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Bhutan deposits UN convention against corruption

A delegation from Bhutan is currently attending the 71st session of the UN general assembly

UN: Foreign minister Damcho Dorji deposited Bhutan’s Instrument of Ratification of the UN Convention Against Corruption on September 21.

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Japan week begins tomorrow

Relations: A high-level delegation from Japan led by Member of the House of Representatives of Japan and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Katsuyuki Kawai, is scheduled to arrive in Bhutan tomorrow to attend the opening ceremony of Japan Week in Bhutan, according to a foreign ministry press release.

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Hema Hema gets special mention at Toronto film fest


Film: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s fourth feature film Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait was awarded with a special mention by an international jury for being placed second at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), according to a press release issued by Tsong Tsong Ma Productions.

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Zhabdrung’s relics exhibited

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck graced the opening ceremony of two exhibitions on Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel at the Royal Textile Academy in Thimphu yesterday

Exhibition: A visit to the Royal Textile Academy (RTA) will give visitors a rare glimpse of sacred relics that once belonged to Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel and some of his reincarnations.

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RMA releases Nu 1,000 commemorative notes

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and RMA Governor Dasho Penjore unveil the Nu 1,000 denomination commemorative banknotes at the Banquet Hall, yesterday

A foreign currency account facility for Non-Resident Bhutanese was also launched Currency: The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) yesterday released commemorative banknotes of Nu 1,000 denomination to celebrate the Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.

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World Bank provides grant of USD 3.8M

…to improve hydromet services and disaster preparedness  Disaster: The World Bank has provided a grant of USD 3.8 million (equivalent to Nu 258 million) to improve the country’s hydromet services and disaster preparedness.

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Improving food safety

Workshop: In an effort to create awareness on the importance of Codex and the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) activities in the area of food safety, trade and public health, the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regularity Authority (BAFRA) organised a high-level advocacy meeting on Codex and INFOSAN networking in Paro.

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Report on judiciary calls for improvements


However, most issues are being addressed by an ongoing reform

Judiciary: The first judicial integrity scan report which provides a host of recommendations to improve the judiciary was launched yesterday.

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My Country, My Town

  • Back-up security: Just the sheer number of locks on this gate, it is hoped, will dissuade any would-be burglar/s Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS, MoAF
  • Ominous sign: If such is the state of the instructions, one shudders to countenance the shape of the equipment Photo by Dawa Yoezer
  • The perils of alcoholism: Wonder how much the sleeper will get charged for parking Photo by Tshewang Chogyel, DBCW, Khasadrapchu, Thimphu
  • Nothing is safe nowadays: Still it’s hard to figure out what exactly is under lock and key here Photo by Tshering Doma, ICS, MoAF
  • Crate expectations: Either a bumper apple crop is expected or the harvest turned out to be below par Photo by Pema Tshering, RBG, Thimphu
  • Plastic in place of plants: The presence of this manmade material is all-pervasive on the planet Photo by Pema Tshering, RBG, Thimphu