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Samtse excited to host 111th National Day celebrations

A dress rehearsal for the National Day celebrations was held in Samtse yesterday

People in Samtse are ecstatic and looking forward to the 111th National Day celebration on December 17. Many waited to watch the dress rehearsal until evening yesterday that was practised at the newly laid astro turf below the dzong. Starting from a chipdrel ceremony until the closing, all activities were rehearsed in sequence. …

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MoE studying cut off options for class X

The education ministry is studying how best to remove the cut-off point for Class X students and enable them to continue studying until Class XII.  Education minister Jai Bir Rai said that the study is likely to take about six months to complete. “We should be able to roll out the programme latest by 2020,” he said. 

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The govt’s stand on BBIN is neutral: PM 

The government’s plan to reconsider the controversial motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) has revived the debate over whether Bhutan should join the sub-regional group.  Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, which had largely remained silent on the BBIN debate earlier, after forming the government said that the BBIN …

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Food, fun, and fair festival in Samtse concludes today 

In a build up to the 111th National Day celebrations, a food, fun, and fair festival was organised at the Dhamdum Industrial Park, which saw visitors from both Samtse and across the border

The otherwise quiet and serene Dhamdum Industrial Park (DIP) in Samtse is not itself for the last three days. A loud music is on. A master of ceremony (MC) shouts even louder into the microphone to attract customers to a dart game. In a build-up to the 111th National Day …

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Prevalence of blindness decreases by 33 percent since 2009

Untreated cataract and uncorrected refractive error are major causes of visual impairment in the country, according to the findings of the second rapid assessment of avoidable blindness in Bhutan. The study was done from December 2017 to February 2018. According to health officials, cataract is treatable with surgery and refractive …

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BCCI signs MoU with sector associations to develop private sector 

There are about 11 sector associations in the private sector today

To support private sector development, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and BCCI Committee of Sector Association (BCSA) in Thimphu yesterday. The MoU aims to strengthen and improve cooperation among private sectors in the country. BCCI’s Secretary General Sangay Dorji said …

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Royal Tutorial Project receives video equipment from SCF, Bhutan

The donated equipment is worth Nu 0.6 million

The Save the Children Fund (SCF) in Bhutan donated equipment worth Nu 0.6 million to the Royal Tutorial Project (RTP) to assist in the production of educational television programmes. SCF National Director, MB Ghaley presented the equipment to the project office yesterday, in recognition of its services to the education …

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Search on for burglar in Trashigang 

The burglar was caught on CCTV

Search is still on for the suspect involved in a burglary incident earlier this month. On December 1, a couple residing in lower market area were robbed off Nu 75,000 from their two-storied traditional house in town. The incident, according to them, took place between 7-8:30pm. The case was reported …

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Prime minister Dr Lotay Tshering attended the golden jubilee celebrations of the State Trading Corporation of Bhutan Limited (STCBL) yesterday in Thimphu. STCBL was established 50 years ago with the mandate to assist the government in procuring essential commodities required for developmental projects. 

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PM to visit India on December 27

Keeping with tradition, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering will visit New Delhi, India on the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 27. This is the first official visit by the newly elected Prime Minister.

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Implementing the switch to digital TV challenging 

Residents of Thimphu have a little over a fortnight’s time to ensure they continue receiving their cable TV connections. Following Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority’s (BICMA) announcement of the switch to digital TV in September, the authority is certain about cutting analog TV signals starting next year. The decision to switch …

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Women top BCSE

Except for the Dzongkha and B.Ed general category, women topped the Bhutan Civil Service Examination (BCSE) this year. With a male each in the Dzongkha  and technical category, seven women were among the BCSE toppers. This is excluding the B.Ed category. Female graduates from outside Bhutan took the top three …

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Poor branding culture hinders growth of intellectual property

Poor branding culture in the country has resulted in the intellectual property (IP) system not benefiting from potential products, designs and the business people in the country today. Of more than 17,000 trademark applications filed with the IP department with the economic affairs ministry until this year, national applicants filed …

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