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Her Majesty Queen Mother Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck inaugurates the exhibition titled “Bhutan – Land Close to Heaven” at Naprstek Museum in Prague, the Czech Republic on April 16. The exhibition, organised by the Royal Textile Academy in partnership with the Czech National Museum, will be open till June. Her …

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Teachers should behave as role models: Education minister

Education minister, Mingbo Dukpa, recently visited the 24 pilot central schools across the country. Establishing central schools is part of the school reforms programme of the Bhutan Education Blueprint. But since it was piloted, it has received a lot of criticism. Kuensel’s Nirmala Pokhrel caught up with the minister after …

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Online education loan application launched

Education: In what should aid class XII graduates with disadvantaged economic backgrounds looking to fund their tertiary education, an online loan application will become available from next month. This will allow students to apply for interest-free loans of up to Nu 300,000 per year from their place of residence or …

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Illegal workers nabbed

Police are arresting illegal workers on an almost daily basis Immigration: Gelephu police arrested 15 people for working in the country without a permit, yesterday. The police have forwarded them to the immigration department. Finding and detaining illegal workers in Gelephu has become a daily occurrence. Those detained told police …

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Instilling responsibility in tour guides and drivers

The conduct of guides and drivers can become a matter of concern for the entire industry Torusim: A hotelier in Gangtey, Phobjikha is considering court case after a driver allegedly misbehaved with the management and female staff of the hotel in front of the guests about a month ago. The …

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Bhutan assigns more peacekeepers

UN: Bhutan has slightly increased its UN peacekeeping presence with another seven Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) officers being deployed to various UN peacekeeping missions. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay met with the seven officers on Thursday. There are now 18 Bhutanese security forces personnel serving abroad in seven UN missions.

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U-14 national girls’ football team leaves for Nepal

The team will be participating in a regional championship Football: The under-14 national girls’ football team left the country today to participate in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) under-14 girls’ regional championship in Katmandu, Nepal.

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Govt. to save millions via gewog merger

Preliminary report suggests reducing their numbers by 55 to 57 LG: The government will be able to save up to Nu 200M (million) annually in recurrent expenditure by axing 57 gewogs, according a report on reconfiguration of gewogs prepared by the department of local governance (DLG). This is equal to …

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From facilitator to competitor

Private sector decries government’s encroachment on its turf  BCCI: The government should only take up business activities where the private sector does not have capacity and intent; for that too, the official role should be to simply lead the way. This was the message Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s …

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Two Bhutanese held in India on possession charges

Drugs: Two Bhutanese men are in custody in Dathgari, India, for possession of 136 capsules of spasmo-proxyvon on April 13. An 18-year old man from Thimphu is a jobless youth and a 25-year old man from Tashigang Khaling is a university graduate.

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Bringing transparency to fungi collection

To ensure that the govt. receives the royalty it is entitled to Cordyceps: To encourage highlanders to declare their total cordyceps (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) collection faithfully and to pay royalty to the government, agriculture ministry has made marketing methods for the prized fungus flexible. Whether a collector participates in an auction …

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