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A fire razed the house of a health official of Sarpang hospital to the ground yesterday afternoon.

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Community action found effective in reducing harmful use of alcohol

Community action was found to be effective in bringing positive impacts in reducing the harmful use of alcohol. This is according to a pilot study conducted by Mental Health Programme in 2017 in Toetsho gewog, Trashiyangtse to evaluate effectiveness of community based intervention to reduce harmful use of alcohol in …

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Tourist returns lost fanny pack to owner

Jagadish Sinha returns the fanny pack to Lei Deolinda (Photo: RBP FB page)

A tourist from West Bengal, India, Jagadish Sinha, returned a fanny pack of a fellow tourist that he found on his way from Taktsang to Paro police on December 26 evening. Royal Bhutan Police said in its facebook page that the pack contained US$ 5,290, Macau$ 4,500, Hongkong $6,000, Bhutanese …

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No fuel depot for Doksum residents yet

Although illegal, shopkeepers are seen selling petroleum products in Doksum town

Holding a brown jerry can and a large funnel, a teenager walks through the centre of Doksum town in Trashiyangtse. She is carrying petrol. Although illegal, this is a common practice in town. General shops sell petroleum products. Most shopkeepers Kuensel spoke to claim that they were not involved in …

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Weringla drungkhag needs engineers and accountants

Weringla Drungkhag Drungpa Tashi Tenzin at the DT meeting

Weringla drungkhag in Mongar is in need of engineers and accountant to deliver better service to the people. Local leaders in the drungkhag raised the issue at the recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) session and requested the dzongkhag administration to deploy the officials at the earliest. They reasoned that with the …

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The Fourth Meeting of the BIMSTEC Network of Policy Think Tanks opened yesterday at the convention centre in Thimphu. Participants from seven leading policy think tanks from the BIMSTEC Member States, officials from BIMSTEC Secretariat and government  officials are attending the meeting.

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Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, who is on a high level advocacy on priority public health social issues in Sarpang met the Lam Netens and Tshogdue thrizins of 20 dzongkhags yesterday.

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No examinations for Classes PP to III from 2020

The National Council Chairperson attended the education conference yesterday

The ongoing 19th national education conference in Phuentsholing resolved to do away with examinations for Classes PP to III from the 2020 academic session. Educationists decided that teachers would be given professional development training for formative assessment in 2019 winter vacation.

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BICMA declines ABCO’s request for time extension

Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has denied the request to extend time for the switch to digital TV, according to the Association of Bhutanese Cable Operators (ABCO). The ABCO on December 24 had requested for a six-month transition time to install set top boxes in Thimphu. The deadline for the switch …

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PSL scheme reaches nationwide

Almost a year since the launch, the Priority Sector Lending (PSL) scheme is making headway with all dzongkhag PSL committees receiving applications. As of September this year, the dzongkhags have received 1,161 applications, according to the Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA)’s latest quarterly report. Some 494 applications were received in the …

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Tsirang DT proposed to form a quality control committee

Local leaders in Tsirang after a DT session

To effectively monitor the quality of infrastructures in the districts, Tsirang dzongkhag administration recently proposed the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) to form a quality control committee. Officials say the quality of infrastructure in the dzongkhag today is poor. They say subcontracting works, which are not allowed according to contract clause but is rampantly …

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Farmers and exporters expect good mandarin business

Workers segregate oranges at a depot in Samdrupjongkhar

With both produce and price increased this year, mandarin exporters and growers in Samdrupjongkhar are expecting a better business this season. Mandarin export began last month and exporters have sold more than 30 truckloads of oranges to Bangladesh until last week. An export house, Druk Phuensum Import and Export house …

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Bionomics in the Dragon Kingdom

A reference book for on the environment challenges and polices of the country, Bionomics in the Kingdom of Bhutan, by Ugyen Tshewang (Dr), Jane Gray Morrison and Michael Charles Tobias provides a compact detail on the ethics and economics of the country’s ecology. The book also touches on the aspects of …

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