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Substance abuse family support group awaits training

A month and a half after the Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority (BNCA) launched the first family support group (FSG) in Lungtenphug, Thimphu to address substance abuse issues in the family, the programme has not yet made any progress. The programme, launched on December 29 last year, was aimed at empowering ...

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Repeat offenders commit 72% of traffic offences

Repeat offenders committed 43,225 traffic offences of the total 59,746 recorded between 2011 and 2016. This means, repeat offenders committed 72 percent of the total traffic offences, according to the traffic offence report published by the information and communications ministry. The top five traffic offences are using hand-held cell phone ...

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Workers prefer to be placed overseas through govt., not agents

Bhutanese working in the Middle East raised concerns related to jobs the agent offer, monitoring and government’s direct tie with employers overseas. Officials from labour and human resources ministry visited United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar from October 3 to 21 last year. Overseas employment agents have ...

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Space crunch in Phuentsholing could affect admission

There are only four schools under Phuentsholing Thromde and admission is increasingly becoming a major problem. Space crunch is the main challenge facing the thromde. Thromde education officer (TEO), Dorji Wangchuk, said that thromde faces the challenge of limited schools and shortage of classrooms. Dorji Wangchuk said that this year ...

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Logistics upset execution of PISA-D pre-test III

Bhutan had registered late for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)-D Pre-Test III. This gave the education ministry and the Bhutan Council for School Examination Assessment (BSCEA) limited time to prepare, adapt questions in the Bhutanese context, to train coordinators and to code test instrument. It was for these ...

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NDLEU to address drug-related issues in the east

Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority (BNCA) inaugurated Narcotic Drugs Law Enforcement Unit (NDLEU) at Samdrupjongkhar police station on February 14. The unit was set up in collaboration with Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), dzongkhag administration, thromde, and customs and trade to reduce drug supply and demand. BNCA’s deputy chief programme officer, Chhimi ...

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Organic vegetable supply from Gasa coincide with lean season

Results in high end hotels procuring less Inconsistencies in the real produce bought against the demand reflected in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was one of the challenges experienced during the first year of marketing Gasa’s organic farm group to high-end hotels in Thimphu. Issues on difficulty in transportation and ...

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89 startup ideas pitched at Sherubtse College

89 ideas were pitched during a daylong business idea pitching event at Sherubtse College ​

A concept to replace animal sacrifices for meat production through tissue culture was one of the many ideas that were pitched during the business idea-pitching event held at Sherubtse College on February 14. Namgay Dorji, a second year History and Dzongkha student, who wanted to churn trash into cash won ...

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CCTV to monitor waste in Damphu town

To ensure that the town remains neat and clean, the Damphu municipality office has installed at least seven closed circuit television (CCTV) in the core town. According to the municipality’s principal engineer, Tshewang Tenzin, the CCTV was installed to manage waste, as several attempts to monitor it physically failed. “Even ...

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