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Regional tourists important for tourism: HRAB

That regional tourists are entering the country in countless numbers with no control mechanism for their entry is a misconception, according to a report by the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB). Despite rapid growth in the arrival of regional tourist especially from India, the report claims that there …

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Bhutan – A Simple Story: Sherlock gives us a true Bhutan narrative

Hunting for the Himalayan Viagra

What is a Bhutan story? What does it sound like when told by Bhutanese, not by an occasional visitor from abroad? Is Bhutan gross national happiness (GNH), and vice versa? These are the questions that Sonam ‘Sherlock’ Phuntsho’s documentary—Bhutan – A Simple Story—tries to answer.  And it is done well. …

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An industrial estate for Tsirang?

The estate is one of the flagship programmes of the economic affairs ministry (Photo: Google)

Will Tsirang have an industrial estate? A feasibility study to develop a small and cottage industrial estate in the dzongkhag is being carried out in line with the 12th Plan’s focus on economic diversification. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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TVET programme yet to find a ministry

Here comes the sun: Agriculture minister stands in the shade of the national flag as education minister JB Rai speaks to the media at the Friday meet yesterday

The government is yet to decide whether the ministry of labour or education should oversee the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme, one of its major election promises. The TVET programme is currently with the labour ministry. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Revised stipend for school feeding in next fiscal year 

Education ministry has proposed to revise the stipend to Nu 2,040 per child

The education ministry is still waiting for the finance ministry to provide the final revised stipend amount for school feeding students. In February, the education ministry proposed the cabinet to increase the stipend and implement-feeding programme in all rural schools. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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An ambitious campaign on drugs begin

The yearlong nationwide drug prevention campaign, which kicked off yesterday targets 18,000 youth and adolescents in nine dzongkhags

Having stringent laws is not enough to deter drug abuse and illicit trafficking. According to police records, the country saw an increase of more than 76 percent in the number of cases related to drugs in the past two years. At the launch of a nationwide drug prevention awareness campaign in Thimphu …

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Evaluation finds DES relevant to address unemployment

The Direct Employment Scheme (DES) initiated by the labour ministry was found relevant to national development objectives. The programme, which was put on hold for an evaluation, was found to have a major role in providing job opportunities to the unemployed in the 11th Plan according to the DES evaluation …

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Court offers TCC and TT last chance

Thimphu thromde and Tashi Commercial Company (TCC) have one last chance to settle their second legal battle in a mutual agreement outside the court. The High Court’s larger bench yesterday gave two weeks to the two parties to resolve the issue surrounding the two plots near Lungtenzampa fuel depot which …

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BSB proposes a national accreditation body

Often, when job seekers do not get a job in the market, the quality and standard of education in the country is questioned. If a certification body had set the standards of education and skills required in the market, unemployment would not be a rampant issue, the director general of …

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EU ambassadors visit Bhutan 

The delegation was in the country from April 2-4

A delegation of European Union Ambassadors based in New Delhi, India led by the Ambassador of the European Union to Bhutan, Tomasz Kozlowski was in the country from April 2-4. The delegation received an audience with His Majesty The King and called on Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji and …

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Raining cats and dogs!

Stray dogs will be taken to Ramtokto for mass sterilisation

It helps to understand the dynamics. Karma the Apso is just a month old. Next month, when he turns two, he will be sexually very active. Considering dogs have two mating seasons in a year and can give birth to at least five puppies at a time, very likely Karma …

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Hailstones strike 30 households in Shermung, Mongar

Shermung experience one of its worst hailstorms

Thiling, one of the remote villages in Shermung, Mongar started growing potatoes in large scale after the construction of a farm road began. The village of eight households would be connected with a five-kilometer farm road this year. The road is expected to help farmers sell farm produces and assist …

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