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Share prices surge, RSEBL revises circuit breaker

In the wake of abrupt increase in market value of shares, the Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan Limited (RSEBL) has revised the circuit breaker from 15 percent to five percent. This means that trading of shares above five percent of the last market value would be put on halt. Earlier …

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From aid to trade

Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji

Bhutan will move from an aid-based country to one that will engage in trade with other countries, Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji has said. He was speaking about the 14th Round Table Meeting (RTM), which will be held from March 12 to 14 in Thimphu, at the fourth meet the …

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Gelephu running out of gas (LPG)

Residents of Gelephu town and nearby gewogs queue in front of the LPG outlet as early as 6:30am

People waiting in long queues in front of the Bhutan Oil Distributors’ (BOD) Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) outlet in Gelephu has become a common sight for the last one week. The central LPG outlet in Gelephu stopped receiving LPG cylinders since February 14 affecting six other dzongkhags of Sarpang, Tsirang, …

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Construction safety questioned after fire incident

At a construction site yesterday: Labourers work without any safety gear

A fire that broke out from the safety net surrounding the Gol Building on March 7 has raised safety concerns at construction sites in Phuentsholing. The welding sparks had fallen on jute sacks at the base where the Gol Building is being dismantled. The safety net caught fire. The fire …

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Direct employment scheme on  hold

Evaluation of the direct employment scheme (DES), which is on hold, is likely to complete by the end of this month. The evaluation, being carried by the Gross National Happiness Commission for the last six months would determine the efficiency of the scheme initiated by the labour and human resources …

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Festival celebrates women artisans

To celebrate international women’s day, the 14th national textile festival was held at the Centenary Park in Thimphu yesterday. The festival, where about 15 stalls displaying textiles were opened was held to advance gender equality and empower women in relation to social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable …

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Picture story

A total of 176 Royal Bhutan Police (RPB) recruits will join different divisions of the RBP across the country following the completion of their yearlong training at the police training institute in Jigmeling, Gelephu.    The Passing Out Parade (POP) ceremony for the 51st batch of recruits was held yesterday …

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Up in the clouds with an all-women crew

Attention: The all-women crew ready for the Paro-Bangkok flight

March 8, Paro International Airport. No songs, dance, or music. Kept conspicuously out of it all is needless pomp and pageantry that usually comes with celebration of memories and milestones. A simple ceremony inside the training room and then the Drukair’s first ever all-female crew is ready to fly KB …

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Digital Drukyul to provide free internet, intranet and wifi

PM Dr Lotay Tshering and Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

The government approved the flagship programme on Digital Drukyul, last week, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said yesterday. During the fourth meet the press session on the theme, 120 days of the government, Lyonchhen said that the project was approved and it would take care of the access to domestic contents …

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Dakpa and Namgang kora losing popularity?

Namgang Kora end with the unfurling of the Guru Thongdrel

The Namgang Kora and Dakpa Kora were two popular annual events in Trashiyangtse in the past. The two events, which are held on the 15th and 30th day of the first Bhutanese month, not only attracted people from Trashiyangtse and the nearby dzongkhags but also people from the neighbouring state of Arunachal …

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More LED bulbs to save energy

To save energy consumption and to increase revenue, renewable energy department will distribute energy-efficient LED bulbs from July this year. The department’s director, Mewang Gyeltshen, said that Nu 42 million(M) was approved in the 12th Plan to rollout the light emitting diodes throughout the country.

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Nima and Dawa are home

The father of the twins Nima and Dawa welcomes their return from Australia

It is 10:30am. DrukAir flight KB 541 has just landed. Sonam Tshering, 40, with a khadhar in his hands, patiently waits for his twin daughters, Nima and Dawa Palden and wife Bumchu Zangmo at the arrival gate of Paro international airport. As Bumchu Zangmo enters with the girls, the arrival terminal …

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Need culture policy to address culture-related issues: DG

Lack of a clear culture policy or a bill makes it difficult for the department of culture to monitor or address culture-related issues. At the first national tourism conference in Thimphu last month, Pema Gyalpo, a tourism consultant, asked if it was appropriate for some hotels and resorts to have …

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