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New chadi protocol in pipeline

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Etiquette: The department of culture’s driglam namzha (traditional code of etiquette) division is currently drafting a new chadi (preparation) protocol.  It is expected to be complete and ready for implementation by the end of this year. Although details were not available, head of the division, Jigme Yoezer, said that it ...

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ACES seeks to recruit Bhutanese

Jobs: Arabian Centers Employment Services (ACES), one of the largest recruitment groups, will recruit Bhutanese jobseekers in the Middle East countries. The Dubai-based recruitment group’s president, (Dr) Samer Salibi, who met with the labour minister in Thimphu last week, said that discussions were held on the possibility of recruiting Bhutanese ...

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Student trapped under fallen boulder rescued

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Accident: Dzongkhag officials and police yesterday rescued a class X student of Phuyum middle secondary school in Lhuentse who was trapped for three hours after a boulder rolled onto her hut. When the rock fell on the hut around 6.30am, she was in the kitchen preparing lunch for school.  According ...

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Govt. to pump Nu 20M more annually into LG

In line with the LG member’s entitlement bill endorsed yesterday Parliament: The government will spend about Nu 20M (million) more annually, as mobile voucher allowances and earned leave encashment for local government (LG) members, as per the LG members’ entitlement bill that the joint sitting of Parliament endorsed yesterday. The ...

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Are hybrid cars getting short-thrift?

Vehicles: With all eyes and heads on the electric cars, hybrid cars, which the economic development policy, 2010, accorded equal fiscal incentives like the e-cars enjoy today, have been forgotten. According to the economic development policy, 2010 which is valid until December 31, 2015, both electric and hybrid cars were ...

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Joint sitting endorses bio-safety bill

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But the country currently doesn’t have the capacity to identify GMOs Parliament: With the joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council endorsing the Bio-safety Bill 2014 yesterday, import, transit, research and development, and introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country have now become illegal. GMOs ...

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Ambulance driver charged for culpable driving and negligence

Accident: Five months after an ambulance driver hit a five-year-old boy in Dewathang, police  on May 11 charged the 23-year-old driver to court for culpable driving and negligence. The incident occurred on December 5, 2014 when the driver for Dewathang hospital had gone to the army colony, a few kilometres ...

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Bongdema industrial estate sees progress

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Economy: The long-awaited Bongdema Industrial Estate in Mongar saw some development with the inaugural of a bridge and an access road construction on May 10. Without a bridge and an access road, the department could not allot plots to the developers. “This (bridge and access road) was a necessity for ...

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The death trap that is our roads

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COVER STORY: Road safety is a collective responsibility that comes from mutual respect of all road users  More than a million people die every year on the roads.  This is a figure of world roads put together.  And no less than 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries as a result of road ...

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