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To commemorate the listing of March 7, 1971's speech of Bangladesh's founding father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the Memory of the World Register, an event was held at the Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu yesterday. UNESCO listed the speech in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register on October 30 this year. In the 20 minutes ...

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Corporate JDWNRH no more.

The National Assembly yesterday snubbed the government's move to corporatise Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital . With a majority vote, the Assembly's decision endorsed the Opposition's motion to stop the corporatisation of JDWNRH with immediate effect. Reaching this decision was​,​ however​,​ ...

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NA resolves to not corporatise JDWNRH.

Health minister says the committee formed to study the proposal will now be dissolved  Through a majority vote, the National Assembly yesterday decided to not corporatise the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. Opposition MP from Panbang, Dorji Wangdi, moved a motion recommending the government to ...

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Exhibition to empower women.

Respect, Educate, Nurture, and Empower Women displayed more than 30 recycled handicraft items at the Royal University of Bhutan auditorium  to celebrate the international day for elimination of violence against women. The exhibition will continue until tomorrow. Sixteen individuals –four men and 12 women, including ...

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S/jongkhar residents request for additional constituencies.

People from eight gewogs of Samdrupjongkhar requested the Election Commission of Bhutan to increase the number of constituencies in the dzongkhag. The request was made during a public delimitation hearing of the National Assembly that the ECB held on December 20. Lauri gewog mangmi, Tenzin Norzang, said that since the 11 ...

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Trashigang local leaders welcome PSL policy.

Local leaders in Trashigang are happy that the central bank will launch a priority sector lending policy next month. As a dzongkhag driven by agricultural activities, commercial farming and large-scale agricultural and livestock practices in the dzongkhag remained restricted until now because of lack of access to finance. ...

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Woman falls into a manhole.

A 41-year-old woman from Gelephu is recovering at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital after she fell into an open sewerage manhole in Rabdeyling, Gelephu. The woman and her two friends were on an evening walk around the area on November 16 when she fell into the manhole, which was dug to connect ...

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NC endorses LLDC international think tank.

With all 21 members present voting in favour, the National Council unanimously ratified the multilateral agreement for the establishment of think tank for landlocked developing countries yesterday. The agreement will now be submitted to His Majesty The King for royal assent to complete the ratification process. Foreign ...

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BoB prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Marking its 50th anniversary, Bank of Bhutan, the oldest bank in the country, will hold a year-long celebration starting January 2018 to initiate sustainable and meaningful activities to benefit the mass involving employees, clients, and the community. A logo to mark the event was launched yesterday followed by a press ...

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Youth unemployment rate reaches 13.2 percent.

Overall unemployment rate decreases to 2.1 percent according to the draft LFSR 2016 Although the overall unemployment rate has decreased from 2.5 percent in 2015 to 2.1 percent in 2016 as per the draft Labour Force Survey Report 2016, youth unemployment rate has increased by 2.6 percent. The Economic and Private Sector ...

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Although the National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo pled and reminded members to deliberate on the issue being tabled, the house was still unable to complete its discussions on yesterday's agenda

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Postal ballot could be cast at place of residence

The Election Commission of Bhutan has endorsed the reform to enhance voter turn out In what is considered to be one of the major reforms in Postal Ballot voting in the country, the Election Commission of Bhutan has introduced a new postal voting system that will enable postal voters, their spouses and dependents to ...

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DoR must work together with LG – MoWHS minister

Although Department of Roads implement road works including surveys, budgeting, monitoring they also have to consult, and address issues collectively and with the Local Government , according to the works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden. Lyonpo said this in response to Dophuchen-Tading MP Tek Bahadur Subba's ...

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The first POL service center inaugurated

The first Petroleum Oil and Lubricants service center was inaugurated in Drakten Gewog, Trongsa on November 18. The center benefiting 600 households sells POL services, basic agriculture tools, farm machinery and spare parts to enhance agricultural activities. The service center is expected to save time and cost for farmers ...

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A schizophrenic son and a helpless family

The last two days have been hectic for 66-year-old Mon Maya. Besides her regular household chores, she has to keep checking on her son. Her son, Bir Bahadur Tamang, 30, lies asleep under a thin blanket in a small compartment adjacent to their house in Rangthaling, Tsirang. Few planks serve as a bed on the ...

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Australia Awards is for Bhutan, not for individuals

The prestigious Australia Awards scholarship is for Bhutan and not for individuals, according to AA's team leader for South and West Asia, Tony Crooks. He said this during an AA scholarship's pre-departure briefing for 28 awardees on November 21 in Thimphu. The AA is a scholarship granted as Australia's long-term commitment ...

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Improving benefits of the instructors

Education Minister Norbu Wangchuk said that an endorsement proposal to include non-formal education and Early Childhood Care and Development centre's instructors a part of the civil servants and to place them at grade S5A was submitted to the Royal Civil Service Commission . This was in response to the concerns about ...

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Bhutan to open consulate office in Guwahati

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Bhutan-India relationship, Bhutan will open office of the consulate general in Guwahati next year. Foreign minister Damcho Dorji said this during the question answer session in response to Kengkhar-Weringla MP Rinzin Jamtsho's question on when the office would be opened at the ...

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BHTF prepares to replenish fund

The donation of Nu 10 million that His Holiness the Je Khenpo presented to the health ministry on November 11 will go to Bhutan Health Trust Fund . BHTF's programme officer, Lhaksam Chedrup, said BHTF organised a special Move for Health lottery in collaboration with Bhutan Lottery Limited for yearly steady income to finance ...

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NA seeks update on NCWC's initiatives

Gender equality and women empowerment, as 10th National Key Result Area has been incorporated in the 12th Plan, works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden, said at the National Assembly on November 21. Lyonpo Dorji Choden who is also the chairperson of National Commission for Women and Children said this in response ...

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NA endorses creation of stabilisation fund

But guidelines on its implementation are still being drafted A stabilisation fund worth Nu 100M as seed money will be instituted beginning next year to maintain macroeconomic stability and achieve a desired level of economic growth. A stabilisation fund is a mechanism set up by a government or central bank to insulate the ...

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Sanitation woes

It took a long time for Bhutan to acknowledge the benefits of sanitation and hygiene. The sight of public toilets filled with stones and sticks, overflowing with faeces and a dry taps​ ha​ve been an eyesore to those who need ​to use a rest room. While we do blame culture to an extent, as we ...

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Construction of Southern East-West Highway to resume

While widening works on the Northern East-West Highway is likely to take time Although security concerns remain, the government will soon start the 15km road construction from Rishore in Dewathang towards Khalatsho as a part of 68km Southern East-West Highway, works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden said. The ...

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ASAB discuss concerns

At a meeting yesterday, Automobile Sectors Association of Bhutan raised issues like waste management at workshops, traffic regulation, space congestion, and high tenancy rent, among others. Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee stressed on the importance of segregating dry and wet waste and community ownership to reduce waste that is sent ...

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Her Majesty the Gyalyam Sangay Choden Wangchuck and HRH Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck met the people of Gasa on November 19 as part of a high level advocacy tour on public health and social issues. The tour ends today.

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Approaching tshechu keeps tailors busy

As tshechu draws near, tailors of Trashigang are working late into the night. It's almost midnight and Sangay Dorji is still on his machine, sewing the third gho of the day. The 30-year-old tailor has started working overtime. During this time of the year, Sangay Dorji opens his shop at around 7am and closes only ...

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BCCI meets with business community of Phuentsholing

At the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry's familiarization meeting yesterday, representatives from the private sector in Phuentsholing underlined several issues related to doing business. In terms of export-oriented business, Tika Sharma from RSA private limited said Country of Origin Certificate has been the problem ...

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AUD 520,000 for WFP and people with disabilities

The Australian government yesterday gave AUD 400,000 to promote the rights of people with disability and AUD  120,000 to support the national school-feeding programme in the country. Australian ambassador to Bhutan, Harinder Sidhu, who handed over the cheques to the UN resident coordinator in Bhutan, Gerald Daly, and ...

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Legal committee reviews thromde laws

A special committee of legal experts has been tasked to review and harmonies the conflicting laws related to thromde, according to works and human settlement minsiter Dorji Choden. At the National Assembly's question-answer session yesterday, Drametse-Ngatshang MP Ugyen Wangdi asked the minister about the implementation of ...

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Specialised construction firms to be recognised

Ministry of Works and Human Settlement will soon facilitate contract specialisation to address the slacking quality of construction and give due recognition to contract firms with specialisation. Specialisation happens when some construction companies specialise in doing one part of the task and relies on other specialised ...

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Children's Parliament to stay

NC and Opposition express reservations The National Assembly yesterday decided to continue with the Bhutan Children's Parliament, an initiative of the Election Commission of Bhutan , although Opposition members argued in favour of scrapping it. The House was divided between the government and the Opposition when Education ...

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The Chairman of Centre for Studies in Social Science, Kolkata, Jawhar Sircar, spoke on How Buddhist records helped recreate the history of India' at the India House Estate yesterday in Thimphu. The India-Bhutan Foundation organsied the talk.

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BEAR team rescues bear attack victim

The Bhutan Emergency Aeromedical Retrieval team evacuated a man who was mauled by a bear from Buli basic health unit in Zhemgang yesterday. According to the BHU's health assistant , Bijay Darlami Thapa, the incident happened between 10 and 11am yesterday when the man, who is originally from Thrisa in Upper Kheng but ...

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Bikes to enhance patrolling in S/Jongkhar

To enhance efficient and effective patrolling and minimise crimes, the Samdrupjongkhar thromde provided seven bicycles to the Royal Bhutan Police . Thrompon, Karma Sherab Tobgyel, said that as per the proposal submitted by RBP, the thromde tshogde approved Nu 300,000 to procure the bicycles last year but the procurement ...

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Photo exhibition marks World Children's Day

To mark the World Children's Day, a two-day photo exhibition 'The World Around Us: A Photo Exhibition by the children, for the children' opened at the Royal Textile Academy in Thimphu, yesterday. Over 40 photographs taken by a group of adolescents are displayed at the exhibition to celebrate their creative spirit. The ...

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Action plan to prevent newborn deaths and stillbirths

Preterm death accounts for 37 percent of neonatal mortality in the country Born at six months, his son weighed only 900 grams. Samten said his son could fit in the palms of his hands. As a parent I did not see any hope of my baby's survival. I had given up but my baby survived.' ...

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NA passes Bhutan-Bangladesh double tax avoidance agreement

The National Assembly endorsed the double taxation avoidance agreement between Bhutan and Bangladesh yesterday. Signed during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Bhutan in April 2017, the agreement plans to do away with double taxation of incomes between the two countries. In the presence of 38 MPs, the ...

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Revised fares for public transport from Dec 1

The revised fares for public transport that the Road Safety and Transport Authority has worked out following the drop in price of petrol and diesel will come into effect from December 1. Revised fare for taxis is less by Nu 2 a kilometre within a district and Nu 1 a Km for journey ...

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64-year-old arrested for molesting minor

Phuentsholing police has forwarded to the Office of Attorney General , a case involving a 64-year-old man who is accused of molesting a 13-year-old student in Pasakha. The man runs a restaurant at a settlement near the Bhalujhora Bridge in Pasakha. Officer commanding in Pasakha, Phurba Gyeltshen said the man has confessed ...

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Media houses blamed for not participating in circulation audit

In six months, remote homes without network to access Bhutan Broadcasting Service television would get the service for free, the information and communications minister DN Dhungyel said at the National Council yesterday. The minister after introducing the Bhutan Information Communications and Media Bill, 2017 was quizzed by ...

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Potato farmers from across the country have been waiting since last month to auction their produce in Phuentsholing. Lack of space at the Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited auction yard has resulted in farmers storing their potatoes by the roadside.

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Arunachal Governor flags off Indo-Bhutan friendship car rally

The Governor expressed the hope that the event will help in cementing the age-old relationship and friendship between India and Bhutan. Stating that Arunachal Pradesh shares 160 km of international border with Bhutan, the Governor pointed out that the rally will enhance people-to-people contacts between India and Bhutan.

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Stakeholders discuss National Sports Policy

Bhutanese athletes have brought home more than 180 medals from the international and regional competitions. Sports and competence level have witness commendable growth over the years. Yet, the country does not have a national sports policy. At the first multi-sectoral meeting held in preparation for the national sports ...

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Trashigang's lone pharmapreneur

An elderly woman walks into the medical shop in town. She approaches the pharmacist quietly and askes for an ointment. She describes the ointment for cuts and burns. The pharmacist shows her a blue tube and says that it's the same medicine. The woman inspects the medicine, tries to open and smell it. Are you ...

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Technical glitch grounds KB400

Drukair's flight KB400, which was supposed to fly to Kathmandu, Nepal at 11:40 hours on November 18 from Paro, was cancelled because of a technical fault. The flight was cancelled from flying after technical fault was detected before flying on the ground. The passengers had to wait for about an hour until the problem was ...

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Mongar, first to achieve open defecation free status

Fifteen gewogs from five dzongkhags were recognised for achieving the status of open defecation free and 100 percent improved sanitation coverage during the World Toilet Day in Trongsa yesterday. Bartsham, Yangnyer, Lumang, and Kangpara gewogs from Trashigang, Silambi, Gongdu, and Dremetsi gewogs from Mongar, Langchenphu, ...

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Action plan framed to ensure rational use of antibiotics

Despite launching several initiatives to address antimicrobial resistance , inadequate coordination among programmes and sectors resulted in the weak implementation of the activities. It has been found that activities were not carried out in a systematic manner and multi-sectoral collaboration was weak because of lack of ...

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Teacher arrested for alleged molestation

Police in Gelephu arrested a teacher from one of the remote schools in the dzongkhag for allegedly molesting five students aged 12 to 14. The name of the school is withheld in the interest of the students. Police in Gelephu said that volunteers of a non-governmental organisation, RENEW, reported the matter to them after ...

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Making wood construction products accessible

The new wood joinery unit, seasoning kiln, and sales and customer service counter at Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited in Thimphu will provide value addition to the less preferred wood species, make wood construction materials accessible, and enhance efficient service delivery to the public. NRDCL is an ...

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Lack of development initiatives behind decrease in non-hydro debt: Opposition

Although the government is taking credit for a decrease in non-hydro debt, the Opposition has cited lack of initiatives from the government to start even a single major infrastructure project as the reason behind the decrease. During the last four and a half years, non-hydro debt decreased by Nu 6 billion , from 40B to ...

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