rules are in place and the thromde giving these people the last warning is …

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How do we preserve the vanishing cultures?

The stone slab is oily and smooth. There is no altar but three men are prostrating, murmuring some prayers. There is a small fire built to burn pine leaves as incense. On the stone slab are rice, meat, fruits and some cash. The men leave the place and wait. Two crows circle around the stone slab. They are satisfied. They …

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Mewang Gyalsey archery tournament concludes Samtse bags first prize

  By Staff Reporter  His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck graced the grand finale of Mewang Gyalsey Archery Tournament, played on imported bow in the Yangphel style on February 8. It was organized by the Office of the Gyaltshab, Gyalpoizhing, Mongar as part of commemoration of the first birth anniversary of His Royal Highness Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.   The programme …

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Villages getting empty in Zangthiy

  20 percent of people left in the last three years By Kinley Yonten Wang Gyeltshen is becoming old. At 63, the farmer of Zangthiy, Lauri gewog, cannot till his land. Wang Gyeltshen and his wife left their village and moved to SamdrupJongkhar three years ago to live with their daughter who has a government job. They left their houseand …

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