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National day celebrated in Belgium

Bhutanese Embassy in Brussels, Belgium hosted a reception on December 15 on the occasion of the 110th National Day. During the reception, Ambassador Pema Choden highlighted the importance and significance of the event that commemorates the coronation of Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck, the first Druk Gyalpo, in 1907. Ambassador Pema Choden ...

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12 lottery prizes won on National Day

Twelve lottery prizes were claimed during the 110th National Day Celebrations in Haa yesterday. The most coveted prize, Yanmar power tiller with rotary tiller, plough, trailer, paddy wheel and an adaptor worth about Nu 362,687, went to Pema Wangchuk from Trashiyangtse.       The 26-year-old had come from Thimphu ...

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29.1 percent of male children not interested in education

Although six years is the official minimum age for entering primary school, 42 percent of the population aged six years and above do not have education according to the Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) 2017. Sixty-six percent of the population aged six years and above are literate. Literacy rate is ...

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Dojanchey farm road construction to resume

The incomplete 1km Dojanchey farm road

The construction of the 10km farm road in Dojanchey village in Darla, Chukha, is expected to resume in about two weeks. Of the 10km, only 1.5km has been constructed and villagers say that gewog officials told them there was no budget to continue the construction. Kelzari tshogpa, Dawa Tshering, said ...

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“I am contesting to provide people a choice”

A 38-year-old finance officer is among the many that have expressed their intent to contest from Dagana in the upcoming National Council (NC) election. There are at least 21 NC aspirants from Dagana, one of the highest among all 20 dzongkhags. But the large number of aspirants has not deterred ...

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ToT for hospitality trainers

The training aims to create a pool of quality master trainers

Some 15 associate lecturers and trainers with the hospitality and tourism institutes in the country attended a train the trainer (TTT) programme at the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality in Thimphu from December 12. The programme coordinator, Thinley Gyeltshen, said that currently there are limited number of hospitality trainers ...

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App to curb fare overcharge and ensures passenger safety

The Ministry of Information and Communications’ (MOIC) information and communications technology (ICT) division developed a mobile application to monitor fare overcharge and ensure safety for those travelling during the night. The app, DRUKtransport, which was launched on December 6, is expected to curb fare overcharge for taxis and public transports. ...

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Labour ministry to publish labour force survey report 2016

After withholding it, the labour ministry has decided to publish the 14th Labour Force Survey Report (LFSR) 2016. Labour ministry officials had then claimed that they needed to review the findings of the LFSR after the technical team found technical issues with the sampling, survey instruments, methodologies, and definition of ...

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Health ministry to activate specialist retention strategy

Asks GNHC to continue studying the possibility of corporatising JDWNRH, among others The health ministry has written to the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) to continue the study on assessing the possibility of corporatising Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). The December 11 letter was sent in response to ...

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The thromde has notified that a disruption of a pipeline at the old highway near the main junction above Olakha automobile workshop has cut off water supply for the residents of Babesa LAP. The reinstatement of the disrupted pipeline connecting the Chamgang water treatment plant is expected to take some ...

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Yangchen Gatshel LSS enrolls special needs students

There are 27 students with special needs in the school

Yangchen Gatshel Lower Secondary School in Thimphu became the 16th school to offer inclusive and special education programmes in the country. The school has enrolled 27 Special Education Needs (SEN) students. A press release from the education ministry states that the programme opened on December 13. With this, the education ...

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