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Health minister urges empowerment of the differently-abled 

To observe the international day of persons with disabilities, a wheelchair race for about 16 differently-abled people was held at Doebum Lam near the Memorial Choeten yesterday in Thimphu

There is a need for disabled-friendly infrastructure in Bhutan to make it convenient for differently-abled people. This was evident yesterday when people in wheelchairs had to be carried by three to four men to get them on stage at the faculty of nursing and public health hall in Thimphu during an event to observe the international day of persons with disabilities.

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International Day of People with Disabilities

Students of Wangsel Institute for the Deaf in Paro perform “What a wonderful world” at the Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront to observe the International Day of People with Disabilities today. Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront organised the event to show its solidarity and support for the differently abled communit

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Brick import hitting hard on local producers

Imported bricks are being used in the construction of the extended Thimphu TechPark building

Local brick producers are concernsed about the sustainability of their enterprises if the import of building blocks and bricks from India continues. The import of concrete blocks and bricks for construction of public infrastructure has continued despite a standing government order that requires government agencies and public corporations to use locally produced blocks.

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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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Teacher attrition rate continues to increase

 A total of 355 teachers left the profession between 2017 and 2018, 10 more than last year. With this, 2018 records the highest attrition rate in the last 10 years, according to the 2018 annual education statistics. Of the total teachers who left the profession in the last one year, …

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Govt. plans to align Plan period with electoral cycle

Even as the 12th Plan is being finalised, the government is planning to align Five-Year Plan cycles with each government’s term so that the electoral cycle does not affect development activities. In an interview with Kuensel, foreign minister and government spokesperson Dr Tandi Dorji said that development activities should not come to a standstill whenever a government completes its term. “Our economic development Plan should go by the electoral cycle, not by the timely five-year cycle,” he said.

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Winter session of Parliament to commence on January 2

A meeting of National Assembly members held last week decided to delay the winter session until the end of dhana, the inauspicious month in the Bhutanese calendar. Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel said the upcoming winter session of Parliament, which is the first for the National Assembly, would commence on January 2. The inauspicious period, he said, lasts for two months and have to be observed.

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