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Anti-Corruption day observed in Gelephu

Youth perform an awareness programme at Gelephu MSS

Bhutan targets to make it to the 20th position in the global corruption perception index by 2020. The target is a jump by five ranks from the existing rank among 180 countries. As Bhutan Transparency Initiative (BTI) and Gelephu observed the International Anti-Corruption day in Gelephu yesterday, discussions were held if the …

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How migration threatens agriculture

About 50 percent of the farmers of Bartsham gewog, in Trashigang said that shortage of labour due to rural-urban migration was one of the major challenges in agriculture. This was according to a study by Tashi Dorji, a lecturer at Sherubtse College, Trashigang. Bartsham has a population of 1,788 and …

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Maternal health improves

The situation of maternal health in the country has improved over the years. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) has decreased to 89 in 2017 from 380 per 100,000 live births in 1994. This is according to a study on the situation of maternal health in Bhutan, published in the recent Bhutan Health Journal.

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Government reinstates Committee of Secretaries

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji and Finance Minister Namgay Tshering brief the media yesterday at the first session of Meet Our PM, which will be held every Friday at the Gyalyong Tshokhang courtyard

The government has reinstated the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) four years after the erstwhile committee was dissolved. CoS comprises the cabinet secretary and the secretaries of 10 ministries and advises the Cabinet on the pros and cons of its decisions. Speaking with the media yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering …

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Partnership to eradicate poor vision

Chairman and CEO of Essilor International, Hubert Sagnieres, signed the LoI with the health secretary Dr Ugen Dophu yesterday

With the signing of the letter of intent (LoI) in Thimphu yesterday, health ministry has partnered with Essilor International to eradicate poor vision in Bhutan. Essilor International is the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company. Director general of the department of medical services, Dr Pandup Tshering, said that signing of the LoI gave …

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Cabinet endorses 12th Plan in principle

In the first Meet-the-PM programme in Thimphu yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering announced that the draft 12th Five Year Plan was approved. Prime Minister said that the government met with the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) on December 6 to discuss the 12th Plan. “We discussed all the Plan’s …

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Three-year-old boy dies in fire incident 

The traditional house was razed to the ground on December 5 evening

A three-year-boy died in a fire that razed a two-storied traditional house in Tandingang village of Tang, Bumthang on December 5. According to a source, the fire started between 3:40pm and 3:45pm and the child was alone when the incident happened. The source said the boy’s parents were out for work …

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SAARC Charter day today

A thousand butter lamps will be lit at the Kuenray of the Tashichhodzong today to celebrate the establishment of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and observe the 34th anniversary of the signing of the SAARC Charter A press release from the foreign ministry states that the SAARC …

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Govt. to reconsider BBIN

Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

The government will reconsider the motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN), which was deferred indefinitely by the previous Parliament. Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji told media persons in Thimphu yesterday that Bhutanese trucks were facing difficulties passing through Bangladesh since the country had not ratified the …

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