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Mistrust between govt. and private sector: MoEA minister

Bhutan slips one position on global competitiveness in 2015  WEF Report: Bhutan ranks 103rd among 147 economies in the global competitiveness report, 2015, which measures how friendly a country is for doing business, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The country, weighed down by challenging economic conditions for the …

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Tingtibi bird festival in October

A feathered friends fest to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Occasion: In what may seem like a feast to birders within and outside the country, a three-day bird festival will be organised from October 29 in Tingtibi, Zhemgang. Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation …

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New road for Haaps

Road: Haa dzongkhag will be better connected and distance shortened with a new proposal to take a bifurcation towards Haa from the ongoing Damchu-Chukha bypass. Prime Minister Thsering Tobgay informed the people of Eusu and Sammar, on Friday, about the government’s plan to construct the 13.1km road that cross the …

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Bhutan contributes USD 1M to Nepal

The medical team will be operating in Lamjung, the epicentre of the quake Relief: Bhutan has contributed Nu 63M (million) or USD 1M to Nepal for rehabilitation efforts following the April 25 earthquake. This is the first time Bhutan has assisted another country with such a significant amount. Prime Minister …

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Garage sale to raise funds for hospital

JDWNRH: A garage sale of secondhand items at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) yesterday earned Nu 31,201 and Nu 3,550 from the sale of baby clothes that was held to help raise money to buy hand-wash detergents for the hospital. Two volunteers with the Japan International Cooperation …

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Tremor interrupts league game

Basketball: Day four of the Thimphu B League basketball tournament was nearly called-off, when a light tremor shook the swimming complex in Thimphu yesterday. The tremor occurred in the final seconds of the second quarter of the game between Effects and Jajins. Screaming, audience and players rushed out of the …

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Bhutan to send medical assistance team to Nepal

This is the first such disaster unit to be deployed outside the country Earthquake: Bhutan will dispatch a medical assistance team, comprising of at least 54 members, to Nepal,  today, following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 25. The team is being deployed on the Royal …

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Wolakha nunnery upgraded to Buddhist College

Religion: Nuns across the country will start studying a curriculum that has been developed for them, and discontinue the one that was developed for monks. The Bhutan Nun Foundation’s patron, Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangden Wangchuck, launched the new curriculum on April 26 at the Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Choeling in …

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Disposal truck breakdown makes a mess of Damphu

Waste: Damphu town in Tsirang may have fallen on the blind spot of the Clean Bhutan movement if its state today is anything to go by. The bus and taxi parking, along with other parts of the town, are strewn with colourful wrappers of candies, chips, noodles and bottles.  Residents …

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Chukha sweeps taekwondo honours

Taekwondo: Chukha dzongkhag’s taekwondo association (TA) won the second national black belt senior and junior taekwondo championship that was organised by Bhutan Taekwondo Federation (BTF) at the swimming pool complex in Thimphu yesterday. The association won eight gold, 11 silver and four bronze medals. Thimphu Private Club came second with …

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