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Visitors to Gasa tshachu increases

Pay and use pond remains under lock and key when there is no user

One of the nine hot spring ponds is a pay and use facility Known for its healing powers, Gasa tshachu (hotspring) attracts about 3,000 visitors every year, making it the most visited places of the country’s largest and least populated district. Located about an hour drive from the dzong, beside …

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His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey visited the Gangtey Sangngak Choeling monastery in Wangduephodrang yesterday. His Majesty granted an audience and tokha to over 5,000 people from seven gewogs, students from nearby schools and monks from the shedra. Sangngak Choeling monastery was …

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Bhutan drops 10 places in media freedom: RSF

No Bhutanese journalists were sent into exile as reported, say journalists  Bhutan’s press freedom ranking fell by 10 places this year according to the 2018 World Press Freedom index. Bhutan ranked 94th out of 180 countries with a score of 30.73 out of a possible 100, a higher score being …

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National Oncology Centre estimated to cost Nu 4.49B

A four-member high-level technical expert from India was in the country this month to discuss the proposal on the National Oncology Centre after the health ministry raised concerns on their expertise on the design, estimation and human resource component. The health ministry in collaboration with the national referral hospital in …

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MoU for Kuri-I yet to be signed

GoI has formed a review team to revise the guidelines on cross border trade of electricity The memorandum of understanding for the 1125MW Kuri-I or Dorjilung project would be signed at an occasion when leaders of all three countries – Bhutan, Bangladesh and India would meet, the economic affairs minister …

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Health ministry steps up measures to ensure patient safety

Following the misconduct of the anesthetic technician at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) earlier this month, the ministry has rolled out the Hospital Management and Administration Transformation (HMAT) initiative in all hospitals and Basic Health Unit (BHU) grade I in the country. HMAT is a management tool …

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Full-scale emergency exercise held at Paro Int’l airport 

A similar exercise involving all stakeholders was done a decade ago Four minutes after 2pm, the green airplane model at Paro international airport is in flames. Soon Paro valley is filled with sirens of emergency vehicles arriving at the scene. While passengers limp out of the plane, security personnel and …

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P/ling depots unable to meet demand for cement

Increasing domestic demand has led to the shortage of cement supply from the main depots of Phuentsholing. Penden Cement Authority Limited’s (PCAL) depot manager in Phuentsholing, Ugyen Tshering, said the shortage is seasonal. “The demand usually is more at this time of the year,” he said. While the demand increases …

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Loan applicants in Tsirang await refund from PDP workers

The two party workers of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are waiting for the National Council election petition period to end so that they could meet the alleged Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Ltd. (REDCL) applicants. One of the party workers involved, Gopal Waiba Lama, said they would conduct a meeting and …

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Standards overlooked in five year plans: BSB

The bureau is working on putting standards at the forefront of all developmental activities in the 12th Plan The 11th Plan document had no reference to standards and standardisation. A vital aspect of quality infrastructure has been overlooked, a recent Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB) study has found. Be it for …

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Third international internet gateway priortised in 12th Plan

Connecting Bhutan to a third international Internet link from Bangladesh is flagged as a priority in the 12th Plan, information and communications minister DN Dhungyel said at the meet the press session yesterday in Thimphu. Efforts and discussions to connect Bhutan to an alternate international Internet gateway from Cox’s Bazaar …

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