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Tracksuits only for health and physical education class

The education ministry has notified schools about the dress code since November 16 Students across the country are allowed to wear tracksuits only during health and physical education (HPE) class, a notification from the education ministry states. The November 16 notification comes after the Pemagatshel dzongkhag tshogdu’s resolution was forwarded …

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No govt. interference in REDCL: CEO

Even as debates over its legality continues, the Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Limited (REDCL) has disbursed a total of Nu 204 million (M) from Revolving Fund (RF) II until November 2017. After the Opposition and the National Council repeatedly questioned the legality of Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC), it …

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The mental health patients of Darchhargang

The 30-year-old schizophrenic patient, Bir Bahadur Tamang in Darchhargang,  Tsirang is now receiving treatment. Each month, he takes a shot of fluphenazine decanoate. Days after his health condition was reported in the media, several volunteers approached the family to help rehabilitate him. But, his father, Sonam Tshering Tamang refused. The …

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His Majesty’s National Day Address in Haa

I offer my warm Tashi Delek to all the people in the 20 dzongkhags who are gathered to celebrate this most auspicious occassion, our National Day, to all the people who are offering prayers at home and at lhakhangs, and to all the Bhutanese working and studying around the world who …

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Haa ready to host National Day celebrations

Performers attend the final rehearsal at Lhakhang Karpo in Haa, the venue for the National Day celebrations

About 8,000 spectators are expected to attend the celebrations at Lhakhang Karpo  The stage is set for the 110th National Day celebrations in Haa. The pride of Haa is draped intricately in colourful scarves. Flagpoles and eight lucky signs adorn the road. Streets are swept clean and the people are …

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44MT of local chillies to hit market soon

A  farmer in Tsirang, Indira Thapa, never grew so much chilli in his life. He did not earn so much either from selling vegetables. On December 11, the farmer from Pemathang chiwog in Gosarling gewog sold 15 kilogrammes (kg) of chilli at Nu 200 a kg. He has so far earned Nu …

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Water, roads and jobs top priorities for govt. action

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay releases the Bhutan Living Standards Survey, 2017 report with the NSB director and World Bank resident representative in Thimphu yesterday

Unemployment rate is 2 percent down from 2.7 percent in 2012, finds BLSS, 2017 The consumption power of Bhutanese has increased by 82 percent in the last five years, according to the Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) 2017, which was released yesterday. This means the monthly household expenditure has increased …

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No women candidates to field, say parties

Of the 20, three parties have together declared, only one is a woman Save for Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP), no other party has declared a woman candidate to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections to date. Three parties – People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and BKP – have …

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Lawyers must pass Bar examination to practice

The Jabmi Act, 2016 mandates this requirement Law graduates and those who have been practicing law after July 13, 2016, the date when the Jabmi Act came into effect, must pass the Bar examinations to practice in the country, the Bar Council said. Members of the Bar Council presented the …

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Action plan framed for tourism policy

Concerns on the increasing number of regional tourists in the country, minimum tourists during low seasons, domestic tourists visiting places outside Bhutan for pilgrimage and uneven distribution of tourism activities in different dzongkhags were shared at the joint sitting of the parliament on December 6. National Council’s MP for Chukha, …

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His Majesty The King reminds Parliament of its sacred duties

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen with the members of Parliament at the closing ceremony of the 10th session of the second Parliament yesterday

“The duties and functions of parliament are sacred, and of immense significance and importance,” His Majesty The King said at the closing session of the second parliament yesterday. Addressing the parliament, His Majesty said that in a rapidly changing world, the mandate and responsibilities of parliament are grave. “Noble thoughts and …

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Last session for National Council concludes

National Council members offer Trashi Moenlam to His Majesty The King at the concluding ceremony of their last session yesterday

Emotions ran high at the House of Review yesterday, as members reviewed their tenure on the concluding ceremony of their last session. As is the tradition, Chairperson Sonam Kinga placed the Trashi Khadar on His Majesty The King’s throne after the concluding prayer ceremony. Once he retreated, he let out …

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