A conditional cash transfer for pregnant mothers to be launched this year

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The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s popular pledge to provide breastfeeding allowance, which is now called Accelerating Mother and Child Health (AMCH)–1,000 Day Plus, to improve the health of mother and child in the country, is likely to happen anytime soon.

Sergithang farmers reap bumper harvest

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In three weeks since the first harvest, farmers in Sergithang sold more than 4.5 metric tonnes (MT) of big green chilli earning at least Nu 2 million.  With vegetable suppliers and vendors flooding the villages in the gewog almost every day to buy every available chilli, farmers are making the most income at this time of the year. 

Strict guidelines for restoration of mines

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Even as a new Mines and Minerals Act is being enacted, the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) this month adopted Mines Restoration Guidelines 2021 to revive the natural ecosystem at the mined areas.

Thimphu thromde takes five years to construct 1.3km road in Changidaphu

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Residents of upper Changbangdu in Thimphu were happy when thromde started constructing a road in the area in early 2017. Residents claimed that thromde officials then told them the construction of about 1.3km road would complete in three months. 

VTOB is a foundation

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More than a year after a group of teachers, who called themselves Volunteer Teachers of Bhutan (VTOB), started tele-education to engage students after schools were closed following Covid-19 pandemic, it has turned into a foundation to supplement the mainstream education.

A legend that died with the village

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Kuzhugchen, Kabesa, Thimphu — A small stream burbles down to join the river Wangchhu at the foot of the village. In summer, though, this little stream becomes big, very big. And here is a stone bridge that a local nyagoe (strong man) by the name of Kabji Choup laid. The stream then could have been quite sizeable, both in terms of volume and force.

Parking fee hike hurts users and operator alike

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The revised parking fee in Thimphu city’s core areas is hurting deep into users’ pockets but parking operators say losses are mounting? Beginning April 1, the parking fee across all areas in the city was raised to Nu 20 for every 30 minutes. Before the hike, the parking fee along the Norzin Lam was Nu 15 per 30 minutes and other areas were Nu 10.  

Engaging youth and unemployed to recycle waste

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A project called ‘Revive Bhutan’ engages people, especially youth, to recycle waste, conduct cleaning campaigns and other voluntary activities. Beginning today, the project will construct kennels for dogs at Serbithang with the Royal Society for Protection and Care of Animals (RSPCA). 

Surgeon and endoscopy arrive in Bumthang

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The people of Bumthang will no longer have to go to Thimphu and Mongar to avail of endoscopy services. The hospital got an endoscopy machine and a surgeon. The machine was inaugurated yesterday.

Bhutan-China boundary talks

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The 10th Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Bhutan-China boundary was held in Kunming, China from April 6-9. The Bhutanese delegation was led by Letho Tobdhen Tangbi, Secretary  of the International Boundaries, and the Chinese delegation was led by Hong Liang, Director

Stray dogs terrify Kanglung residents

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Kanglung hospital recorded 104 dog bite cases last year. In the last three months, the hospital provided anti-rabies vaccine to 81 dog bite victims.  Data review indicates dog bite cases are increasing. In the last nine days, 10 individuals visited the hospital  for anti-rabies vaccine.

Citizen fingerprint database to ease solving crimes and more

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In the past five years, police headquarters received 252 cases for fingerprint identification. Out of which, 81 matched those in their database of over 40,000 fingerprints. However, there were 91 that did not match and 72 fingerprints were unfit for comparison. 

Six-year-old beaten by a teacher

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A six-year-old student studying in class one in Dipujhora ECR, Norbugang under Samtse dzongkhag was beaten by her class teacher on April 6 afternoon.