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New college in Zhemgang still being assessed

Panbang’s MP, Dorji Wangdi

The plan to start a new college in Zhemgang is still being assessed, as there were no plans or policies regarding the new college, according to education minister Jai Bir Rai. The minister was responding to a question from Panbang’s Member of Parliament (MP) Dorji Wangdi who questioned the government …

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Landmark building to replace Gol building

Gol building was constructed in 1968 as a three-storied building

The Gol (round) Building in Phuentsholing would be dismantled in the next six months. Works to demolish the building has started since January 14. Kinsam construction who quoted Nu 1.25 million (M) to do the job is hiring 50 demolition men from Kolkata, India. These labourers are skilled in dismantling …

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Allowance to cover mothers who deliver at home 

Jomotshangkha-Martshala’s MP, Norbu Wangzom

If women were unable to deliver in the hospital for genuine reasons, the government would consider and provide them with maternity allowances, according to Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering. This was clarified yesterday while responding to Jomotshangkha-Martshala’s Member of Parliament (MP) Norbu Wangzom’s concerns raised during the question-answer session of the …

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LG leaders sensitized on corruption risk management  

In groups, participants identify potential corruption risk areas in the local governance function during the seminar

With local governments getting 50 percent of the budget with the implementation of the block grant, they will see more financial responsibility in the 12th Plan. Financial power comes with risks. To sensitize local leaders on the ethics and integrity to curb corruption practices at a gewog level, the ACC …

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Health ministry cautions public on flu outbreak

As the winter peaks and people become prone to seasonal flu, the health ministry has notified all health centers to set up surveillance and vigilance on seasonal flu outbreak. Last week alone, the Royal Centre for Disease Control recorded at least 200 cases of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and another …

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Cut-off and, on and off

Lyonpo Jai Bir Rai

All Class X students who successfully complete the board examinations will be absorbed in government and private schools. Two weeks after the national education conference decided not to do away with the cut-off point (the minimum percentage required to qualify for higher secondary school)

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Illegal issuance of driving licences investigated

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) and the traffic division of the Royal Bhutan Police for alleged illegal issuance of driving licences. While ACC officials said it is too early to comment on the matter, as they have just begun the investigation, RSTA …

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PAC’s push for separate budget shot down 

The Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) lobby for a separate budget fell short of hands supporting the move to include it as one of the recommendations to the 2018-19 national budget. This was the highlight of discussion on economic and finance committee’s report on the national budget that ensued for two …

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Picture story

  Demolition: workers prepare to tear down the iconic Gol building in Phuentsholing town. Commonly known as gor chim or round building, the building was constructed in 1968.

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