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The case of the 108 missing barrels of bitumen

When the announcement from the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) rewarding Nu 100,000 for information leading to the theft of 108 barrels of bitumen was made in the media last November, many wondered why the information mandated such a huge reward. Almost four months after the two truckloads of bitumen reportedly …

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All class X pass students will be enrolled in class XI

Starting this academic session, all class X students who pass the board examination will be enrolled in class XI, the education minister JB Rai clarified, amid confusions surrounding the cut-off points. However, with the decision, it is still unclear whether the cut off point for class X students stays or …

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Loan repayment deferred for Bhutanese in Japan

In what could come as a relief to Bhutanese in Japan, under the “earn and learn” programme, and their parents, the government has decided to defer the loan repayment time by two to four years. The decision was made during a recent meeting, which the labour minister, Ugyen Dorji announced …

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Manav Dhingra refutes ACC findings 

The head of operations for International Institute of Hospitality and Wellness Studies (IIWS), Manav Dhingra has refuted the allegations and findings of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) investigation on corrupt practices in the overseas employment programme in India. The findings established that IIWS bagged tenders repeatedly for training and placements of …

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Govt. to allow entry of regional tourists through all border towns

The National Assembly yesterday endorsed entry and exit of regional tourists through the border towns of Samdrupjongkhar, Gelephu, Samtse, Nganglam, and Panbang. Currently, Phuentsholing is the only entry point for regional tourists. However, entry and exit would be allowed from these points with a condition that the tourists use Bhutanese vehicles and …

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Suung-joen app operation will take time: MoIC Minister 

Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi

Information and Communications minister Karma Donnen Wangdi has said that it might take five years for the Suung-joen app to be fully operational across 20 dzongkhags. He was responding to a question from Bumdeling Jamkhar MP Dupthob during the Question Hour at the National Assembly yesterday on when the government …

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Wage rate to be revised to at least Nu 450

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering

The national minimum wage could increase up to Nu 450 a day as the government had pledged, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said yesterday. Prime minister said that the fourth pay commission would come up with recommendations. Based on their recommendations, possibilities would be explored to increase the wage rate …

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When Lochoe turns vegetarian

Helpers prepare the vegetables for the lochoe

It is Aum Dorji Dem’s annual lochoe tomorrow. The family had gathered at their paternal house in Rithang-wog village in Dangchu. Some had travelled from Thimphu. It is late evening. Surprisingly, apart from relatives chattering on updates in their lives and the snow at Dochula, the evening is not busy. The monks …

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Vehicles can reach Sakteng by next month

Works along the 11.5km GC road began in November 2015

With the construction works along the 11.50km gewog centre road in Sakteng scheduled to complete by July this year, vehicles can soon reach Sakteng, the last gewog in Trashigang waiting to be connected with a gewog road. Department of Roads (DoR) officials said that the finishing of the gewog road …

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NEC to submit third National Communication report this year

National Environment Commission (NEC) is expected to submit the Third National Communication (TNC) report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) soon. The first and second was submitted in 2000 and 2011 after Bhutan joined UNFCCC in 1995. TNC is an obligation under UNFCCC. It is the report about …

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Recovering through Buddhism

Kencho volunteering with kids in Himachal Pradesh after taking one month monk’s vows (Photo: Shenphen Zangpo)

Twenty-three-year-old Kencho Dorji identifies himself as someone who will have to live with the tag of a recovering addict throughout his life. But that is still better than being called an addict, he said. Kecho Dorji had been into drugs and alcohol for about nine years until he found help …

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Communication facilities need to be improved to manage disasters

A simulation exercise in Thimphu last year (Photo: Save the Children)

While there is much to do on disaster risk management, one of the top priorities should be setting proper communication system with adequate infrastructure. Disaster risk reduction project manager of Save the Children Bhutan Country Office Karma Doma Tshering said some agencies have equipment but they are of different make …

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