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Facilitation booth popular with postal voters

A total of 59,749 people have registered to vote at postal ballot facilitation booths in the upcoming National Council (NC) election, making the facility the most popular with eligible postal voters. The number includes public servants and students, and constitutes 67 percent of 88,915 registered postal voters from the 20 dzongkhags. …

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Schools reminded to reduce students’ bag weight

A survey by the Royal Education Council observed that students were found carrying bags weighing 5kg -10kg, which is in contravention to the recommended load

Given the numerous negative impacts on the physical, psychological and intellectual wellbeing of students, the Royal Education Council (REC) has again issued a circular to dzongkhag and thromde schools to put in place appropriate strategies to reduce the weight of bags students carry to school. The March 23 circular states …

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Nu 10B fiscal incentive granted in 10 years

Fiscal incentives scheme to stimulate economic growth, foster private sector development, and to generate employment has resulted in a revenue loss of Nu 10B in between January 2008 and February 2018. This is according to details for fiscal incentives and tax forgone published by the finance ministry yesterday. The details …

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Flights to Gelephu suspended since February

Operation to Gelephu domestic airport will resume by May 15

Drukair cites wind curfew period for the suspension; operation will resume next month For more than two months, the national airline Drukair has suspended its domestic flight to Gelephu. Flight operations to Gelephu were suspended after operating at government subsidy for three months. After two-years of suspension, the airline resumed …

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Allegations against Tshokey Dorji baseless: ECB

Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) yesterday cleared Thimphu thromde’s National Council (NC) nominee Tshokey Dorji from allegations of having received preferential treatment from the Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) and Bhutan Accreditation Council (BAC). One of the candidates from Thimphu thromde, Sonam Penjor, had filed a complaint with …

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Storm damages at least 87 acres of crops in Sarpang

Farmers collect areca nut from the fallen trees

The wind and hailstorm that struck in two gewogs of Shompangkha and Gakidling Sarpang blew away roofs of six houses and twelve poultry sheds. Among the crops, the storm damaged 8,907 fruit bearing areca nut trees, 9,939 flowering orange trees and 3,757 banana trees. About 174 litchi trees, 64 mango …

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Hailstorm damages crop and property in Sarpang

Yesterday’s hailstorm in Sarpang destroyed crops and caused damage to houses in Shompangkha, Dekiling, and Gakidling. No human casualties have been reported so far.

Hail and windstorm in several gewogs in Sarpang yesterday afternoon damaged crops and property. No casualties or injuries have been reported so far. Preliminary disaster assessment report found damage in three gewogs of Shompangkha, Dekiling and Gakidling. Shompangkha is the most affected gewog. As of late evening yesterday, assessment could …

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Vajrayana conference looks into tradition’s soul

Monks prepare mandala at the Vajrayana conference for foreign participants

A three-day Vajrayana conference began in Thimphu yesterday. The first day’s discussion included research, incidences and female enlightenment, besides findings on neuroscience and Vajrayana Buddhism in modern world. “Vajrayana has been fundamental in shaping not only the religious worldview of the Bhutanese people, but also informing and influencing the secular outlook …

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BAC’s degree recognition process questioned

Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) is reviewing the case of alleged double standards in the recognition process of university certificate by Bhutan Accreditation Council (BAC). Tshokey Dorji was among the four aspiring National Council candidates from Thimphu Thromde. The Supreme Court had issued a letter stating that the candidate’s certificate …

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