• Maternal health improves

    The situation of maternal health in the country has improved over the years. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) has decreased to 89 in 2017 from 380 per 100,000 live births in 1994. This is according to a study on the situation of maternal health in Bhutan, published in the recent Bhutan Health Journal.

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Fire safety still lacking in dzongs: RAA

Audit: Fire safety measures are still lacking and inadequate in dzongs despite losing historical monuments of paramount significance such as Wangdue Dzong and Paro Taktsang to fire the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has found following its performance audit of disaster management in Bhutan.

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Eight more central schools in 2017

Education: In an effort to take the number of central school to 60 by the end of the 11th Plan, the government will open eight more central schools beginning the next academic year.

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Weather disrupts Paro-Bumthang flights

Officials dismissed allegations that the airline is not interested in operating domestically

Aviation: Drukair has been able to fly only one out of four scheduled flights to Batpalathang, Bumthang in July. Three flights have been cancelled so far.

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Two Bhutanese robbed in Jaigaon

Suspects still at large

Crime: A man in his 60s, who is a resident of Trongsa reported to Phuentsholing police that he had lost his bag containing Nu 400,000, ATM cards, bills and other documents near a shopping centre in Jaigaon, where he had his vehicle parked, on July 9.

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Golden Youth to mentor youth at risk

Youth: After a weeklong competition among 80 students of the Golden Youth Award camp, Nawa Raj Rai, from Mendrelgang central school in Tsirang took away the prestigious title of Golden Youth Award winner.

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RAA recommends reviewing tax law

Systematic and effective approach to tax assessment lacking and information base not adequate, RAA says

Tax: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) recommends reviewing tax laws and regulations to tighten revenue leakage from Business Income Tax (BIT).

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Developments in the agriculture sector

As stated in the state of the nation report that the PM presented last week

Report: The government has paid Nu 119 million (M) as compensation for tsamdro (pastureland) in 17 dzongkhags so far in line with the Land Act while the Land Commission is also finalising the rules to lease tsamdros.

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A gup and a mother

Tashiding’s incumbent woman gup says the post is easier than household chores and farming, will re-contest 

LG: Gup Namgay Pelden says that the apparently difficult task of serving at the post of gup turned out to be easier than anticipated.

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