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A much needed reform begins.

Yearender | Education: As the nation observed Teacher's Day in May, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay flanked by other Cabinet ministers waited in queue to receive over 1,400 teachers at the Royal Institute of Management.

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An eventful year for tourism.

Yearender | Tourism: Increasing regional tourists and the proposed closure of Taktshang monastery were some of the major issues the tourism sector faced during the fire Monkey year.

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A fruitful year for Parliament.

Yearender |  Parliament: The last two sessions of Parliament were largely fruitful both in terms of fostering democratic practices and enactment of laws.

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ACC's snail pace.

Human resource shortcomings plague investigating agency Yearender |  Corruption: The Anti-Corruption Commission's pro-activeness was questioned in the last year, as a result of its, as many perceived, snail pace on several cases.

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CCTVs watch over Thimphu.

… in a bid to further reduce crime Yearender |  Crime: The past five years saw a drastic drop in crime rates in the country from 4,697 cases in 2011 to 2,055 in 2015. Battery and assault remained the top crimes committed in the country in 2015, followed by larceny, and then crimes related to drugs.

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Bhutan's Crowning Glory launched.

Book: Dedicated to His Majesty's 37th Birth Anniversary, a book documenting Bhutan's journey after His Majesty The King was enthroned was launched on February 22.

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Contemporary Bhutnaese artists carve out a niche.

Yearender | ARTS & Culture: The Fire Male Monkey Year saw development of art and culture in the country. Art exhibitions and some of the memorable art and literary festivals such as the Mountain Echoes brought together talented artists from both within and outside the country.

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A productive year for agriculture.

Yearender | Agriculture: The agriculture sector, that 58 percent of the population depends on for their livelihood, experienced some major milestones in the year of the Monkey.

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The year of the Fire Female Bird.

As the year of the Monkey gave us His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, ensuring the continuity of the Wangchuck Dynasty, the bird will see the birth of more boys.

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Picture story.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay attended the opening of a three-day programme showcasing local products of small start-up businesses at the Clock Tower Square yesterday

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JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 5 to be flagged-off on Saturday.

Siliguri, Feb 24 As many as 100 top rallyists from around the country will be vying for the top honours when the Biswa Bangla JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 5 gets underway here on Saturday. The rallyists will have to navigate through the mountains in Darjeeling hills and various picturesque routes in Bhutan and Nepal. The format ...

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Time to ‘do the right thing’: former yoga missionary takes aim at Philippine miners

After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness. This is a golden opportunity to do the right thing ... Not everyone has the guts and the wherewithal to stand on big ...

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Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners

After two decades as a yoga missionary, Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness. The post Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners appeared first on Inquirer News.

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Major initiatives announced to mark His Majesty The King's Birth Anniversary

Celebration: The nation came together to celebrate the 37th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The King across the country yesterday.

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Govt. and thromde officials involved in private business?

Private architects and engineers are opposed to the practice  Architecture: Private architects and engineers questioned Thimphu Thromde officials on the legality of government architects and engineers working for private individuals, during their meeting with the thromde on January 27.

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Third edition of Pepsi A-League underway

Basketball: Thimphu Magics pulled off a big upset when the team defeated the defending champions Wizards 61-41 in the opening game of the Pepsi A-League Basketball Championship at the Swimming Pool Complex in Thimphu yesterday.

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DCCL sales and revenue improving

… claims its officials Cement: Despite facing numerous technical challenges, embezzlement cases, losses and other challenges for the last couple of years, Dungsam Cement Corporation Ltd officials claim the company has been doing well since last year.

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Bhutan close to teacher self-sufficiency

Education: Bhutan has made a steady progress by reducing its reliance on expatriate teachers to only 2.6 percent in 2016 from complete dependence in the 1960s.

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Gewog centre roads in Tsirang to be blacktopped by September

Connectivity: All gewog centre roads in Tsirang are expected to be blacktopped by September, according to officials of the Department of Roads .

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Reconsider taxation policy

A debate has been sparked following news that farmers were taxed this year for their cardamom sales.

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Lhuentse plants 355 saplings

Anniversary: A total of 355 saplings were planted in Autsho Central School yesterday to mark His Majesty The King's 37th birth anniversary in Lhuentse.

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Moenlam Chhenmo to commemorate His Majesty The King's Birth Anniversary

Ceremony: Coinciding with the 37th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The King, the first ever Moenlam Chhenmo in Wangduephodrang began at the Tencholing military ground yesterday.

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Rural LPG scheme introduced

… in an effort to encourage rural households to use cleaner fuels Resource: Coinciding with His Majesty The King's Birth Anniversary yesterday, the government distributed Liquid Petroleum Gas cylinders to rural communities in the three dzongkhags of Samtse, Zhemgang and Lhuentse.

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Think tank recommends implementation of BBIN agreement

BBIN: Even as it remains uncertain whether or not Bhutan's Parliament will ratify a motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal , experts and government officials from the sub-region have called for immediate implementation of the ambitious road connectivity plan.

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Illegal transfer of players hampers growth of football

Football: Football in Bhutan is far from becoming professional given the limited resources and talent pool available. While the local games are improving, lack of proper system is hampering the growth of the sport.

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An exhibition portraying the Buddhist hell realms

Art: Fusing traditional and contemporary techniques, Yeshi Palden, a graduate from the National Institute of Zorig Chusum , is displaying his artwork at the Nehru-Wangchuck Cultural Centre in Thimphu.

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Recruitment of matrons and wardens begin

Education: In a move to reduce the workload on teachers, dzongkhag education offices across the country have started recruiting matrons and wardens for schools in their respective areas.

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PM meets with new ADB resident representative

Meeting: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met resident representative/country director designate of the Asian Development Bank Kanokpan Lao-Araya, and director general of the South Asia department, ADB Hun Kim, yesterday, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

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The People's King

As Drukyul celebrates the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, today, all Bhutanese will pray for the good health and long life of His Majesty.

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Oral transmission on Prajnaparamita in Paro

Religion: His Eminence Drupwang Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche will administer an oral transmission of Prajnaparamita, the 'Perfection of Wisdom' from March 1 to 7 in Paro town.

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Power shutdown in Trongsa, Bumthang affects commuters

Electricity: Hundreds of vehicles queued at the Bhutan Oil Corporation in Trongsa to fuel since Saturday morning in absence of electricity to run the pumps.

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The Potential to make farmers happy

Farmers' are the least GNH happy Agriculture is not just an industry for Bhutan but also an important source of culture in Bhutan. If the power of agriculture were to decrease, so would the power of country'.

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City falls in their maiden continental commitment

Football: Thimphu City's prospects to compete in the AFC Cup playoffs ended when the Citizens were handed a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Club Valencia from the Maldives last week at the national stadium in Malé.

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BBS a step closer towards becoming a public service broadcaster

Media: The Ministry of Information and Communications has submitted to the Gross National Happiness Commission a draft national broadcasting policy that seeks to transform the Bhutan Broadcasting Service into a true public service broadcaster'.

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Bhutanese among 50 Most Impactful Green Leaders awardees

Award: The executive director of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature , Dr Kinley Tenzin, was honoured as one of the "50 Most Impactful Green Leaders" during the sixth edition of The World CSR Day held at Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India on February 18.

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Zhemgang fire

Volunteers help to construct two temporary sheds for the two families who lost their homes to a fire on February 18 in Trong Heritage village in Zhemgang.

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Agriculture minister on tour of eastern dzongkhags

Agriculture: Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji launched numerous farming activities during his ongoing tour of the eastern dzongkhags that began on February 12.

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Fighting Noncommunicable diseases

Noncommunicable diseases is one of growing challenges facing the country today. As the country develops, more people will suffer from lifestyle diseases that are already major killers; diseases of affluence cause more than 60 percent of deaths in the country. What is worrying is that even as we have five-year multi-sectoral ...

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Sampheling farmers to take up quinoa farming

Agriculture: It was a proud moment for Sukh Bahadur Rai from Allay in Sampheling gewog, Chukha, when he got an opportunity to share his experience of growing quinoa with officials gathered last week.

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Traffic restrictions on Wangdue bridge

… following a bearing and two metal plates coming out of place Infrastructure: A bearing placed between the deck and the concrete embankment on the north end of the Wangdue bridge has come out since the afternoon of February 18.

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Trucks, geology to blame for poor Panbang-Nganglam highway conditions

Roads: Preliminary findings of the 55km Panbang to Nganglam highway has found that heavy trucks and geological factors are the two reasons for the road disintegrating, according to the expert team that carried out the investigation.

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South Asian nations vow to meet challenges of climate change

Indore, Feb 19 The joint declaration of the South Asian Speakers' Summit on Sunday asserted that the Paris Agreement must continue to be guided by the principles of UN Framework Convention and called for greater cooperation among the member countries to meet the challenges of climate change and related disasters. The South ...

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India, ASEAN telecom ministers to meet on digital connectivity

New Delhi, Feb 19 The Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council is organising an inter-ministerial meeting between Asean countries and India here on Monday to commemorate the 25th year of the Asean-India relations, an official statement said. "Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha will lead the ...

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New measures to improve services at Paro airport

Service: The Department of Air Transport with the information and communications ministry will install a new taxi counter at the Paro International Airport's arrival terminal starting next month.

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Bumthang sees less Black-necked cranes

Arrival of black-necked cranes has drastically decreased compared to last year Conservation: This year, the number of black-necked cranes in Bumthang has decreased drastically while those that arrived have also left their winter grounds much earlier.

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No bridge over Zangthi river until 12th Plan

Infrastructure: Zangthi, Tshothang and Doongmanma chiwogs in Lauri gewog will have to wait until the 12th Plan for their farm roads to be connected with a bridge over the Zangthi river.

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More than 1,000 kilogrammes of chillies seized in four days

BAFRA also collected more than Nu 200,000 as penalty Vegetables: Illegal import of chillies has picked up drastically ever since import of green chillies from India was banned.

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Suspect confesses to murder

Crime: The 22-year-old man, detained by Thimphu police on February 9, suspected to have been involved in the death of a 24-year-old security guard with the Jachung Security Services has confessed to the crime, according to police.

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Closing hearing on counterfeit US dollar case held

The closing hearing was held on February 16 at the Paro dzongkhag court Legal: The prosecutor of the Office of the Attorney General , during the closing hearing of a case involving counterfeit US dollars, submitted that the two defendants be charged for illegal possession of counterfeit notes, at the Paro dzongkhag court ...

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Sober and slow

It is frightening to learn that hundreds of drivers take to the roads without licences. To call the situation appalling would be an overstatement. By right, therefore, we must call attention to the dangers of such unhealthy practices on our roads.

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