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Meet the people programme suspended during election period

Following the Election Commission of Bhutan’s public advisory to avoid public meetings and gatherings from February to May and August to October this year, the weekly Meet the People Programme has been suspended until the National Council (NC) elections are over. According to records with the Cabinet secretariat, 200 meet ...

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Thromde to strictly monitor encroachment of footpaths

Thimphu thromde would no longer allow shopkeepers and vendors stacking and selling their goods on the newly built footpaths in the city, thromde officials said. Thimphu thromde on January 26 issued a notification reminding shopkeepers and vendors not to misuse the walkways and states that fines would be imposed for ...

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Wangdue reports three forest fires last week

The fire at Kameychhu is not completely contained Soon after the Khujula fire was contained in Wangduephodrang, a forest fire in Khotakha and Kameychhu broke out on February 15. Wangdue dzongdag Sonam Jamtsho said the forest fire in Khotokha was contained on February 18. “The fire in Kameychhu is almost ...

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An amateur artist takes up dotted art

Manzil Lama works on his art

A canvas, a steady hand and patience is what takes a promising artist, Manzil Lama in Phuentsholing, to painstakingly craft a surreal portrait of Punakha dzong from a billion points (dots) of ink pens. Just three years into art, the 32-year-old has developed a knack for realistic pointillism in 3D ...

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Substance abuse family support group awaits training

A month and a half after the Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority (BNCA) launched the first family support group (FSG) in Lungtenphug, Thimphu to address substance abuse issues in the family, the programme has not yet made any progress. The programme, launched on December 29 last year, was aimed at empowering ...

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Repeat offenders commit 72% of traffic offences

Repeat offenders committed 43,225 traffic offences of the total 59,746 recorded between 2011 and 2016. This means, repeat offenders committed 72 percent of the total traffic offences, according to the traffic offence report published by the information and communications ministry. The top five traffic offences are using hand-held cell phone ...

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Workers prefer to be placed overseas through govt., not agents

Bhutanese working in the Middle East raised concerns related to jobs the agent offer, monitoring and government’s direct tie with employers overseas. Officials from labour and human resources ministry visited United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar from October 3 to 21 last year. Overseas employment agents have ...

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Space crunch in Phuentsholing could affect admission

There are only four schools under Phuentsholing Thromde and admission is increasingly becoming a major problem. Space crunch is the main challenge facing the thromde. Thromde education officer (TEO), Dorji Wangchuk, said that thromde faces the challenge of limited schools and shortage of classrooms. Dorji Wangchuk said that this year ...

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Logistics upset execution of PISA-D pre-test III

Bhutan had registered late for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)-D Pre-Test III. This gave the education ministry and the Bhutan Council for School Examination Assessment (BSCEA) limited time to prepare, adapt questions in the Bhutanese context, to train coordinators and to code test instrument. It was for these ...

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NDLEU to address drug-related issues in the east

Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority (BNCA) inaugurated Narcotic Drugs Law Enforcement Unit (NDLEU) at Samdrupjongkhar police station on February 14. The unit was set up in collaboration with Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), dzongkhag administration, thromde, and customs and trade to reduce drug supply and demand. BNCA’s deputy chief programme officer, Chhimi ...

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Organic vegetable supply from Gasa coincide with lean season

Results in high end hotels procuring less Inconsistencies in the real produce bought against the demand reflected in the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was one of the challenges experienced during the first year of marketing Gasa’s organic farm group to high-end hotels in Thimphu. Issues on difficulty in transportation and ...

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