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Longer waiting time for patients at JDWNRH

The Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital

RAA found that doctors on-duty arrived late and left as early as two hours before the closing time The average waiting time for patients at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital’s (JDWNRH) medical out – patient department (OPD) was observed at 1 hour 38 minutes and general OPD at ...

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The Public Accounts Committee presented the Royal Audit Authority report 2016 to the joint sitting of the Parliament yesterday. The session will discuss six performance audit reports today.

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Audit finds drinking water contaminated in Thimphu

Drinking water quality tests conducted in Thimphu thromde showed worrying results, according to Royal Audit Authority (RAA) report. The report stated that some residents have been drinking contaminated water. The performance audit was conducted to ascertain the effectiveness of Thimphu Thromde in providing safe, adequate, reliable and equitable drinking water ...

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Seven hearing and speech impaired students graduated from Wangsel Institute in Drugyel, Paro on December 4, making them the first batch to complete Class X.

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National Assembly passes media Bill

With all 44 Members of Parliaments voting for the Bhutan Information Communications and Media Bill 2017, the National Assembly passed it yesterday. The bill was passed by the Assembly during the 9th session and forwarded to the National Council. The house had completed deliberation on the recommendations of the upper ...

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NA endorses Narcotics (amendment) Bill

With 40 Members of Parliaments of the 42 present voting for the Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill 2017, the National Assembly (NA) yesterday endorsed the amendments made by the National Council yesterday. It was passed by the NA as an urgent Bill earlier this session and ...

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Bhutan –Thailand hold third bilateral consultation

Thailand hosted the third annual bilateral consultation between Bhutan and Thailand

The third annual bilateral consultation between Bhutan and Thailand was held on December 1 in Thailand. Foreign secretary Sonam Tshong led the Bhutanese delegation while Permanent secretary Busaya Mathelin led the 20-member Thai delegation, a press release from the foreign ministry states. The consultation provides a forum for the two ...

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The challenges of sustaining mountain ecosystems

High-level panellists from different countries with the President of Nepal

More than 300 experts from 26 countries have come together in Kathmandu, Nepal to identify and recommend possible resilient solutions for mountain communities in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). The four-day conference, which began on December 4 at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, will also ...

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Gungtong affects community vitality

Some of the houses in the gewog are abandoned for more than two decades

An abandoned house stands at the edge of Maduwa village in Kangpara gewog, Trashigang. Made of bamboo, the roof of the house could come down crumbling any moment. Creepers invade the half-open wooden windows into the house. A rusted lock, which could be disintegrated with a slight touch, guards this ...

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NC asks govt. to expedite rules on LG entitlement

The National Council (NC) yesterday resolved that the government must uphold the rule of law and implement the provisions of the Local Government Members’ Entitlement Act (LGMEA) 2015. It resolved that it should provide clear directives to LG officials at the earliest about their entitlements. This comes almost two and ...

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Potato is not just carbohydrates, finds study

Lack of variety, late blight disease and yield stagnation of potatoes, and poor seed quality are some of the challenges to increasing potato yield in the country. This was presented at the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) symposium in Thimphu on December 3. The head of the national potato programme at ...

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Going paperless saves Nu 1,600 a user

The cost spent on availing services from, Google, is made up by the amount saved from going paperless, according to the information and communications minister DN Dhungyel. During the question hour of the National Assembly on December 1, Bumdeling Jamkhar MP Dupthop asked the minister on how Google was selected ...

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