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Students show interest in religious programmes

About 75 students from various schools recited prayers at the Memorial Choeten for about two weeks. This was part of the annual dharma programme to engage youth meaningfully during vacation. The students are in Phuentsholing attending a three-week programme.

More than 100 students from Thimphu are attending dharma programme in Phuentsholing. Students learn Buddhist spiritual values and meditation, among others Tandin Phurpa, an employee at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Thimphu and a volunteer, said that the number of volunteers attending the programme has increased compared with last ...

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Thromde and YDF sign eco park MoU

The MoU will expire on January 8, 2021

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Thimphu Thromde and Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) to adopt Thimphu Eco Park yesterday to protect and learn about wetland. The 10.77-acre park is located below Changangkha Lhakhang. The park was inaugurated in 2016 with financial support from Bhutan Trust Fund for ...

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Drukair ATR resumes its domestic commercial flights

The aircraft was grounded following a technical glitch in one of the engines (File Photo)

Drukair’s ATR 42-500 resumes its commercial flights from today after the aircraft was grounded since December 29. Following the maintenance of the aircraft and a proving flight conducted yesterday, airline officials said that the ATR was ready to resume its operations. The ATR was grounded following a technical glitch in ...

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Govt. working with Indian counterparts on GST

While India’s goods and services tax (GST) has cut the competitive edge of Bhutan’s export-oriented industries, Bhutan still has a few advantages, the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. The government, he said, must accept what GST has done. It has created a level-playing field between Bhutanese manufacturers and that of ...

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ACC implicates 19 in five RICBL cases

Anti-Corruption Commission has forwarded the findings of five RICBL cases and draft charges to the Office of the Attorney General

What could be one of the biggest cases in the recent past, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has implicated 16 top officials of the Royal Insurance Corporation Limited (RICBL) and three private individuals in connection with five separate cases the anti-graft investigated in 2016 and 2017. The commission forwarded its findings ...

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Driver charged for alleged rape of minors

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on January 1 charged a 26-year-old man for allegedly raping two minors. The man, who works as a driver with Chundu Pvt Limited, was charged with statutory rape and rape of a child above the age of 12 years. The accused, Dorji Wangchuk ...

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One inclusive school in one dzongkhag in the 12th Plan

Among the many resolutions that the recent Sherig Conference in Zhemgang adopted was identifying at least one school in every dzongkhag as a special education needs (SEN) programme school in the 12th Plan. Education Minister Norbu Wangchuk said that about 30 percent of children in the country is born with ...

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Loose mandate leads to poor quality roads

Investigation team found that contractors had constructed the road as per design requirements (File photo)

Despite constant monitoring, there is a lot to be desired when it comes to the quality of roads in the country. Works and Human Settlement Secretary Phuntsho Wangdi said that two parameters – quality assurance (specifications given by the client), and quality control (how the contractors execute the specifications) – ...

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DoR prepares for emergency

Trainees launched bridge over Sisteychhu in Sarpang

Come this monsoon, should any disasters occur in the country, the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement is fully prepared to respond to the emergency. The ministry has already procured components of bridges measuring 140ft and 100ft with the budget of Nu 100 million. The bridges were procured for all ...

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Former BBS employee to run for NC from Tashiyangtse

Phurpa Gyeltshen

A former editor of Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), Phurpa Gyeltshen, will contest for the upcoming National Council (NC) elections from Ramjar gewog in Tashiyangtse. The 39-year-old from Gocha village worked with BBS for 13 years as a news reporter and an editor. He also worked as an assistant secretary for ...

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