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Guideline drafted to enhance community engagement

To increase community ownership and public inclusiveness in the community discussions, the department of local governance has developed a community engagement guideline. According to the guideline, the Community Engagement Programme (CEP) will support management of local surroundings and community facilities with activities such as cleaning and anesthetic beautification of the …

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16 executives attend leadership development program

The course aims to strengthen the leadership capabilities

Sixteen executives from the civil service, comprising of 11 women and five men, attended the final component of Australia Awards short course, ‘Women in Executive Leadership Development Programme’ in Thimphu from May 21 to 23. A press release from Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) stated that the …

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Former chancery head in Bangkok sentenced for embezzlement

Thimphu dzongkhag court on May 22 sentenced the former head of chancery of Bhutan’s embassy in Bangkok to nine years and one month in prison for 12 counts of embezzlement. The court also ordered him to refund to the state Nu 16.23 million (M) that he had embezzled from the …

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Blocks along Gelephu – Zhemgang highway cleared

The Department of Roads cut a temporary route over the eroded debris at i-slip along the Gelephu - Zhemgang highway to let vehicles pass through the roadblock

The roadblocks at several locations between the Gelephu – Zhemgang highway that were caused by heavy rain were cleared by late afternoon yesterday. The highway was blocked at at-least four locations between Gelephu and Jigmechholing. A major block occurred at Ossey, 28km away from Gelephu. Falling boulders and muck blocked …

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SC upholds lower court judgment on question paper leak case

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the appeal of the official of the curriculum research and development department, who was convicted for leaking the 2014 class XII English II paper and ordered the enforcement of the lower court’s judgment. The Paro dzongkhag court and High Court’s bench II convicted Kuenga Dorji …

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Non- performing loans increase by Nu 2B

Service and tourism sector is the highest defaulter Non-performing loans (NPL) has increased from Nu 5.73B in 2016 to Nu 8.25B last year, according to the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA). When a borrower is not making interest payments or repaying any principal for a certain period of time prescribed by …

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Chukha constructs 56 new farm roads in 11th Plan

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay at the 11th Plan’s final report meeting

Meeting the zero infant and under-five mortality rates are the only targets Chukha has not achieved during the 11th Plan. These targets are listed as at risk. Chukha has achieved 45 of the 54 targets, according to the report the dzongkhag officials presented yesterday in Gedu. Seven targets are on …

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JDWNRH short of 3D ultrasound specialists

The only sub-specialist in MFM, Dr Phurb Dorji is providing voluntary service at the hospital  Bhutan requires four maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists, two in the national referral hospital and one each in the regional referral hospitals, according to health officials. MFM specialist is an ob-gyn with specialised training to manage …

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Victim of elephant attack discharged from hospital

A 34-year-old farmer who was attacked by an elephant in Khamethang chiwog in Phuntshothang gewog on May 21 has been discharged from Samdrupjongkhar hospital. Hospital officials said that the victim was discharged because apart from bruises on the lower back, he did not suffer major injuries. The victim was attacked …

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High Court dismisses Wangdue NC election case

The larger bench of the High Court yesterday dismissed the National Council election dispute case that one of the candidates, Passang Thrinlee, from Wangdue filed on April 30.  A candidate, Passang Thrinlee, who had contested the recent National Council elections from Wangdue, moved the High Court to investigate four counts …

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Koufuku goes for premium dairy products

The dairy plant plans to produce some 10,000 cups of pro-biotic yoghurt a day

Plans to produce four different types of premium pro-biotic yoghurt With milk quality improving, Koufuku International Limited (KIL), a dairy processing plant at Chenary in Trashigang is now focusing on producing premium dairy products. The plant’s stirred Swiss-style yoghurt produced for the first time this month has received positive feedback …

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Enhancing access to help the victims of the domestic violence

At the Consensus Building Programme workshop in Thimphu yesterday, participants deliberated on what might be discouraging victims of domestic violence from availing the services of the formal justice system. Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law’s clinical legal expert, Stephan Sonnenberg, said that the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) has the full …

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