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NEC to start levying application and processing fees

The move drew sharp responses from the six eastern dzongkhags Clearance: Beginning July, the National Environment Commission (NEC) will start charging an application fee of Nu 500, along with a processing fee, which would depend on the nature of the work, for environmental clearances (EC). For instance, the processing fee ...

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Medical camp in Punakha draws moderate response

There were many, however, who were not told of this chance to consult US specialists Health: More than 300 people, mostly children consulted doctors from USA, who were in Punakha hospital for a five-day health camp that was organised by Helping Hands-health and education, a US based nonprofit organisation in ...

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National basketball team leaves for the Philippines

Basketball: The national basketball team has left for the Philippines for a 10-day practice trip that is expected to help them get used to the international scene. The national coach with Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF), Tenxin Jamtsho, said that the team will have practice matches with local and university teams ...

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Court not convinced by OAG’s evidence

The cases against the then Haa dzongdag are looking increasingly untenable Update: The Haa district court was not convinced with the rebuttal submission of evidence by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) against foreign minister Rinzin Dorje, who has been charged on omission, amounting to abuse of function and ...

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Longevity of Bhutan’s glaciers questionable

Though the 2035 Himalayan deadline was deemed wrong, the same can’t be said for the ones here  Symposium: Bigger Himalayan glaciers, like Siachen and Gangotri in India, can survive 300 years even with the current recession rate of 20m on an average a year, according to experts from the Geological ...

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Streamlining the environmental assessment process

The idea is to strike a balance between expediency and eco-friendly conditions Environment: To improve the environment assessment process, the environmental impact assessment (EIA) will be categorised and the terms of reference (ToR) simplified. This was deliberated during a dialogue on assessment of projects for environmental clearance (EC) between the ...

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Hospitality industry struggles to fill slots

Both high and low-end positions lie vacant as Bhutanese remain either unable or unwilling Tourism: The hospitality industry still finds it difficult to recruit Bhutanese to perform certain jobs that so far are done by expatriate workers, for whom the labour ministry no longer issues work permits. Almost three years ...

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Need for school calls teacher volunteers

Education: Six male teachers from Orong Lower Secondary School (OLSS) volunteered to teach on a rotation basis for a year at Pheluma Extended Classroom (ECR) that was reopened a few days ago after ministry’s instruction. The 22 students of the extended classroom returned to their village to continue their education ...

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Central school offers child an escape from a life of labour


Education: Eight-year-old Premila, a class-PP boarding student of Dechentsemo central school (CS), was working as a babysitter in Wangdue.  That was three months ago. One evening of last winter, she met a school staff member, who asked her if she wanted to go to school.  Her parents were consulted.  And ...

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Picture story

His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, and members of the Royal Family offered Tenzhug (prayers) for His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo at Neyzergang Khamsum Yueley Namgyel choeten in Punakha yesterday. The Tenzhug was offered in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 60th Birth Anniversary. People ...

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DCA divested of airport control

The authority may now focus on its primary mandate as overseer in its new avatar Aviation: In what should lead to better airport services and stricter enforcement of aviation rules, the information and communications ministry has approved the separation of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and the country’s four ...

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High drop out rate for Non-Formal Education

Education: The non-formal education (NFE) program, that once received the UNESCO Confucius prize for literacy for empowering more than 160,000 people, is in need of attention. Both an increasing number of learners and instructors are dropping out of the NFE every year. At least 1,142 learners dropped out in 2014, ...

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  • The new dispensation

    It was busy yesterday (Friday), with Thimphu residents engaging in another round of exchange of goodwill and offering of khadars, as a new group of officers take up important posts in the government and constitutional offices.

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My Country, My Town

  • Waifs but well fed ones: Either these pups have a guardian angel or there’s a butcher nearby Photo by Yash Wangchuk, Gelephu
  • From wheel to wall: A bicycle ringer finds a more static use in the form of a makeshift doorbell Photo by Bidur Rai, Mountain Hazelnut, Risrrbu, Wamrong
  • Shooting the messenger: An electric fence and a signboard mutilated by those shocked by the former Photo by Janga Bdr MoAF, Yusipang, Thimphu
  • The old and the mule: Both the taxi and the ass do not belong any longer on the road Photo by Arjun Subba, Kheyrig Institute