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PM on a three-day state visit to India 

Indian foreign secretary Vijay K Gokhale calls on Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering yesterday evening in New Delhi

Bhutan and India will set yet another milestone on the friendly relations as the leaders of the two countries meet today to deliberate and declare the electricity export tariff for Mangdechhu hydroelectric project and budgetary support for the 12th Plan. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a state visit to hold talks on these issues with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

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No examinations for Classes PP to III from 2020

The National Council Chairperson attended the education conference yesterday

The ongoing 19th national education conference in Phuentsholing resolved to do away with examinations for Classes PP to III from the 2020 academic session. Educationists decided that teachers would be given professional development training for formative assessment in 2019 winter vacation.

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Chopper service, a taxi to Lunana residents 

A couple from Lunana took the first flight home from Zomlingthang in Punakha yesterday . The couple had flown to Punakha for their lochhoe shopping

It’s 8 am. Paro is frosty and calm. Inside an old aircraft hanger, ground crew of the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service Limited (RBHSL) prepares the A5 airbus chopper for take off. In about half an hour, the rotor blades are spinning as the A5 hovers over the valley. From the northern Himalayas to the desolated paddy fields and clustered settlement of Thimphu, the splendid view from the sky comes to an abrupt end as the chopper descends along the Mochhu in Punakha.

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India amends regulations on cross-border electricity trade

With the revision of regulation on cross-border trade of electricity (CBTE) in India, Bhutan’s electricity market looks secured in India and beyond. The Ministry of Power, India issued an office memorandum on December 18, in supersession of the guidelines on CBTE approved in December 2016. The Guidelines will be effective from the date of issue of this office Memorandum, according to the power ministry.

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506 affordable flats allotted in P/ling

An applicant picks up a chit with a serial number to queue for a lucky draw that was held to avail NHDCL flats on December 22 in Phuentsholing

The National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL) has allotted 506 affordable flats in Phuentsholing to Bhutanese living across the border. The allotments were done through a lucky draw. On the first day of allotment on December 22, the registered 725 applicants stayed until 11pm for the allotment. They were again called yesterday for verification and agreement.

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Bhutanese reportedly conned to earn and learn in Malaysia

About 56 Bhutanese who went to Malaysia through an agent’s study and work programme submitted a petition to the labour ministry on October 8, requesting the ministry to look into the issues they have raised. The candidates claimed that the agent, Best Placement Agency (BPA) promised them guaranteed employment for …

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His Majesty offers prayers at Shiva Mandir

His Majesty The King offered prayers at the Samtse Shivalaya Mandir yesterday morning. A prayer ceremony was held at the Mandir leading up to the National Day Celebrations, for the successful conclusion of events, and the well-being of the country and people.

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Govt. to do away exams for primary schools in phases

Students of classes pre-primary to three will not have to appear examinations from 2020 as the education ministry expects to implement a formative assessment for these grades. Education minister Jai Bir Rai said the ministry has discussed this with the Bhutan Council of School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA).

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