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More than half of Bhutanese will reside in towns by 2047

Thimphu’s population will increase by 4,200 people annually, according to population projections of the National Statistics Bureau (NSB). This growth trend will make Thimphu the most populated dzongkhag by 2047 with at least 30 percent of the country’s people settled in the capital. Today, Thimphu is the only dzongkhag with …

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EU commits continued support

Directorate-General Stefano Manservisi (second from left) with the delegation

The European Union (EU) committed to continue its support to Bhutan and will diversify its support to the country beyond 2023. The Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) of the EU, Stefano Manservisi said, “Bhutan is graduating from the Least developed countries (LDC) group in 2023, but this would not imply disengagement in any way or decrease in our commitment in the country.”

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His Majesty The King grants kidu to Metabkha community

His Majesty The King granted building materials, seeds and seedlings to the people of Metabkha gewog in Chukha as a Soelra to support the community initiative to achieve food sufficiency and increase production. Representatives from the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon handed over His Majesty’s Soelra to the people of Metabkha yesterday.   The …

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External debt to hit 204B in 2018-19

The country’s external debt is projected to reach Nu 204B by the end of this fiscal year. This is based on loan disbursement for the on-going and new projects. Add to it another Nu 10.9B domestic debt, the total public debt of the country is expected to reach about Nu …

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P’ling’s multi-car parking building opens at Nu 10 per hour

The three storey multi-car parking was built at Nu 65 million

A multi-car parking building in Phuentsholing that has a capacity to accommodate 202 cars opened since January 11 at Nu 10 for an hour. Phuentsholing thrompon, Uttar Kumar Rai, said the three-storied parking building is the first multi-car parking in the country. “We kept the parking fee nominal because we …

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Overseas programs will continue

Labour minister Ugyen Dorji

Sending youth overseas for opportunities should be an option for jobseekers, according to labour minister Ugyen Dorji. This will remain one of the government’s plans to solve unemployment, particularly youth unemployment in the country. The Minister was responding to a query on the ministry’s plans on addressing unemployment. On January …

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Nangkhar Ama’s pudenda

The cliff lies on the other side of Drangmechu along the Trashigang-Trashiyangtse highway

A crack on the cliff across Drangmechu along the Trashigang-Trashiyangtse continues to fascinate passersby today. The fissure resembles a female pudendum. The cliff opposite Jamkhar gewog in Trashiyagntse derives its name, Nangkhar Ama’s Baga, from its shape, which literally translates to the ‘Nangkhar Ama’s Pudenda.’ The tale surrounding the infamous …

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280 students participate in While (in) g Programme

A winter programme for children between seven years to 24, which began on December 28 and ended on January 11 at the Nazhoen Pelri in Thimphu saw 280 students participating in the various programs. The participants performed various activities such as poetry recitation, enacted drama, displayed arts and performed a …

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NC questions capacity of education ministry to implement TVET stream

The national council questioned the education minister’s preparedness and capacity to include Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a fourth stream for classes XI and XII. The house recommended the ministry to strengthen the existing TVET systems implemented under the labour ministry instead of starting a whole new …

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No space for mineral and chemical based industries at Motanga

Economic affairs minister, Loknath Sharma

There is space for other business and not for mineral and chemical based industries at the Motanga Industrial Park, Samdrupjongkhar. The economic affairs ministry had received 14 proposals to establish such industries and about 28 acres of the 155-acre industrial is taken. This was revealed on Friday when the economic …

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