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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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Competency-based framework to enhance civil servants’ efficiency 

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) plans to strengthen training needs assessment and appraisal of employees’ required skills during promotions through the development of a competency-based framework. The initiative is aimed to enhance efficiency and professionalise the civil service and the commission has so far developed the framework for seven …

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More than 200 youth from nine dzongkhags took part in the selection of the annual national Karate championship that began in Thimphu yesterday. Karate players from Thimphu, Paro, Samtse, Samdrupjongkhar, Trongsa, Punakha, Trashigang, Punakha, and Chhukha will compete in the championship that ends tomorrow.

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Chopper service, a taxi to Lunana residents 

A couple from Lunana took the first flight home from Zomlingthang in Punakha yesterday . The couple had flown to Punakha for their lochhoe shopping

It’s 8 am. Paro is frosty and calm. Inside an old aircraft hanger, ground crew of the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service Limited (RBHSL) prepares the A5 airbus chopper for take off. In about half an hour, the rotor blades are spinning as the A5 hovers over the valley. From the northern Himalayas to the desolated paddy fields and clustered settlement of Thimphu, the splendid view from the sky comes to an abrupt end as the chopper descends along the Mochhu in Punakha.

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Govt. and NC apprised of hardship in Japan 

A group of parents and students sent to Japan through the “learn and earn programme” met with Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering and labour minister Ugyen Dorji on December 24, to appraise the government of the hardship in Japan. Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji told Kuensel that the issue is being reviewed …

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