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Rooster year celebrates foreign relations

YEARENDER: The year of the Rooster marked some of the significant milestones in foreign affairs for Bhutan. His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness the Gyalsey visited India at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India in November.  This was His Royal Highness the ...

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Tourism sector: All in all an eventful year

YEARENDER: In the Female Fire Rooster Year, tourism sector’s stand on the issues and challenges shifted from mere reflection to policy implementation. The beginning of the year once again raised issues of growing regional tourists and uneven distribution of tourism benefit in the country. The trial online permit system introduced ...

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Remembering the blessings and lessons

YEARENDER: The Fire Female Bird year was a blessing for the people of Samtse, as His Majesty The King visited several gewogs and met with the people. The residents of Tashichholing were blessed twice, His Majesty the King visited the Tashichholing Shiva Mandir on August 23 and offered a Ganesh ...

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A successful year for information ministry

YEARENDER: For Ministry of Information and Communications, the Bird Year began with launching of the government’s first data centre in March. The centre was launched to address the issues of cyber security and to provide efficient and effective online public services. A new Road Safety and Transport Act was drafted ...

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Sports in the year gone by

YEARENDER: In the sports category, the Fire Female Bird year saw suspensions, investigations, and controversies. Young athletes made their name on the international stage and won the hearts at home. In  2017, Karma Dorji became the country’s first gold medalist in the regional championship after he bagged the first karate ...

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JDWNRH’s corporatisation issue dominates health sector

YEARENDER: Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) dominated the health sector in the year of the female rooster. The specialist retention strategy that the health ministry had proposed to the Cabinet snowballed into an issue that pulled the national referral hospital’s status into the limelight. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk, during ...

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Bhutan kicks off a busy election year

YEARENDER: With the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) rolling out the third National Council (NC) election schedule on February 15, Bhutan has entered a busy election year. The NC elections, which will be held on April 20, will be followed by the third National Assembly elections towards the end of ...

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A difficult year for labour ministry

YEARENDER: The bird year kept the ministry of labour and human resources on its toes from the delay of the labour force survey to government asking Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate labour ministry’s training programmes. For the ministry, the year was also filled with complaints from Bhutanese employed overseas. June saw ...

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His Majesty grants land Kidu to 11,118 beneficiaries

YEARENDER: Inequality breeds contempt. Contempt gives rise to diseases in a society – of kinds and kinds. Some sort of equality can be achieved, though. Bhutan and the Bhutanese have been singularly fortunate because it has been the vision of our peerless leaders to bring down and to ultimately eliminate ...

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Media in the bird year

YEARENDER: The year that went by was an action-packed year for media. Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) fined Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation (BBSC) Nu 224,625 for reporting on banned film Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait. Failing to pay the fine, BICMA took BBS to court ...

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