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Bhutan wins Earth Award

Bhutan was awarded the Earth Award at a ceremony in ITB (International Tourism Bourse) in Berlin, Germany on March 7. Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) director, Chhimmy Pem, said the Tourism Council of Bhutan was delighted to receive this prestigious award that was initiated to recognise and appreciate tourism destinations …

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Provident fund scheme mandatory for private firms: MoLHR

All organisations in the private sector should start provident fund (PF) scheme for their employees latest by May 31 this year, either with the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan or Bhutan Insurance Limited, the labour ministry has notified. Department of labour’s director, Sonam Wangdi, said that as per Section 99 …

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His Majesty grants Audience to youth

His Majesty The King granted an Audience to a group of youth participating in the Earn and Learn programme yesterday. The 359 participants who have completed a basic Japanese language course in Thimphu will leave for Japan as soon as they secure funding from financial institutions to join language institutes …

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Former RICBL ED moves court; CEO appeals to labour ministry

The former executive director (ED) of Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Limited (RICBL), Sonam Dorji, took the RICBL’s board to the Thimphu dzongkhag court last month for unlawfully sending him on retirement. Court officials from the Civil Bench said that the preliminary hearing was conducted on February 27, and the …

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Cross border electricity trade issues under review

GoI’s guidelines on cross border electricity trade has affected Dagachhu and Khonlongchhu projects The government of India has formed a committee to review issues arising from its guidelines  cross border electricity trade, economic affairs minister Lekey Dorji said at the meet the press session yesterday. He said that the Indian …

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26 truckers denied permit to transport sand

The supply of sand has not been interrupted according to NRDCL

Twenty-six truckers have been suspended from carrying sand after they stopped ferrying sand after the introduction of the new sand supply system. The Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) introduced the system on January 1. According to NRDCL officials, the office would issue the permit only on production of security …

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Govt. assures support to promote Dzongkha

Survey finds only 10 percent of the 43 government offices use Dzongkha in official correspondence The government will re-enforce the resolution of the 84th session of the National Assembly 2005, which resolved that all conferences and public meetings must be conducted in the national language, Dzongkha, even if there are …

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BHUTAN-1 ready to be delivered for launch

From left - Four space engineers from Bhutan - Pooja Lepcha, Cheki Dorji, Yeshey Choden, and Kiran Kumar Pradhan assembled the nanosat in Japan

Hitting a milestone in the history of space science and technology in Bhutan, the country’s first cubesat BHUTAN-1 is ready for delivery to the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for launch. The news was shared during a press conference via video conferencing for cubesat Flight Model (FM) delivery organised by …

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Actions taken to improve school feeding

The government spends Nu 1,000 a student a month on school meals (Photo: Kuenzang Deki, MoE)

Following the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) recommendations on the school-feeding programme in 16 schools last year, the education ministry has begun the management of an action plan. The report stated that students in boarding schools are not eating the right or good food and observed lack of standard dietary requirement …

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