• Digital Drukyul to empower citizen and improve service delivery

    The government has begun implementing the ICT flagship programme, Digital Drukyul, which will transform public service delivery and digitally empower citizens.The programme is in line with His Majesty The King’s vision to use technology in addressing issues in healthcare, education and agriculture to improve governance and democracy, create jobs, enhance wellbeing, make the cities safer and cleaner, and bring overall benefit to the citizens of Bhutan. 

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Indian Ambassador to Bhutan Ruchira Kamboj greets children of the Indian community in Thimphu who took part in the celebration of India’s 73rd independence day yesterday

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A milestone in Bhutan’s space science and technology

The telescopes will be managed by Bhutanese students

Bhutan’s venture into space science and technology began with the launch of the country’s first CubeSat, BHUTAN-1 last year. This marked the country’s first step towards development of Bhutan’s Space Science and Technology Programme, a vision of His Majesty The King. Last week, in what was yet another milestone in …

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Pilot project to reduce gastric cancer in Bhutan

Collaborators sign the minute of meeting on the pilot project for eradication of gastric cancer in Bhutan on August 14

Stomach and cervical cancers constitute the majority of the cancer burden in Bhutan. The average annual incidence of stomach cancer is 24 per 100,000 people, and cervical cancer 25 per 100,000 people. About 2,648 cancer cases were recorded with the cancer registry at JDWNRH from 2014 to 17. Of the …

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Experts meet to thrash ICT policies and regulation issues

The industries will share their perspective and discuss the latest trends of telecom services

Bhutan is hosting the 19th Asia-Pacific Telecomunity (APT) Policy and Regulatory Forum (PRF). The forum began in Thimphu on August 14. It is an annual event where policy makers and regulators meet to discuss issues related to telecommunications and ICT policy and regulation that are of common interest. The discussion aims …

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Outstanding youth recognised with awards

Youth Caring Community (YCC) and Nazhoen Lamtoen recognised young volunteers for their efforts and contributions towards the development of youth and positive community with National Young Achievers Award in Thimphu on August 12. Themed “Transforming Education”, the event highlighted and recognised efforts of young people who were committed to engaging …

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Aftercare facility to help kidney patients

Transplant recipients offer prayers at the national memorial choeten

In 2005, 40-year-old Sonam Tshering had a successful kidney transplant. In 2015, he had to undergo another kidney transplant surgery due to carelessness aftercare. “We didn’t have kidney foundation then to provide awareness on the aftercare, medical care, follow-up review, and infections,” Sonam said. To read more, please subscribe by …

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Trashigang dzongkhag to deploy an engineer for two gewogs

Local leaders in Trashigang are frustrated. They claim they discussed the need for engineers and accountants in gewogs during dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) several times. They also cited the provisions of Local Government Act that mandates deployment of engineers and accountants in every gewog. They are questioning why the Royal Civil …

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MHPA formalises electricity export

Mangdechhu is expected to generate another 3B unit, bringing additional revenue of Nu 12B annually

The Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA) will start billing its revenue from India by the end of this month. The signing of power purchase agreement (PPA) took place yesterday in Thimphu between Druk Green Power Corporation Limited (DGPC) and Power Trading Corporation of India Limited (PTC). A PPA is the principal agreement that defines …

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Highway damage: Commuters use 30-year-old suspension bridge

The suspension bridge in Kamichu

With about 700 meters of the Tsirang-Wangdue highway submerged completely between Zawakha and Kamichu, commuters are forced to use a 30-year-old suspension bridge in Kamichu. Following the massive damages caused by the flashflood from Phudorongchu in Jarigang on the night of August 6, the highway has been closed for traffic …

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Another strategy to fight corruption

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, ACC chairperson Kinely Yangzom, Legtshog Lopen Sangay Dorji and UNDP Resident Representative Azusa Kubota at the NIACS 2019-2023 launch yesterday

In its fight against corruption, Bhutan has shown progressive improvement. From 26th position in 2017, the country jumped to 25th out of 180 countries last year on the Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). In an effort to make the country corruption free and further reinforce DAMTSI (developing accountable, …

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NCWC and BNEW launch Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus

Parliamentarians and participants discussed opportunities and challenges of BWPC yesterday

The National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) and Bhutan Network for Empowering Women (BNEW) launched a joint initiative for gender equality yesterday in Thimphu. Called the Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus (BWPC), it is expected to address the need for women role models at leadership and decision-making levels by facilitating …

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Engaging youth meaningfully

About 580 youth, teachers and officials attended the first National youth engagement and health literacy meet (Photo: Ajit Mishra)

A sound physical and mental health of a youth defines the growth of nation, but in a globalised world it is becoming challenging, and youth are the most vulnerable section of a community. About 580 young people, teachers, and officials gathered at the first National Youth Engagement and Health Literacy …

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