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Bhutan, ICIMOD discuss areas for partnership in the 12th Plan

Strengthening research studies in colleges, uplifting lives of girls and women in rural areas, and digitising existing services in agriculture sector were proposed for areas of partnership at the Bhutan-International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development(ICIMOD) partner’s day celebration yesterday. A panel discussion bringing in representatives from Royal University of Bhutan …

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Guidelines to make roofs windstorm resilient drafted

Traditional construction roofing system, lack of maintenance, and poor workmanship were some of the causes of roof failure during a windstorm in Bhutan, a study by the works and human settlement ministry has found. The study under the National Adaptation Programme of Action II project was conducted to develop a …

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PM orders a review of IWP for teachers

Following grievances against the Individual Work Plan (IWP), a performance evaluation system for teachers, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has commissioned a review of the IWP for the education sector through an executive order. The executive order, signed by the education minister Norbu Wangchuk, which was released on the ministry’s Facebook …

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DPT introduces two candidates

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa revealed two more candidates yesterday. Kinley Wangchuk Kinley Wangchuk, 43, from Yewakha village under Barp gewog is the candidate from Kabji-Talo constituency in Punakha. He resigned as the principal of Desi High School, a private school in Thimphu to contest the recent National Council elections from Punakha. …

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Competition initiated to enhance food and nutrition security

Representatives from a group make a presentation

After completing class XII in 2017, Lobzang Wangmo, 19, returned to her village in Metedkha, Chukha, and joined five friends to explore commercial farming. They couldn’t do much in the last one year. The group is looking forward to the youth innovation competition (YIC) 2018, to make it possible. Initiated …

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Bhutan observes world telecommunications and information society day

Bhutan will join the rest of the world today in observing the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) 2018. The theme of the celebration this year is “Enabling the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for all.” Bhutan as a member of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has been observing the …

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Picture story

A Bhutanese delegation led by Foreign Secretary Sonam Tshong attended the six-day 74th session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) that ended yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand. Sonam Tshong said that seven Least Developed Countries (LDC)  from the region, including Bhutan, are set to graduate …

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37 schedule I public servants did not declare their assets

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday reported that 37 public servants covered under Schedule I of the Asset Declaration Rule 2017 failed to file their annual asset deceleration for 2017 within the stipulated time period. The annual asset declaration period starts from February 1 and ends on March 3. While 30 …

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OAG charges Bjemina VP to court

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged the 39-year-old vice principal (VP) of a charity school in Bjemina, Thimphu, with nine counts of child molestation and one count of attempted rape of a child above 12 years yesterday to the family and child bench. Thimphu police arrested the VP, …

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45 arrested with controlled substances

Since last month, Thimphu police has to date arrested 36 substance abusers aged between 17 and 32 years.  About 23 abusers including a female were arrested last month. Seven men between 24 and 33 years were arrested for illicit trafficking of controlled substances and tobacco products in April. Police seized …

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