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DPT declares former teacher as Lhamoizingkha candidate

Prem Kumar Khatiwara (second from the right)

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has nominated a former teacher, Prem Kumar Khatiwara, as candidate for Lhamoizingkha constituency, Dagana. Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo is currently representing the constituency. “It’s a home coming for me,” the 48-year-old from Nichula gewog said, adding that he was involved in the party since the ...

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NC makes seven recommendations to improve G2C services

The National Council made seven recommendations to the government on the Government-to-Citizen (G2C) services on December 1. The first recommendation was on the need to initiate an annual awareness programme on available G2C services with ministries concerned to educate public on the availability of services that are not commonly used. ...

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Three CT scan machines for referral hospitals by June 2018

A computed tomography (CT) scan machine each will be installed at the national referral hospital in Thimphu, and the regional referral hospitals in Mongar and Gelephu by June next year. Health minister Tandin Wangchuk said at the National Assembly on November 28 that the machines would be installed as per ...

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Red-hot chili peppers of Kangpara

A kg of dry red chilies fetches Nu 500

At this time of the year, sacks filled with dry chilies are stacked at the basement of every household in Merda, a village in Kangpara gewog, Trashigang. The chilies are all set to hit the market in Samdrupjongkhar, Trashigang and Thimphu soon. Popularly known as Kangpara solo (chili), the chilies ...

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RICBL opens two new branch offices

To enhance customer services through easy access to products and services, the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) has opened two new branch offices in Tashichholing (Sipsu) in Samtse and Dagaplea in Dagana. The facilities include standard services of payments, renewals, loan appraisals, inspections, underwriting & annuity services as well ...

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East-West Highway works likely to spillover

Based on the progress of the Northern East-West Highway construction, about four contract packages of the 39 will spillover into the 12th Plan. Works and human settlement secretary, Phuntsho Wangdi, said about 15 percent of the works could spillover. “We will be able to complete at the most 85 percent ...

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Picture story

His Holiness the Je Khenpo, who is presiding over the annual Moenlam Chhenmo (Great Prayer) ceremony in Punakha, conferred a ceremonial scarf to Trulku Namgay appointing him as the Lamdren Gyetshog Lopon for Thimphu Duthroe (crematorium) on November 30. Lamdren Gyetshog Lopon’s responsibility is to conduct funeral rites at the ...

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NC passes NDPSSAA (Amendment) Bill

SCAC chairperson Nima presents the amendments for endorsement

The National Council amended 16 provisions, including the lists of banned substances, of the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill 2017 (NDPSSAA) yesterday. All 20 sitting members voted in favour of the amendments, which were debated at the in-house committee meeting after the chairperson directed the members ...

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No reason for people to commit suicide in Bhutan: PM

While suicide rate in the country is concerning, it is not the highest in the world, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. He said this in response to Nanong-Shumar Member of Parliament (MP), Dechen Zangmo’s question on the government’s plan and policies to reduce suicide cases in the country. She said ...

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Clerical issues derail deliberation on media Bill

Speaker Jigme Zangmo (left)

NA members blame the committees and agencies for not doing a good job Lack of proper homework from parliamentary committees and relevant ministries is causing confusions and consuming time in the parliament. Debates on major issues in Bills often get stuck in editorial corrections and in looking for equivalent Dzongkha ...

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