• MoE studying cut off options for class X

    The education ministry is studying how best to remove the cut-off point for Class X students and enable them to continue studying until Class XII.  Education minister Jai Bir Rai said that the study is likely to take about six months to complete. “We should be able to roll out the programme latest by 2020,” he said. 

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Govt. to buy back unsold cardamom from farmers

he dzongkhags need to submit the list of farmers willing to sell their produce to the government by December 14

Just as farmers were anxiously waiting for the cardamom price to improve and its export hassles resolved, the government has announced that it would buy back the unsold stock from farmers across the country. With cardamom-marketing season at its peak, farmers of Chudzom gewog, one of the highest cardamom-producing places …

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Bhutan Foundation donates USD 0.52M to Bhutan for Life 

Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck, the Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation handed over a cheque worth USD 520,000 to the Chairman of Bhutan For Life and agriculture secretary Rinzin Dorji in a simple ceremony on December 11. To ensure that Bhutan remains economically and environmentally sustainable, the government …

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Buckling under the burden of NCDs

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are estimated to account for 69 percent of all deaths in Bhutan making it the leading cause of all preventable deaths, according to WHO NCD country profile, 2018. This was shared at a high-level advocacy for parliamentarians and key stakeholders for accelerating prevention and control of NCDs in Bhutan …

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Rotary Club donates health equipment worth over Nu 10M

The Rotary Club (RC) of Thimphu in collaboration with the RC of Taichung East, Taiwan through the global grant handed over a high-tech laser and associated equipment worth Nu10.475 million (M) to health ministry in Thimphu yesterday. The grant components include acupulse CO2 laser, sinus instrument, sinus scope, inbound training, …

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Up-scaling disaster preparedness in the country

Equipment for installation of the business continuity plan in Bumthang

There has recently been a lot of reports about impending earthquake in the Himalayas. News spread after scientists and researchers, including those from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bengaluru, India forewarned about the possibility of an earthquake of 8.5 or more in the near future. In the …

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Samkhar gewog has the highest number of biogas plants in Trashigang

Rinchen Wangpo is one of the first recipients of the biogas plants in the village

For the last three years, Ugyen Wangdi a farmer from Bikhar-Domkhar chiwog in Trashigang has not refilled his liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder. His firewood consumption of about three bolero pickup loads has also halved. This reduction in the consumption of LPG cylinders and firewood according to him is because …

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Seminar held on health and rural development

Participants visit Gakid village in Thinleygang and Samtengang village in Nysiho gewog to collect data

Kyoto University and Sherubtse College jointly organised the 42nd Southeast Asia Seminar on “Health and Rural Development based on the concept of Gross National Happiness” from December 6-12. A press release from Sherubtse College states the seminar focused on health challenges, agriculture development, and community vitality as a result of …

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Samtse excited to host 111th National Day celebrations

A dress rehearsal for the National Day celebrations was held in Samtse yesterday

People in Samtse are ecstatic and looking forward to the 111th National Day celebration on December 17. Many waited to watch the dress rehearsal until evening yesterday that was practised at the newly laid astro turf below the dzong. Starting from a chipdrel ceremony until the closing, all activities were rehearsed in sequence. …

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The govt’s stand on BBIN is neutral: PM 

The government’s plan to reconsider the controversial motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) has revived the debate over whether Bhutan should join the sub-regional group.  Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, which had largely remained silent on the BBIN debate earlier, after forming the government said that the BBIN …

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Food, fun, and fair festival in Samtse concludes today 

In a build up to the 111th National Day celebrations, a food, fun, and fair festival was organised at the Dhamdum Industrial Park, which saw visitors from both Samtse and across the border

The otherwise quiet and serene Dhamdum Industrial Park (DIP) in Samtse is not itself for the last three days. A loud music is on. A master of ceremony (MC) shouts even louder into the microphone to attract customers to a dart game. In a build-up to the 111th National Day …

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Prevalence of blindness decreases by 33 percent since 2009

Untreated cataract and uncorrected refractive error are major causes of visual impairment in the country, according to the findings of the second rapid assessment of avoidable blindness in Bhutan. The study was done from December 2017 to February 2018. According to health officials, cataract is treatable with surgery and refractive …

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BCCI signs MoU with sector associations to develop private sector 

There are about 11 sector associations in the private sector today

To support private sector development, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and BCCI Committee of Sector Association (BCSA) in Thimphu yesterday. The MoU aims to strengthen and improve cooperation among private sectors in the country. BCCI’s Secretary General Sangay Dorji said …

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