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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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So that business ideas grow and accelerate

In an effort to guide and help better business ideas, a startup programme with focus on accelerating businesses began in Thimphu yesterday. Entrepreneurship and self-employment division’s deputy chief programme officer, Ram Bahadur Gurung, said that in the past, several entrepreneurship programmes were conducted. “However, acceleration programmes for potential ideas were …

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A chance to work from home for foreign firms

To assist unemployed youth find employment opportunities and work from home with industries abroad through internet, a daylong symposium and career fair will be held in Thimphu on January 29. The Launch Symposium and Career Fair will be organized by the Bhutan Industry Association for Business Process Outsourcing (BIABPO) for …

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Surface collection to be reviewed by OAG

Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma in his written response said that following a presentation to the Cabinet in December 2018 on the issue of surface collection licences being used for dredging and mining, the government has asked the office of the attorney general (OAG) to review the case independently. Wamrong’s …

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NA discuss Kuri-Gongri and tourism in the east

After the completion of the detailed project report (DPR) by the end of this year, work could begin for Kuri-Gongri Hydropower Project, Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma said. Although the study for DPR began in 2009, Minister Loknath Sharma said that because the project was for 2,640 megawatts (MW), there …

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S/ jongkhar water treatment plant caught in tender quagmire

The water treatment plant under construction

With the water treatment plant (WTP) construction in Pincina missing its third deadline, Samdrupjongkhar town residents might have to continue grappling with water shortage for some more time. The construction, which started in May 2016 was supposed to complete in October 2017, but the joint venture construction company, Tundi-Tacho, failed to complete …

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Travelling and blogging: A life

Tshering Denkar from Denkar’s Getaway

Blogging and travelling has taken Tshering Denkar to different communities and has allowed her to get acquainted with myriad cultures and traditions. From pristine highland of Laya to reclusive communities of Lhops in Samtse, she has lived many lives in the last one year, writing, travelling, and learning. Tshering Denkar …

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More than half of Bhutanese will reside in towns by 2047

Thimphu’s population will increase by 4,200 people annually, according to population projections of the National Statistics Bureau (NSB). This growth trend will make Thimphu the most populated dzongkhag by 2047 with at least 30 percent of the country’s people settled in the capital. Today, Thimphu is the only dzongkhag with …

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EU commits continued support

Directorate-General Stefano Manservisi (second from left) with the delegation

The European Union (EU) committed to continue its support to Bhutan and will diversify its support to the country beyond 2023. The Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) of the EU, Stefano Manservisi said, “Bhutan is graduating from the Least developed countries (LDC) group in 2023, but this would not imply disengagement in any way or decrease in our commitment in the country.”

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