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Five companies to be ISO certified

This means their products will be of international standards Food: Come April and five companies, including the national airline, DrukAir would supply international standard food products to their customers if they qualify the final stage of the certification process. Bhutan Agro Industries, Zimdra Foods, Bhutan Milk and Agro Pvt. Ltd, ...

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BCSEA board meets but no decision reached

Update: No decision was made as of yesterday evening on the English II paper although Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA) board met to review its last decision as per Cabinet’s directives. While the meeting went late into the night, a decision is yet to be made, BCSEA ...

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On the rise again

Price of timber shoot despite government fixed arte in place Timber: The price of sawn timer, at least in the capital, is going back to the 2012 levels, when construction was booming and timber prices skyrocketed. Despite the price being fixed by a national resource pricing committee, sawn timber is ...

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Of fear, rumours and security

COVER STORY: From this side of Norbugang (Dholpani) in Sarpang, the whole expanse of Gelephu spreads like a vast green carpet emblazoned with myriad little white dwellings. Far beyond the richly fulvous fields that extend until a long line of thick, tall and dark forest, farmers are winding their farm ...

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Dirty old town

Under the warm setting sun, Sarpang town, located about 32kms away from Gelephu, remains a busy hub where travellers rest before heading to Gelephu. Some stop to eat at restaurants while others stretch for a breath of fresh air. What was once a thriving and oldest town is today nothing ...

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Building better guns

HEALTH & FITNESS: Dear sir, I am having difficulty developing my arms despite working out regularly. It’s frustrating to put in so much work with no results. I am doing three sets of three different exercises for both biceps and triceps for 12, 8 and 6 repetitions each. I also feel that my ...

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FDI policy relaxed to attract investors

33 FDI projects worth Nu 24.7B approved in last five years FDI: Foreign direct investment (FDI) firms earning non-convertible currency and Indian rupee can now repatriate their dividends in convertible currency like US dollar, Euro and Great Britain Pound. FDI companies involved in service activities in the priority list like ...

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No indication on corporate salary raise

Pay: More than six months after salaries for civil servants were revised, pay raise for corporate employees is unlikely to come anytime soon. The finance ministry has not decided anything on the corporate salary raise. Finance secretary, Lam Dorji said the ministry has to propose the revision, which would be ...

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B. Ed vacancies slashed by more than half

Employment: Nima Zangmo chose to become a teacher. The 23-year-old qualified to study in Sherubtse college after she completed her higher secondary school, and training to be a teacher, she assumed, would guarantee her a job. She joined the Paro College of Education in 2010. However, having completed her four-year ...

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Less vehicle accidents but more fatalities last year

RSTA: Despite a large fall in the number of vehicle accidents, the number of fatalities on the road was higher in 2014 as compared to the previous year. There was about 23 percent decrease in vehicle accidents from 1,023 in 2013 to 791 in 2014. Of these accidents 76 percent ...

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Power restored after 20 hours

Blackout: Power in Trongsa and Bumthang was restored at around 6:40 pm yesterday after 20 hours of blackout caused by a broken jumper at Bayling between Yurmu in Trongsa and Tingtibi substation under Zhemgang. A jumper is a device used for continuity of power between two electric towers. The power ...

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Another shot to strengthen the govt-media link

… a permanent information and media officer is crucial for a better relationship IMO: For a better working relationship between the government and the media, information and communication ministry has called for permanent information and media officers (IMO) in the ministries and their agencies. Media has for long complained that ...

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