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Govt’s and Opposition’s take on unemployment

At the Meet the Press on July 30, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that there were many vacancies than takers. Four state-owned enterprises (SOEs) had employed more than 400 people, said Agriculture Minister Yeshey Dorji. “As per FCBL’s mandate they need to establish offices at gewog level which is expected …

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Bhutan Airlines receives the second airbus319

Airbus 319 (Photo: Bhutan Airlines)

With the arrival of the second Airbus 319 on August 4 in Paro, the Bhutan Airlines now has a fleet of two aircraft. Two Airbus 319 are on lease for four years. Bhutan Airlines signed the lease agreement for two airbuses with AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing and …

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Roadblock at Ossey and Narphung yet to clear

The new block at Ossey occured a day after it was cleared (Photo: DoR)

At Narphung along the Samdrupjongkhar-Trashigang highway, heavy landslides and falling boulders have closed the traffic since evening of August 4. Machinery and men are deployed at the area. However, due to falling boulders and poor visibility maintenance was difficult, DoR chief engineer at Samdrupjongkhar, Jigme Choidup, said. “It is going …

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Bhutan a safe tourist destination: TCB survey

Nine out of every 10 international tourists, almost, have voted Bhutan as a safe tourist destination, according to Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) exit survey 2017. Similarly, about 91 percent of the regional tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives said Bhutan was a safe tourist destination. About 1,428 international visitors …

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Existing gender equality legislations are gender neutral: draft GEP

The existing legislation on gender equality in the country needs gender mainstreaming as most of the policies and plans are gender neutral and involve inadequate accountability on gender issues according to a desk review conducted for national Gender Equality Policy (GEP). Despite the policy protocol document providing a clear framework …

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Picture story

The road at Teakshingri in Narphung, Samdrupjongkhar, is still closed for traffic after a landslide on August 4 caused the roadblock. Samdrupjongkhar police informed people traveling the Samdrupjongkhar-Trashigang highway that it would take another three to four days to clear the road. Although Project DANTAK is clearing the block, continuous …

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2017 records highest international leisure tourist arrivals

Bhutan recorded the highest international leisure arrivals last year with 62,272 visitors, according to Bhutan Tourism Monitor 2017. This represents a growth in international leisure arrivals of 14.1 percent over the previous year. Of the 71,417 international arrivals, 9,145 were official and business arrivals. More than half of the international …

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Party conventions – more than endorsing office bearers?

Dubbed the country’s biggest multi-purpose hall, the RIM hall in Thimphu has become a platform for political parties to showcase their support base in the form of crowd just ahead of the National Assembly elections. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is organising a second party convention in nine months today at …

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High Court acquits two in DeSuung fund embezzlement case

In a complete overhaul of judgment, the High Court’s bench three on August 2 acquitted a Royal Bhutan Army Major Sigay Tshewang and a non-commissioned officer, Pelpon Nima Gyeltshen, who were convicted by the Army court for embezzling DeSuung training funds in 2013. The court reviewed eight issues and scrutinised whether the …

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