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Government reinstates Committee of Secretaries

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji and Finance Minister Namgay Tshering brief the media yesterday at the first session of Meet Our PM, which will be held every Friday at the Gyalyong Tshokhang courtyard

The government has reinstated the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) four years after the erstwhile committee was dissolved. CoS comprises the cabinet secretary and the secretaries of 10 ministries and advises the Cabinet on the pros and cons of its decisions. Speaking with the media yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering …

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Partnership to eradicate poor vision

Chairman and CEO of Essilor International, Hubert Sagnieres, signed the LoI with the health secretary Dr Ugen Dophu yesterday

With the signing of the letter of intent (LoI) in Thimphu yesterday, health ministry has partnered with Essilor International to eradicate poor vision in Bhutan. Essilor International is the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company. Director general of the department of medical services, Dr Pandup Tshering, said that signing of the LoI gave …

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Cabinet endorses 12th Plan in principle

In the first Meet-the-PM programme in Thimphu yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering announced that the draft 12th Five Year Plan was approved. Prime Minister said that the government met with the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) on December 6 to discuss the 12th Plan. “We discussed all the Plan’s …

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Three-year-old boy dies in fire incident 

The traditional house was razed to the ground on December 5 evening

A three-year-boy died in a fire that razed a two-storied traditional house in Tandingang village of Tang, Bumthang on December 5. According to a source, the fire started between 3:40pm and 3:45pm and the child was alone when the incident happened. The source said the boy’s parents were out for work …

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SAARC Charter day today

A thousand butter lamps will be lit at the Kuenray of the Tashichhodzong today to celebrate the establishment of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and observe the 34th anniversary of the signing of the SAARC Charter A press release from the foreign ministry states that the SAARC …

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Govt. to reconsider BBIN

Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

The government will reconsider the motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN), which was deferred indefinitely by the previous Parliament. Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji told media persons in Thimphu yesterday that Bhutanese trucks were facing difficulties passing through Bangladesh since the country had not ratified the …

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Using traditional paintings to communicate climate change

A painting depicts impact of climate change

In the memory of, a traditional painting displayed at an independent student exhibition on environment art, designed by the youngest artist among nine, was the one to be sold first on the third day of the exhibition on December 3 in Thimphu. The painting by Tandin Tshering, a 19-year-old artist …

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Local quarry operators unhappy with SMCL’s crushing unit

The stone quarry and crushing unit in Chiya has been closed since October this year

Until two months ago, a stone quarry in Udzorong, Trashigang, which was established since 2012 was a success story. The Chiya stone quarry and a crushing unit that produced 30 tons of stone aggregates per hour to meet the local demands, had to shut down. Local operators claim that their business has …

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Boosting community engagement in Chali

Sonam runs a homestay and sells ornamental plants

Chali gewog in Mongar is taking initiatives to improve community engagement in various activities in the gewog. Waste management initiatives and the creation of user groups for better information dissemination and community engagement are some of the initiatives.  Last year, gewog administration officer, Tshering Dema, along with other officers through …

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73-year-old NFE instructor wants to continue teaching


Age has not barred a non-formal education (NFE) instructor from teaching farmers in one of the most remote villages in Bongo, Chukha. At 73, Serchung is one of the oldest NFE instructors in the country today. He teaches the villagers of Damji. He said he started working as an instructor in 1993. Prior to his …

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FMCL loses rice and chilli to elephants in Gelephu

FMCL’s crushed paddy fields

The Regional Farm Machinery Corporation (RFMCL) in Gelephu lost more than 90 percent of its paddy harvest to elephants this year. Harvesting has just begun but there is barely anything to collect, officials said. The RFMCL this year planted paddy on about 50 acres of wetland in the fishery area …

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Study recommends stillbirth surveillance

The stillbirth rate for Bhutan is 10 per 1,000 live births, which is lower than 16 per 1,000 live births estimated in a medical journal, Lancet Series 2015. This is according to a retrospective study published in the recent Bhutan Health Journal. Stillbirth is an important public health concern but …

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