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GNH in action

Dasho Karma Ura speaks at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, England

The Gross National Happiness Index was developed to help anchor politicians and bureaucrats to the long-term goals of GNH. The quantification of GNH, said the President of the Center for Bhutan studies and GNH, Dasho Karma Ura, was done in preparation for the transition where democratically elected governments could potentially …

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Chamkharchu project discussions lose track

Discussions on the benefits and disadvantages of hydropower projects at the National Assembly on January 10 overshadowed the discussions of when the government would start the Chamkharchu project. Zhemgang’s Bardo-Trong Member of Parliament (MP) Gyembo Tshering and Panbang MP Dorji Wangdi stressed the importance of the project for regional development. …

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Bhutanese can now export cardamom to India

The halt in cardamom export to India has now been lifted, Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma said at the national assembly yesterday. He said that about two days ago the exit gates had allowed export of cardamom from Bhutan to India. From Jitey in Samtse about 1,550kg of cardamom and …

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Health ministry introduces PCV into routine immunisation

A boy and girl, both aged 6 weeks, receive the vaccine at the JDWNRH in Thimphu, yesterday.

With the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) into the routine immunisation yesterday, the vaccine would now be given to infants at six weeks, 10 weeks and nine months of age in all health facilities. The vaccine prevents transmission of pneumococcal bacterial diseases such as pneumonia, otitis media, bacteraemia, and …

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REDCL to stay

The new government has the biggest opportunity to address the issues strangling the Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Limited (REDCL). This was the understanding of both the ruling and opposition in objection to the economic and finance committee’s recommendation on the national budget 2018-19. The committee during its interaction with the …

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OAG reviews fraud and embezzlement case

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is reviewing the alleged fraud and embezzlement of more than Nu 8.822 million (M) by the former accountant, Chimmi Dorji of Phuentsholing drungkhag. ACC’s investigation report includes the draft charges against Chimmi Dorji and assistant account of Wangduephodrang dzongkhag, Yeshey Tshering, together with …

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NC to recommend assistants for teachers

The National Council will propose for assistants for teachers in view of increased workload with the government deciding to do away with exams for classes PP to III during the recently concluded annual education conference in Phuentsholing. During the deliberation on the 12th Plan, Chairperson of the National Council, Tashi …

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Bhutan becomes the first country to record Ludlow’s Bhutan Glory life cycle

Adult Ludlow’s Bhutan Glory grown in Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary in Trashiyangtse (Photo: Tshering Dendup)

Bhutan’s national butterfly, Ludlow’s Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis ludlowi), has its life cycle recorded for the first time in its endemic area of Bumdeling in Trashiyangtse. Senior forestry officer with the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) in Trashiyangtse, Tshering Dendup, released an adult Ludlow’s Bhutan Glory into nature after recording the complete …

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Population control done on flawed data: PM

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering and Opposition Leader Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) launch the report at the Hotel Taj Tashi yesterday

The rapid population control measure the government took about two decades was wrongly done. Unavailability of reliable statistics is to blamed, said the Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering during the launch of Population Projections report yesterday. At the current fertility rate of 1.9 children per woman and projected fall to …

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Judiciary decides 8,542 cases last year

The judiciary received 8,577 cases last year on top of the 2,367 pending cases from 2017, taking the number of cases to 10,979 of which 8,542 cases were decided. The Supreme Court’s (SC) registrar general, Tshering Dorji, revealed the figures yesterday while releasing the annual report. He said that although …

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New economic development officer to promote business

To spearhead economic developmental activities and to facilitate growth of business opportunities in the dzongkhags, the economic affairs ministry have recruited 10 economic development officers (EDO), a new post started in the ministry. With the approval from Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) and with the inception of the 12th Plan, …

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NC dissects the 12th Plan

In their pursuit to please the voters, political parties could gamble with the principles of gross national happiness (GNH) if national plans and programs are not screened in future. The national council yesterday resolved to lay this point in its draft recommendation as they discussed the 12th Plan. The Bumthang …

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