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RemitBhutan records USD 3.5M until May

One year and eight months into operation, RemitBhutan has recorded a total of USD 3.5M inward remittances by non-resident Bhutanese. RemitBhutan is a platform facilitated by Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) for non-resident Bhutanese to operate foreign currency accounts with any authorised bank in Bhutan. It was launched in September 2016. …

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NA women candidates get to know CSOs and youth

The programme aimed at strengthening women participation and representation in leadership

There is a need for a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) policy, collaboration between the CSOs and the government, an education system with values to address youth issues and equal representation of youth and CSOs in decision and policymaking process of the government. This was discussed during the platform for preparing …

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Environmental adjudication for the judiciary of Bhutan

Climate change policy will specify roles and responsibilities of sectors

A workshop on environmental adjudication for the judiciary of Bhutan, recommended awareness programmes, need to include climate change in the education curriculum, strengthening coordination among stakeholders, and capacity building to combat climate change in the country. An official from NEC said that there is a need for awareness on climate …

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Solar fencing proves effective in Gangkhar village

A total of 4.7km of solar fencing surrounds Gangkhar village in Udzorong today

Until last year, farmers in Gangkhar village in Udzorong gewog, Trashigang spent sleepless nights in temporary sheds guarding their crops from wild animals. Even during the day, farmers were engaged guarding their crops. Located atop a hill, the village is surrounded by dense forest making it an easy target for …

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Sand from Sunkosh to meet increasing demand

Natural Resource Development Corporation Ltd will begin extracting sand from Sunkosh to meet the growing demand for sand in the western and south-central region. Having sought all clearances from the department of forests, NRDCL is waiting for the water level in Sunkosh to recede. Mineral Resource Division’s general manager, Deo …

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Thailand PM arrives today

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-o-cha (Retd) arrives in the country today. He is on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and is accompanied by his spouse, Associate professor Naraporn Chan-o-cha, Thailand foreign minister Don Pramudwinai and other senior …

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Baypam residents unhappy with closure of community school 

The community PS in Baypam village has been closed since 2016 ​

You can almost hear the wind screeching through the broken windowpanes of an abandoned school in Baypam village in Udzorong, Trashigang. The once bustling corridors and classrooms are silent today. Located amid tall pine trees, the overgrowth covering the structure gives the place an eerie ambiance. It was in 2004 …

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His Majesty The King yesterday granted Dhar to the new Secretary of Cabinet Secretariat and the new dzongdags for Trongsa, Tsirang and Zhemgang dzongkhags. (From left) Director General of Bilateral Affairs Kesang Wangdi is appointed as the Cabinet Secretary. Secretary of Bhutan Council for School Examinations & Assessment, Tenzin Dorji, …

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ECB notifies postal voters to register

As part of their preparation for the third National Assembly elections, dzongkhag election offices have started inviting eligible postal ballot voters for registration. Registration of postal voters is completed before the election period, as per the postal ballot rules and regulations. Any registration after the announcement of the elections is …

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Bhutan presents voluntary national review at UN

Bhutan presented its voluntary national review (VNR) on the implementation of the 2030 agenda and Sustainable Development Goals on July 17. Bhutan was among 47 other UN member states that presented their VNR to the high-level political forum (HLPF) under the auspices of ECOSOC at the United Nations in New …

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Supreme Court Chief Justice, Tshering Wangchuk opened the two-day workshop on environmental adjudication for the judiciary of Bhutan yesterday evening in Thimphu. The workshop will discuss climate change adjudication, environmental cases, and environmental law among others. Representatives from ADB, UN Environment, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Environment Commission, judges, lawyers, …

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