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Bhutan to participate in robotics competition

Three Bhutanese will represent the country at the Global Robotic Olympic this year at Arena Ciudad de México, Mexico City. Fabrication laboratory (FabLab) Bhutan has been inviting entries from young enthusiasts to represent the country at the competition that FIRST Global, a global non-governmental organisation holds annually. Last year, over …

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BSB works towards setting national standards

BSB has set more than 200 national standards to date

To harmonise standards, the Bhutan Standard Bureau (BSB) organsied a workshop on May 10 in Thimphu. Officials with BSB said that there is a need to create awareness on the importance and formation process of national standards. Director general of BSB, Sonam Phuntsho, said that the main intent of BSB …

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Delivery of babies increases at JDWNRH

The number of births has increased from 1,665 in 2000 to 4,553 last year The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology with the national referral hospital in Thimphu delivers at least 12 babies a day. According to the hospital’s recent annual report, the hospital saw the number of birth increase from …

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PCAL’s muster roll employees likely to receive benefits

Penden Cement Authority Limited (PCAL) has agreed to provide benefits to its muster roll employees, the labour ministry has confirmed. Labour director, Sonam Wangdi, said this was decided in a recent meeting between its team and the PCAL management in Gomtu, Samtse. The cement-manufacturing establishment was asked either to lay …

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We consider Bhutan our second home

A former teacher, T Nagarajan, who taught for over five years in Bhutan talks to Kuensel reporter Phurpa Lhamo on his second homecoming How was your first visit to Bhutan?  My wife J Poonkuzhali and I came to Bhutan in May 1996. We got telegrams from the education ministry that …

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Engineers discuss maintenance of existing infrastructure

The four-day conference concluded yesterday after adopting about 20 resolutions

Developing infrastructure is one thing and ensuring sustainable maintenance of the existing infrastructure is another critical consideration, according to officials attending the 9th works and human settlement ministry conference in Mongar. The four-day conference themed “Strategies to Maintain Infrastructure” concluded yesterday after adopting about 20 resolutions. Officials also said that …

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Seven business ideas win cash prizes

Green Vibes’ Kinley Wangdi booked the prize for best startup category

To promote the development of knowledge-based enterprises in the country, four aspiring entrepreneurs and three entrepreneurs received cash prizes at the seventh Business Idea Competition of Bhutan (BICOB) in Thimphu yesterday. Kinley Wangdi’s Green Vibes, a fresh juice bar company from startup category bagged the first prize of Nu 100,000. …

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Picture story

The Natural Resource Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) and Bank of Bhutan Limited (BoBL) on May 10 signed a Memorandum of Understanding where BoBL agreed to adopt two areas for tree plantation at Debsi in Thimphu with a funding of Nu 443,295. The tree plantation is an initiative to mark the …

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National Council elects incumbents as chairpersons

The first siting of the third National Council (NC) yesterday elected the member from Wangduephodrang, Tashi Dorji, as Chairperson and Jigme Wangchuk from Samdrupjongkhar as Deputy Chairperson. Tashi Dorji, 36, is the youngest member ever to be elected as Chairperson of the house of review. He won 11 of the …

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Work begins to address rural-urban migration and social disparity

To bring together policies, plans and programmes of different agencies including the private sector in the country, the works and human settlement ministry is in the process of formulating a comprehensive national development plan (CNDP) for Bhutan. The CNDP would address issues such as rural-urban migration and regional imbalances in …

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Ultrasound service resumes in Tsirang

At least 15 patients were scanned yesterday after the machine was repaired

It was almost 9am when Lhapka Deki received a call from a friend who told her that the ultrasound service in Damphu General Hospital has resumed. She was already at work in Darchargang, which is about three kilometers away from Damphu town. Lhakpa Deki said she went home, washed the …

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