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Dudjom Kilaya Drupchen concludes today

His Eminence Dungse Garab Rinpoche performs jingser at the weeklong drupchen in Rangjung

More than 1,000 people from Trashigang and nearby dzongkhags are attending the 29th Dudjom Kilaya Drupchen at Rangjung Woesel Chholing monastery in Trashigang. His Eminence Dungse Garab Rinpoche is presiding over the weeklong drupchen that began on January 26. The secretary with the monastery, Tenzin Choda, said that unlike the …

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Foothills Festival earns more than Nu 5.4M in two days

Some gewogs earned more than Nu 700,000 from sales

While Sarpang dzongkhag officials are still compiling the amount gewogs, farmers and other entities earned from selling their products in the two-days Foothills Festival, records indicate that farmers have earned more than Nu 5.4M. According to the budget officer, Kinga Wangmo, Chudzom gewog recorded the highest sale of gewog products. …

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The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan received an award for excellence in sales and promotion at the Business and Luxury Travel Mart last month in New Delhi, India.

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Admission to Class XI on merit basis

A total of 12,033 students will be admintted in public schools (File Photo)

All Class X students who secured an average of 59.4 percent and above would be enrolled in Class XI in public schools according to the education ministry. This comes after the education minister JB Rai announced that the government would be enrolling all students who have passed the Bhutan Certificate of …

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Government confused on wage rate

Panbang MP Dorji Wangdi

The government’s proposal to increase the national wage rate would do more damage than good, according to the Opposition. “It’ll have a serious implication on the economy and distort the economy,” the Opposition Party’s vice president Dorji Wangdi said. This potential effect of the wage increase comes partly from the …

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Japan donates medical equipment to JDWNRH

ENT equipment is worth Japanese Yen 8 million

The Japanese government donated Polysomnography and Auditory Brain-stem Response equipment for the ENT (ear, nose and throat) department at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu, yesterday. Polysomnography is a test used to diagnose sleep disorders. The equipment worth  Japanese Yen eight million would help the hospital …

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Opposition questions govt’s vision and plans

The government lacks clarity of vision and direction, the Opposition stated yesterday at its first press conference after assuming office. This, the Opposition said is apparent from the modest targets of GDP growth, poverty reduction and gini-coefficient intended to achieve in the 12th Plan. “It lacks ambition and clarity on …

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Exchange programme to support table tennis players

The exchange programme allows local players to learn from top table tennis players

In a bid to provide exposure, two top table tennis teams from Japan, Citizen and Kyowa Kirin, played with players from Bhutan and Silliguri, India yesterday at the indoor multipurpose hall in Phuentsholing. It is the second exchange programme. On the first day, a table tennis clinic session was also …

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9-year-old completes cross-country cycling race

Sherab Yoezer completed the race in about six hours

When the 75kms cross-country cycling race kicked off from the Gelephu Higher Secondary School ground on January 30, people were surprised to see a 9-year-old boy participating in the race. While many thought the boy would give up after 5 to 6kms, others were concerned that he might get injured. …

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LG given budgetary flexibility in 12th Plan 

Local governments will be able to exercise greater flexibility in planning, budgeting and release of money from this year, according to the recently endorsed 12th Plan. This means that gewog administrations will not have to hold budget discussions with Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Gross National Happiness Commission annually. …

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HC orders JPLP owner to pay Nu 126.879M for tax evasion 

The High Court at the Ludrong Supreme Court complex

The High Court’s bench III yesterday ordered Jatan Lal Prasad, the owner of Jatan Prasad Lal Prasad (JPLP) enterprise in Phuentsholing to pay Nu 126.897 million (M) for tax evasion between 2011 and 2014. He also has to serve five years in prison, which is non-compoundable. The judgment stated that …

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Devotees, who are receiving the empowerment of the Nyingma Gyubum or the canonical collection of esoteric tantric texts from His Eminence Drupwang Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche, take a break to visit and circumambulate the Desheg Choeten Gye or the eight stupas of Lord Buddha in Sershong, Gelephu. 

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