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Bhutan to dispatch medical team to Nepal

Nepal Earthquake updates: 4:27pm – Upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King, Bhutan will be sending a 37-member medical team assisted by 15 Desuups to Kathmandu to offer medical assistance for the earthquake relief operations. The medical team coordinated by the Kidu Mobile Medical Unit (KMMU), will comprise ...

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Spike in alcohol imports since lift of ban

Trade: Alcohol imports last year soared by almost Nu 100M (million) after the government lifted the ban on import of alcohol soon after it came to office, Bhutan trade statistics show. In 2014, a total of Nu 301M was spent on importing 3.3M liters of alcohol. In January last year, ...

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Injury/death at the workplace

Despite laws being in place, due compensation is seldom paid without labour ministry prodding Labour: Thimphu thromde will have to compensate the municipal worker, who died on duty on April 1, in line with the labour laws, say labour ministry officials. Municipal worker Amrit Bdr Rai, 73, was killed near ...

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MoLHR survey plumbs the depths of youth unemployment

An analysis of a social malaise that is only set to become bigger Employment: The level of education alone is not sufficient to secure gainful employment, according to the labour ministry’s “unemployed youth perspective survey, 2014.” The type of education and skills a jobseeker possesses is equally vital, it states, ...

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Tang applies for cordyceps permit

DT: With less than two months left for cordyceps collection, people of Tang in Bumthang are seeking permits to collect cordyceps from the mountains within their gewog. Tang gup, Thinley Namgay, raised the issue at the recent dzongkhag tshogdu (DT), saying that the people of Tang must also be given ...

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Police detain two in Thimphu over drug offences

Crime: Thimphu police arrested a 24-year-old man from Changzamtog for possession of dried marijuana leaves yesterday. Police said the man, who also tested positive for drugs, confessed that he brought the marijuana from Phuentsholing.  Along with him, three acquaintances were also tested for drugs, but were found negative.

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DPT seeks to withdraw libel case

The party says it wishes to do so ‘in the larger interest of the nation’ Legal: Druk Phuensum Tshogpa submitted its intention to withdraw the libel case it filed against Dasho Paljor J Dorji alias Dasho Benji, in the larger interest of the nation, to Thimphu district court’s bench V, ...

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1 out of 4 BFS transactions fail

The financial switch that allows ATM and PoS to function has a less than perfect record Banking: Almost a quarter of transactions made through Bhutan financial switch (BFS) in the last two years have been unsuccessful. BFS facilitates connectivity between the banks for customers to avail automated teller machine (ATM) ...

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Promotions until P2 decentralised to agencies

The move is expected to allow the commission to focus on its core mandates RCSC: Come July, promotions from O4 to P2 will not have to come to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). This, the RCSC says will reduce administrative burden on the commission as human resource (HR) committees ...

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Picture story

Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, who is in Lucerne, Switzerland on the invitation of the World Tourism Forum delivered the keynote address at the opening of the forum on April 23.     

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RICBL completes insurance payments in nine districts

Claims for 873 houses across 11 districts have been estimated at about Nu 15 million  Windstorm:  Save for Tsirang and Dagana, the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) has completed paying rural insurance claims for all houses that reported minor to major damages from the April 4 windstorm. The windstorm, ...

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