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Cost of doma eats into the pocket

Low production in the plains is raising the cost of the nut By Kinley Yonten If chewing doma (areca nut) is a dirty habit, it is now an expensive habit too. Price of doma is shooting through the roof with Nu 10 fetching only tow khamtos (two ready-made doma). That is the money that fetched a backload of doma from …

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BEAR to the rescue

Dial 112 for emergencies By Kinley Yonten The three digits, 112, could save lives, says Dr Charles Haviland Mize, a resuscitation specialist at the Thimphu national referral hospital. Dr Charles heads the Bhutan Emergency Aero Retrieval (BEAR) and says that not many are aware of the toll free number. Dr Charles team has teamed up with the Royal Bhutan Helicopter …

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A trap at Changbandu

By Tshering Motorist using the expressway, be careful! There is a trap waiting for you near the Changbandu flyover. The trap is a huge pothole, about two meters in diameter and 20 centimeter in depth. It can easily damage a car coming at full speed or cause an accident anytime soon. It is a distraction, traffic slower and an accident …

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Fire leaves man homeless

By Tshering Gyeltshen, 65, is a lost man. A bucket, a LPG cylinder and a shovel were all he could save from the fire that razed his hut to the ground at Changzamtog on Thursday. The lhakhang caretaker was at Kuenselphodrang School when he heard the news. Gyeltshen is physically impaired and stays alone with no means of earning either. …

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43 people arrested in three weeks

16-year-old detained for alleged murder By Tshering Thimphu police arrested an 11-year-old boy and other 43 people in last three weeks for alleged substance abuse, illegal sale of insolvents and illicit trafficking of controlled substances. Out of the 43 arrested, 32 were detained for substance abuse, two for illegal sale of insolvents, and six for illicit trafficking, two for tobacco …

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Don’t get alarmed by WHO report: BNCA

Authority claims figure is far less than reported By Kinley Yonten Bhutanese should not be alarmed with the findings of the World Health Organisation (WHO) report, which found that Bhutan has the highest number of adolescent tobacco users in the South-East Asia, according to Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA) officials. Officials said that the report is based on incidents of …

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What the heavy rains last week left behind

By Tshering The heavy rain in the past two weeks has damaged irrigation channels, washed away bridges and caused havoc to numerous roads in the country. While most of the roadblocks were cleared, an assessment by the Department of Disaster Management show that heavy monsoon rains caused major roadblocks around the country affecting the transportation system in all the dzongkhags. …

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Rats cause menace to mushroom farmers

Shitake is a good source of income for farmers in Gidawom By Kinley Yonten At Gidawom in Thimphu, farmer Thinley Zangmo is literally playing a cat and mouse game. With the rodents attacking her priced Shitake mushroom, the farmer is having sleepless nights. Thinley Zam tries shooing away the rats with sticks and brooms but they keep coming back. The …

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Making schools drug free

487 teachers trained with basic understanding of drugs use and science of addiction   By Kinley Yonten In an effort to make school free of drugs, the Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA) has trained 487 teachers from eight Higher Secondary School (HSS) and Middle Secondary School (MSS) of Thimphu Thromde on the basic understanding Drug Use and Science of Addiction. …

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The battle (dance) has begun

By Tshering The two-day dance battle, Gokab Volume III, among 400 participants have kicked off on Saturday at the Taekwondo hall in Thimphu. More than 400 participants registered for the dance battle under the categories of rigsar, boedra, beat boxing, bboying (breakdance) and all-style battle. The main sponsor for the event is Tashi Beverages Limited. The participants were provided guidance …

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