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ADB provides USD 35M in grant for two projects

Finance minister Namgay Tshering and ADB’s Country Director Kanokpan Lao-Araya sign the agreements.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a grant of USD 35M for health sector development and expanding technical and vocational education system in the country. The grant agreements were signed between the finance minister and ADB’s Country Director yesterday. The grant of USD 20M will be used for health …

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DNT to elect new party president 

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) wants its terms of reference finalised for its party president to follow before electing a new president. The party has said that handing over the post to a new president will enable the current party president and Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering, to focus on …

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Dhamdum Industrial Park approves 21 projects 

Completed and ready: DIP office in Samtse

The department of industries (DoI) with the economic affair ministry has approved 21 plots for various business activities at the Dhamdum Industrial Park (DIP) in Samtse to date, officials confirmed. Officials said 31 people had proposed for plots but only forest and agro-based and services related projects have been allotted …

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Changing the education system

The talk making the rounds is that soon Saturday classes could be done away with. Education Minister himself has laid it out on the line. This, he said, was the priority of the government to encourage progressive learning. No classes on Saturday means more time with oneself, which should be …

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A fire damaged the agriculture marketing shed, B-COOP near the Centenary Farmers Market in Thimphu yesterday evening. The fire that started around 5:45pm  was contained by 6:30pm

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Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Gold Cup returns 

Phuentsholing will this winter host one of the most sought-after football championships, the Jigme Wangchuck Gold Cup, which was on hold since 2006. The championship was popular among football enthusiasts from Sikkim, Kalimpong, Nepal, and Bhutan. Started in 1987, the Jigme Wangchuck Gold Cup was an annual football championship that …

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Enrollment declines in primary schools

At least five students (PP-VI) in primary and secondary schools left school every day in the last one year. According to the annual education statistics, the enrolment of students in primary and secondary schools decreased by 1,886 students in 2018.

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  Even with a double-storied parking, Trashigang town was overwhelmed with traffic during the recent tshechu that was held from November 15 to 20

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Hydropower loan forms 94 percent of INR debt

Hydropower loans, which account for 94 percent of rupee debt and almost 70 percent of the total outstanding external debt of Nu 172B as of March this year, is bloating the country’s debt. The 12th Plan targets to lower the debt to GDP ratio to 61 percent from 115. One of …

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Yeshey Lhamo who runs Kukham Wellness, a spa, in Lobesa, Punakha was awarded Nu 500,000 without any collateral from the Bank of Bhutan. The business proposal was chosen out of three proposals made by entrepreneurs who attended the BoB Empowering Entrepreneur programme in June this year as part of the …

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Draft action plan gets a boost

Giving campaign funds is one of the ways to encourage women to contest elections the participants at the two-day third national conference on women in politics, leadership and governance, over hundred men and women agreed. “Women should be given additional funding above what would be given to the male contestants,” …

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