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Business not as usual for automobile workshops in Trashigang 

With most commuters plying the Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway, automobile workshops along the Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar road are seeing a decline in business.

Business for automobile workshops in Trashigang that repair and maintain vehicles plying the Trashigang – Samdrupjongkhar highway has dried-up after the opening of the Gyalpoizhing – Nganglam highway. Serzang workshop’s owner Tshewang Namgyel said two years ago, development activities were on going across the eastern dzongkhags and their automobiles were …

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A retreat centre for nuns of Pema Choling Nunnery in Bumthang opened at Pangkha in Nyisho Wangdue on February 9. The centre can accommodate eight nuns.

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15 private schools to enroll class XI students on scholarship

Fifteen of the 21 private schools across the country have agreed to enroll class X students who could not be admitted in public schools on government scholarships. The education ministry has placed 7,808 of the total 12,033 students who passed the Bhutan Certificate of Secondary Education (BCSE) class X examination …

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Govt. shifts focus from primary to secondary and tertiary health care

The Prime Minister has instructed the health ministry to not construct grade II Basic Health Units (BHU) anymore. All BHUs would provide the services offered by those categorised as level I. Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering announced this at the Friday meet yesterday where he also said that the government would …

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Bureaucratic hurdles burden academicians

Most of the government decisions are based on intuition and assumptions and less dependent on empirical research and evidence. This was the highlight at the national convention on promoting research and innovation in Bhutan organised by the Royal University of Bhutan, Centre for Rural Development Studies, and Institute of Gross National Happiness Studies.

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  The six-week oral transmission and empowerment of the Nyingma Gyubum or the canonical collection of esoteric tantric texts from His Eminence Drupwang Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche concluded yesterday with the offering of Tangrag or the thanks giving offering to the deities in Gelephu, Sarpang. 

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BAFRA seizes banned vegetables

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) in Phuentsholing intercepted five vehicles yesterday and seized banned vegetables at the Rinchending check post.

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War of words between NC Chairperson and OL over cut-off point

The issue of constitutionality of the government’s decision to do away with the cut-off point for Class X continues to be the subject of hot debate. National Council’s (NC) chairperson, Tashi Dorji, has accused the opposition party of trying to drag the House of Review into a political difference between the ruling and opposition parties.

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Deferment of loan repayment not implemented yet

More than three weeks after labour minister Ugyen Dorji announced that the government had decided to defer the loan repayment to help youth in Japan, the decision is not yet implemented. The Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) is yet to receive the notification from the government to implement its decision …

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Woman sentenced to two months for threatening ACC official

Thimphu district court’s bench I on February 4 sentenced a 42-year-old woman from Phangyul, Wangduephodrang to two months for harassing and threatening an Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) investigating official. The court however, allowed Kezang Deki to pay thrimthue in lieu of imprisonment as per the Penal Code of Bhutan. Section 13 …

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