LG leaders want Paro valley development plan reviewed

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Four years since local leaders implemented the Paro Valley Development Plan (PVDP), the guiding framework for Paro’s development and land use for 20 years, local leaders have been discussing it in every dzongkhag tshogdu (DT).

Samdrupjongkhar lifts lockdown, activates zoning system

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Samdrupjongkhar Covid-19 taskforce announced yesterday that the zoning system would be activated in the throm up to Pinchina checkpoint beginning today until further notice. 

25 more electric charging stations by June

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Come June, 25 quick charging stations will be installed in six dzongkhags for electric vehicles (EV), according to a project official.   Fifteen fast chargers of 120 kilowatt (kW) and 10 semi-fast chargers of 22kW will be distributed in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Haa, and Chukha. The 10 semi fast chargers will be installed based on priority. 

Shift in current horticulture practices urged for increased production 

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Given Bhutan’s location in the Himalayas with rich natural resources and adjustability for climate change resilience  in different elevations, the country’s  horticultural production could be doubled. 

Samkhar community pays for school cook

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Community members in Samkhar village of Jigmecholing gewog, Sarpang, came together and contributed some money voluntarily to pay the salary of a cook for two months in Samkhar extended classroom (ECR) this year.

Octogenarian fills potholes in Thimphu

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For the past three years, Nakho, 81, had been filling potholes of Dechhog Lam and Dechhen Lam in Langjophaka, Thimphu. He also fills potholes on roads towards Taba, Jungshina and Hejo.

Inmates of open-air prison in Tareythang engage in violent brawl

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Inmates of an open-air prison (OAP) in Tareythang, Sarpang, are in quarantine to be sent back to prisons in Trashigang and Thimphu after the inmates engaged in a violent brawl last week.

Serigithang gewog officials want Sergithang-Burichhu bypass to be blacktopped

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Citing deteriorating road condition of Sergithang-Burichhu bypass in Tsirang, which was laid with granular sub-base (GSB) last year, gewog officials said the bypass should be blacktopped.

Mass testing round two begins in P’ling tomorrow

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After reporting positive cases from the community in the past two days, Phuentsholing residents will undergo a second round of mass testing from tomorrow until May 13, according to the Southern Covid-19 taskforce.  

Trashigang residents concerned over increasing Covid-19 cases in Samdrupjongkhar 

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The emergence of more Covid-19 cases in Samdrupjongkhar is worrying residents in neighbouring Trashigang.  Shopkeepers said there was no change in the movement of people and businesses are operating unhindered but customers have dropped to half due to pandemic.

Youth group takes up agriculture in Sarpang

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Ten class 12 graduates are currently working with P.K organic farm in Samtenling, Sarpang, to learn the basics of commercial farming practically.

Without tourism, people in Damchena are struggling to manage their ponies  

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With decreasing apple yield and vegetables lost to wild animals, people in Damchena, Paro, thrived on porter-pony business for more than 15 years.  The village with 20 households has more than 300 ponies, catering to tourists.

New Changjiji Bazam opens

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The new bridge that connects Changjiji to the Expressway was completed almost after 13 months. The Dash Group Construction handed over 29-metre Bazam to the Thimphu Thromde in March this year. Thimphu Thromde had to close the old bridge in June 2018 for the safety of the commuters.