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INR reserve at Rs 27.5B

The country’s international reserve position as of September this year was at USD 1.17B, of which the rupee reserve forms Rs 27.5B, and convertible currency reserve USD 746.3B The rupee reserve was highest recorded in the first nine months of the year. However, the country’s highest rupee stock was recorded ...

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Elected women leaders should be role models

When Dendup Dema contested for Shongphu gewog’s mangmi position in Trashigang in 2011, she lost to her opponent by a single vote. In the 2016 local government (LG) elections, she re-contested and won. She had two male opponents then. She said that people in her community supported her during the ...

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The lone female NC aspirant from Tsirang

Lack of women representation in Parliament is the reason why Kencho Wangmo, 41, decided to contest in the upcoming National Council (NC) from Kilkhorthang gewog of Tsirang. She is the lone female candidate who has declared her interest to contest in the upcoming NC election from the dzongkhag until now. ...

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BAFRA seizes banned vegetable

Seized vegetables were imported from Falakata (Photo courtesy: BAFRA)

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) officials seized about 2,925 kilograms of banned vegetables in Thimphu in the morning of December 23. The officials seized 1,400kg of banned green chilies, 875kg of cauliflowers and 650kg of beans at the Centenary Farmers’ Market after receiving the information through the toll ...

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Tradition keepers receive Druk Norbu

Sangay Choden and Gangkar Wangdi

Recognising tradition keepers’ lifelong contribution to Bhutanese culture through traditional songs and dances, Gangkar Wangdi and Sangay Choden were honored with the Druk Norbu Award in Thimphu on December 23. Music of Bhutan Research Centre (MBRC) organised the event to appreciate, acknowledge their contribution and to promote and conserve songs ...

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Haa to Samtse highway brings development to remote gewogs

The road passing through Tergola pass has cut the journey to four hours from four days for residents of Sangbaykha and Gakiling gewogs in Haa

Residents of Sangbaykha and Gakiling gewogs say their villages have transformed after the Haa to Samtse secondary national highway reached their gewogs a year ago. Although still under construction, villagers said they have started using the road. Both Gakiling and Sangbaykha gewog centre roads connect to the highway. The Sangbaykha ...

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Political parties pledge to refrain from corrupt practices

The panellists speak to the audience

With the third parliamentary elections months away, members of political parties claim they would refrain from resorting to corrupt practices and mudslinging to achieve their political goal. Representatives from political parties shared this during a panel discussion organised by Bhutan Democracy Dialogue (BDD), a platform for political parties to interact ...

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Body of missing retired colonel found

The body of the retired colonel who was reported missing from Thimphu more than two months was found yesterday. According to sources, yak herders saw the decomposed body of the 55-year-old hanging from a tree about an hour’s walk from Hongtsho Trashigang Goenpa in Thimphu. Although the investigation is yet ...

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Media barred from Sherig conference

The five-day Sherig Conference, which begins on December 27 at Sonamthang Central School in Pangbang, Zhemgang is closed to the media, education minister Norbu Wangchuk said. Previously known as DEOs’ Conference, the conference is considered one of the most important annual events of the education ministry where the education fraternity ...

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Infertility clinic sees about nine cases a month

Since it opened in August last year, the infertility clinic at the national referral hospital in Thimphu has seen more than 140 cases. The clinic currently provides ovulation induction (OI) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) fertility treatments. Gynecologist Dr Ugyen Tshomo said OI is a fertility treatment that uses medications to ...

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Pre-employment drug test for recruitment into the civil service

More than 400 Bhutan Civil Service Examination selected candidates are undergoing mandatory pre-employment drug test for recruitment into the civil service at the Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School in Thimphu. The test, which is done in collaboration with Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority began on December 20 and ends on December 25.

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Nu 22B in trade deficit

According to provisional statistics until September this year In the first nine months this year, the country imported goods worth more than Nu 50.36B and exported goods worth more than Nu 27.68B. This has resulted in a trade deficit of around Nu 22.6B. According to provisional trade statistics, the country’s ...

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