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It is official – No classes on Saturdays

Almost two months after it was decided, the education ministry issued an official notification to do away with instructional classes on Saturdays from this academic year. However, in doing away with the instructional classes, which means time used in any activities in school, the notification states that schools could utilise Saturdays …

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Deed of lease for Bhutan embassy’s plot in Dhaka signed

The deed of lease was signed on February 27

A deed of lease, formalising the completion of the registration of the embassy’s plot at the Baridhara diplomatic enclave in the name of the Royal Government of Bhutan was signed on a February 27. Ambassador Sonam T Rabgye and Chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) – the Capital Development Authority …

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33 houses in Wangdue report damages from windstorm

Seven houses in Bjena gewog reported damage from the windstorm

Phurba, 49, has been living over his neighbours for about three days now. The windstorm on February 25 afternoon uprooted a tree, which fell on Phurba’s house in Themakha village in Bjena, Wangdue. The house was empty and caused no causalities but the impact has severely damaged the house. Phurba …

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Western disturbances cause snowfalls this winter

The snow blocked several high passes in the country and disrupted flight schedules

The northern, central and western regions of the country experienced another snowfall yesterday and on February 27, making it the third consecutive snowfall in the capital this winter. While many are wondering what caused the snow, some linked it to climate change. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Mangdechhu project’s commission slated for April 

The project plans to commission all four units in April

The 720MW Mangdechhu Hydro Project Authority (MHPA) plans to generate full power by monsoon. Managing director AK Mishra said the project is aiming to commission all four units in April for it to be able to come on stream before monsoon. To read more, please subscribe by registering at

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Lack of space leaves children out of Rangjung’s lone ECCD centre

More than 30 children between three to five years have to wait for the next round of admission at the ECCD

Tashi Tshering, 4, is ready to join children his age at the lone early childhood care and development (ECCD) centre in Rangjung, Trashigang. But with limited seat at the centre, Tashi Tshering’s mother is worried about her son’s admission. It was learnt that more than 30 children between three to …

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Menchuna farmers focus on cauliflower

Tashi Tshering expects to earn Nu 40,000 from the harvest

Tshering Tashi was with Royal Academy for Performing Arts (RAPA), teaching masked dance for 14 years. However, he decided to return to his village, Menchuna in Dagana, four years ago. He would be a farmer there. Today, Tshering Tashi grows cauliflower. “As cauliflower import is banned, we have been focusing …

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PM signs APA for the next four months

Finance minister and secretary sign the APA yesterday

The government began signing its first annual performance agreements (APA) with the government agencies for the financial year 2018-19. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering signed APA with nine ministers, heads of 10 autonomous agencies, Thimphu Dzongdag and Thimphu Thrompon during a signing ceremony yesterday. The ministers signed APA with their …

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Leave it to the consumers: BEBPL

Quality control team at the BEBPL plant in Pasakha

It is consumers’ right to have access to better and economical construction material and this right should be respected. Responding to the local brick manufacturers’ petition to the Prime Minister to protect their businesses from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies, officials of Bhutan Ecolite Brix Private Limited (BEBPL) said that …

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Declining budget allocation hampers RNR sector’s plans 

Budget allocation for the renewable and natural resource (RNR) sector has decreased for more than six plan period. “Is this because we are food self-sufficient and sustainable or are we lagging behind in proposing required plans and projects?” asked an extension official at a conference in Mongar yesterday. To read …

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After APA comes MAMA

Prime Minister with the health minister and secretary during the APA signing yesterday

If APA (annual performance agreement) schematizes the performance of the government agencies and civil servants, MAMA will administer the performance of the ministers and enhance coordination among them. During the signing of the APA yesterday, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said that a monthly ministers’ management agreement, which he consciously abbreviated …

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Bank of Bhutan officials work at the data centre where a disaster recovery drill was conducted to move the data centre from Phuentsholing to Thimphu in March. The drill led to erratic banking services over the past week.

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