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PPP model for educational hub in Eastern Bhutan

MoEA: To tap private money for infrastructure development in the country, the government is looking at a public-private participation (PPP) model to develop eastern Bhutan as an educational hub, where two colleges will be established. To be developed under the ministry of economic affairs (MoEA) initiative, the colleges will be …

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From inside deep tunnels

It is almost 8am. Pratap Singh, 28, gets to his workstation at Punatsangchu Hydropower Project Authority (PHPA) II above Wangdue-Tsirang highway road. Wearing a knee-high rubber boots, a safety helmet and a shirt with the project- logo, Pratap is all set to enter a tunnel to start his 12-hour shift. …

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Health services for adolescents

Health: In what should help adolescents make better decisions, an Adolescence Friendly Health Services (AFHS) unit was inaugurated at the Mongar regional referral hospital (MRRH), yesterday. In a presentation, MRRH gynaecologist and officiating medical superintendent, Dr Sonam Gyamtsho, said that adolescence is a sensitive period in when they are “no …

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Dungsel Home Spa – Thimphu’s ‘special’ sanatorium

Entrepreneurship: Tshering Dorji, 27, along with three others, who are visually impaired, started a massage therapy home yesterday.  The spa started with five clients. Dungsel Home Spa is established with a vision to empower people living with disabilities to be independent. “With unemployment problem on the rise, it’s difficult to …

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Bhutan not intimidated

Members of the national squad calls group C a favourable group World Cup: Bhutan will play China (82), Qatar (99), Maldives (141) and Hong Kong (167) in the World Cup preliminary qualification round-two in June after the fixture was drawn yesterday. Bhutan is placed in group C. The top 40 …

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Tashi Air must recommence domestic services: Cabinet

Alongside, in the same sector, Drukair has been given an all-or-nothing ultimatum Aviation: Despite acknowledging that the domestic air market is too small for two airlines, the government has decided that Tashi Air must recommence its domestic air services. “Cabinet decision is that Tashi Air is required to start domestic …

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Private sector’s funding problems

Local banks are neither willing nor able and foreign ones aren’t too eager either Finance: Private sector is asking for right intervention from the government so that it can play a role in building a healthy economy. Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) assessment reveals that over 30 percent of the private …

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Gidawom hearing resumes after negotiations fail

Dispute between mining company and local community will now have to be settled in court Mining: After two rounds of negotiations failed to bring closure to the Gidawom mines case, proceedings continued yesterday at Thimphu district court’s bench II, four months after the last hearing. The main issue being contested …

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Cost estimate reappraisal halts formation cutting

Roads: The formation cutting of the 8.6km Phusa-Sari road at Getena in Chukha has been put on hold because of a cost estimate problem. Mindu Construction quoted Nu 16.77M (million) for the work, which is 53 percent below the DoR estimate. The contractor was asked to submit its rate analysis …

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