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Gangs transcending borders

Bhutanese businessmen who trade across the border are quietly befriending local gang members of Jaigaon and other neighboring Indian towns so that they do not have to face unnecessary hassles while going about their business, especially while importing and exporting materials, according to reliable sources who wanted anonymity for fear …

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Air India may operate in Bhutan

With the domestic airlines, Bhutan’s air service industry took a leap forward but bigger plans are reportedly in place. Sources told The Bhutanese that the state-owned Air India is planning to operate in the country and dialogue is on between the Royal Government and the Government of India (GoI). The …

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A nature park for each dzongkhag

A few years from now, almost all the twenty dzongkhags in the country might have a nature recreational park each. The success of the pilot Royal Botanical Park (RBP) at Lamperi has given the Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) enough confidence and reasons to start replicating it in …

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Dr Tobgyel shoots off Loseling

Yesterday, four matches were played in the ongoing basket ball tourney of the schools of Thimphu Thromde. In the first match, Loseling Middle Secondary School girls popularly known as Changjiji school girls played against the Dr Tobgyel team and  saw Dr Tobgyel beating Loseling 12-4. But in the boy’s match, …

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REDD-iness

Bhutan stands to gain but various issues need to be considered Bhutan is slowly gearing towards developing a national strategy on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD +). However, there is skepticism from various quarters at the country actually becoming a signatory to the mechanism. REDD+ is a mechanism that establishes incentives for developing countries to …

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Special skills training for monks and nuns

For more than a decade, the Labor ministry (MoLHR) has been providing Special Skills Development Programme (SSDP) for groups not integrated into the general education system. Initially, the group included armed personnel, juvenile and disabled youth. But from the year 1999 till 2011, the ministry has also trained around 845 monks and 209 nuns in the traditional arts and crafts which were …

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Saving the highlanders

In a few years’ time Yeedpa (fermented cheese) and yak meat might just make it to your last supper and chugo (hard cheese) maybe a story of a rock-hard milk candy that you tell your children about if yak herders opt off their nomadic life. This is indeed a possibility if there are no developmental activities …

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