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Bhutan witnesses gender imparity rise

Ranking 124th of the 144 countries, the global gender gap report (GGGR) 2017 shows that Bhutan saw an increase in gender imparity over the past few years. This is a drop from the 121st position in 2016. In 2013, i Bhutan ranked 93th of 136 countries. The report stated that the highest …

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Sherig conference rolls out significant plans

Education Minister Norbu Wangchuk at the press conference

Ministry of Education has a plan to provide one laptop every teacher in the 12th Five-Year Plan period. This was one of the resolutions of Sherig Conference that was held from December 27 to 31 in Sonamthang Central School, Zhemgang. Education Secretary Karma Yeshey said that providing a laptop was …

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Pakshikha lab. assistant missing

A 35-year-old chemistry laboratory assistant of Pakshikha Central School in Gedu, Chukha, has been missing since the afternoon of December 28. The senior superintendent of police (SSP) from Phuentsholing, Colonel Wangchukla, said that a relative of the missing man, who works in Lhaki Steels and Rolling Private Limited in Phuentsholing, …

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DPT announces two more candidates; Nanong-Shumar MP not to recontest

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) says the party’s preparation for the 2018 parliamentary election is gathering momentum.  This week, the party introduced two new candidates. The party has nominated Lungten Namgyal, 33, to represent Pemagatshel’s Nanong-Shumar constituency. He holds a Bachelors degree in Life Science from Sherubtse College. DPT MP Dechen …

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Dagana has a former journalist as lone female NC aspirant

Chador Wangmo

Former journalist, Chador Wangmo, 31, is the lone female candidate standing for the  upcoming National Council (NC) election from Dagana. She will contest against 20 male candidates. Chador Wangmo said that people in rural areas think men are more capable than women. “I want to change the mindset and be …

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Dharma programme should be for a month: Participants

The programme is aimed at grooming youth

The ongoing dharma trogar (DT) programme at Ugyen Dorji monastery in Pasakha, Phuentsholing has proved beneficial to about 104 young students of Phuentsholing Thromde. The programme by the Institute of Science of Mind (ISM) under the Zhung Dratshang involves lectures on Buddhist spiritual values and education on mind and meditation. …

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Additional construction leads to footpath construction delay

The delay has likely led to rise in the project cost

The construction of a six-kilometre footpath from Lungtenzampa to Babesa, which was supposed to be completed by September last year, has been delayed due to additional construction. The construction is expected to complete this month. Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said that additional projects had to be taken up such as the …

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Learners hold onto their last NFE centre in Sangbaykha

NFE learners practise a Dzongkha dance

A group of men and women are practising a performance at the school ground in Bebji village of Sangbaykha gewog, Haa. The group consists of elderly non-formal education (NFE) learners. The NFE learners at the last centre in Sangbaykha applaud after each performance. Harka Bahadur Rai is one of the …

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Conservation officials accused of embezzling fund

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is reviewing the report of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) investigation into a fund embezzlement case in Takin restocking work. The ACC forwarded the investigation report, asking for probable prosecution last month. The OAG prosecutor said they are reviewing the ACC report to determine …

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Multidimensional poverty drops between 2012 and 2017

About 6 percent of Bhutanese are multidimensionally poor this year, a decrease from 12 percent in 2012, according to the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2017. The report stated that among indicators belonging to the dimension of living standards, there was a large improvement in cooking fuel and sanitation between 2012 …

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Startups face challenges with policies and non-availability of raw materials

Despite efforts to promote entrepreneurship in the country, government policies and availability of raw materials constrain startups in the country. A 26-year-old entrepreneur who started his business six months ago said that most of the government policies are aimed at bigger businesses. “When we suggest about finding investors from abroad, …

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Thromde yet to decide on incinerator

Thimphu Thromde and stakeholders will decide whether the country should use waste incinerator after a viability study is completed. Environmental officer of Thimphu Tromde, Phub Tshering, said incinerators are expensive and could have financial implications. “High-tech incinerator could cost over millions.” It was found that a drug incinerator was needed …

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