“I’m always a teacher,” Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk

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Minister excited about new portfolio

Cabinet: In the company of his friends, he loves reciting lines from Macbeth. Tease him to recite any lines from any part of the Shakespearean tragedy and you will not be disappointed. His love for Shakespearean literature was one of the reasons why he chose to become a teacher. He still loves teaching.

Ginger price slumps

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Agriculture: Much to the disappointment of farmers who are shifting to cash crops, the price of ginger this year has dropped by half in Samdrupjongkhar.

Bhutan's second chopper to arrive in June

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Aviation: Bhutan's second helicopter has arrived in Singapore where it will be assembled, fitted, painted and tested.

Riding the zebra

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Beginning October, pedestrians who do not use a Zebra crossing will be fined in Thimphu city.

This is to be expected with Thimphu city’s motor and pedestrian traffic expanding while the infrastructure struggles to keep up.

Athang connected with a bridge

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Japanese ambassador and health minister inaugurated the Deychu bridge yesterday

Infrastructure:  Japan’s ambassador to Bhutan, Kenji Hiramatsu and health minister Tandin Wangchuk inaugurated the government of Japan funded Deychu bridge in Athang gewog, Wangdue, yesterday.

Man arrested for vandalizing cars

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Crime: Police arrested a 23-year-old man from Lhuentse on March 28 for damaging eight vehicles in Thimphu.

Forest fire threatens Chimi Lhakhang

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Fire: A forest fire below Chimi Lhakhang in Lobesa that started at around 1:30pm yesterday has destroyed around seven hectares of forest, according to forest officials in Punakha.

Demand for traditional medicines could threaten plant species

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Seminar: The increasing demand for traditional medicines might lead to threats in the sustainability of raw materials, according to traditional pharmacists.

SKW-Tashi Metals retrench 160 employees

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The FDI company has shutdown for an indefinite period

Employment: SKW-Tashi Metals and Alloys Private Limited, a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) business in Pasakha has retrenched 160 employees recently. The FDI firm is also shut at present.

Shop loses goods in Shearee Square fire

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Update: An electronic shop at level II of the Shearee Square shopping mall lost all its electronic goods when the mall caught fire yesterday morning around 10:30 am.

Government proposes Cabinet reshuffle

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Lekey Dorji to become economic affairs minister, Lyonpo Mingbo Dukpa steps down

Reshuffle: In a move to reshuffle his Cabinet, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has submitted to His Majesty The King for Royal Assent to the appointment of economic affairs minster Norbu Wangchuk as the education minister and Bardo-Trong member of parliament, Lekey Dorji as the economic affairs minister.