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The Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale yesterday handed over a cheque of Nu 6.97 million to the Royal Civil Service Commission Chairperson, Karma Tshiteem, for the Nehru-Wangchuk Scholarship Scheme (NWSS). The Nehru-Wangchuk Scholarship Scheme was instituted on June 19, 2009 with a signing of a MoU. The MoU’s duration …

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GoI hikes aid to Bhutan

Bhutan’s share of assistance this year comprises 63 percent of total grants and loans  Budget: The government of India (GoI) has significantly increased the financial aid package to Bhutan to Rs 61.6 billion in its annual budget for 2015-16 presented in the Indian parliament last week. This is an increase …

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No Parking: To avoid congestion and allow easy thoroughfare for ambulances, the JDWNRH, starting yesterday stopped allowing vehicles to park in the emergency department premises                                               

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Bengaluru college appears to renege on agreement

Tuition/hostel fees that were earlier waived for Bhutanese students are now being claimed Education: Bhutanese students, studying in the Indo Asian Academy in Bengaluru, India, are frantic after the college recently refused to accept their examination fees, and are now asking them to pay the tuition and hostel fees in …

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The Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale launched a book, Bhutan – On The Wings of The Peaceful Dragon by DG Mallikarjuna yesterday at the Nehru – Wangchuck Cultural Centre, Thimphu. A photograph, book cover and stamp exhibition was also organised by KS Muddappa Smaraka Trust in collaboration with the …

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Waste segregation introduced in two Phuentsholing localities

SUNYA: Residents and students of housing colonies of the National Pension and Provident Fund (NPPF) and College of Science and Technology (CST) in Phuentsholing are currently practicing methodical waste management as part of SUNYA—Towards Zero Waste project. The project is being implemented by the Phuenthsoling thromde. Phuentsholing is one of …

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The story of the mule’s egg

History: Pema Dorji has a story, of mule’s egg in Trashiyangtse. There is total silence in the room. The mule’s egg came to the museum in Paro in 1928. How it did, no one really knows. But then the believe is that Tshongpon Wangdi, a businessman, had two mules, Kezang …

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Little improvement in quality of gov’t websites

WEB: A total of 71 government websites have dropped in rank according to the results of the second website competition. Only 21 websites improved in rank, while two remained the same. A total of 137 websites were evaluated in the second competition, with 101 of those also being evaluated in …

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Farmers resent cooperative’s stranglehold on egg sales

Alleged strong-arm tactics of the Tsirang collective have ruffled many feathers   TPC: Poultry farmers feel cooperatives are monopolising the market.  Cooperatives, like a Bhutanese maxim says, feel farmers are finding sides on an egg in the egg business in Tsirang, the so called the egg capital of the country. …

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Opposition calls for reinstatement of secretaries

They have also asked for the Cabinet and the economic affairs minister to be held accountable RCSC: The opposition party yesterday called for the reinstatement of the three surrendered government secretaries to their original positions, stating that imposing a major penalty in the form of a reassignment for procedural lapses …

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Finance ministry faces contradictory targets

Anomalies were highlighted during midterm review of MoF performance agreement Fiscal: Some of the targets the finance ministry agreed to in the performance agreement signed with the government are contradicting other targets the ministry is working to achieve. For instance, the ministry agreed to secure concessional loans, but securing more …

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Tourist footfalls well below eastern Bhutan target

Around one-sixth of the projected number visited eastern parts of the country Tourism: Only about 3.6 percent of the international tourists visited the eastern parts of the country last year, against the target of 20 percent that the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) had set to improve regional spread of …

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