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Existing gender equality legislations are gender neutral: draft GEP

The existing legislation on gender equality in the country needs gender mainstreaming as most of the policies and plans are gender neutral and involve inadequate accountability on gender issues according to a desk review conducted for national Gender Equality Policy (GEP). Despite the policy protocol document providing a clear framework …

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Picture story

The road at Teakshingri in Narphung, Samdrupjongkhar, is still closed for traffic after a landslide on August 4 caused the roadblock. Samdrupjongkhar police informed people traveling the Samdrupjongkhar-Trashigang highway that it would take another three to four days to clear the road. Although Project DANTAK is clearing the block, continuous …

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2017 records highest international leisure tourist arrivals

Bhutan recorded the highest international leisure arrivals last year with 62,272 visitors, according to Bhutan Tourism Monitor 2017. This represents a growth in international leisure arrivals of 14.1 percent over the previous year. Of the 71,417 international arrivals, 9,145 were official and business arrivals. More than half of the international …

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Party conventions – more than endorsing office bearers?

Dubbed the country’s biggest multi-purpose hall, the RIM hall in Thimphu has become a platform for political parties to showcase their support base in the form of crowd just ahead of the National Assembly elections. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is organising a second party convention in nine months today at …

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High Court acquits two in DeSuung fund embezzlement case

In a complete overhaul of judgment, the High Court’s bench three on August 2 acquitted a Royal Bhutan Army Major Sigay Tshewang and a non-commissioned officer, Pelpon Nima Gyeltshen, who were convicted by the Army court for embezzling DeSuung training funds in 2013. The court reviewed eight issues and scrutinised whether the …

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The theme of upcoming election

The theme of the nation is election. It matters to the Bhutanese because who we elect to the government is about Bhutan. The government that bowed out this week after a five-year term has come in for a lot of stick. What this indicates is that the people expected more …

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Biggest problem in the country today is corruption: Opposition

Corruption was one of the biggest problems the country faced in the last five years, the opposition said at its last press conference on July 31 in Thimphu. Citing the findings of the study conducted by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on rampant corruption in the road sector, former opposition MP …

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Several blocks open to traffic across the country

The block at Ossey alone the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway is yet to clear

Except for the roadblock at Ossey in Sarpang, several roadblocks across the country opened to traffic yesterday. The block at Ossey along the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway is yet to clear. Landslides and falling boulders have washed away the road width and blocked traffic since  August 2 evening. Department of roads’ chief …

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Complainant against DPT coordinator arrested

Phuentsholing police has arrested the businessman, who complained against the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) coordinator of threat and had him arrested. He was detained on the evening of August 2 for making threats to the DPT coordinator. Following a complaint lodged by the businessman on July 24, police arrested the …

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PDP’s culture pledges remains largely unfulfilled

During the last government’s tenure, renovation of over 2,000 choetens across the country and several construction of dzongs were some of major achievements in the culture sector. However, People’s Democratic Party’s pledges such as making Dzongkha IT-friendly and incorporating dying languages in the school and college syllabus remain unfulfilled. PDP …

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Sessions to start a business begins at the startup centre

More than 15 interested startups and entrepreneurs attends the first session

Startups and entrepreneurs were made aware on how to start a business, licensing procedures and Priority Sector Lending (PSL) during the first session on how to start a business held at the newly established startup centre at Changzamtog, Thimphu, yesterday. The session was organised as part of department of cottage …

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