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Foreign aid projected to decline

Report: Foreign aid to Bhutan in the form of the country programmable aid (CPA) will decline by USD 32M (million) from 2013 to 2015, according to a recent report published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The CPA is the total amount of aid that comes through …

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Man found murdered en route to RTC

Crime: A man, with multiple stab wounds on the body, was found dead near a stream on the way to Royal Thimphu College yesterday morning. A passerby, who spotted the body, when he had gone to relieve himself near the stream, informed police around 7 am.  The man is yet …

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NEC to start levying application and processing fees

The move drew sharp responses from the six eastern dzongkhags Clearance: Beginning July, the National Environment Commission (NEC) will start charging an application fee of Nu 500, along with a processing fee, which would depend on the nature of the work, for environmental clearances (EC). For instance, the processing fee …

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Medical camp in Punakha draws moderate response

There were many, however, who were not told of this chance to consult US specialists Health: More than 300 people, mostly children consulted doctors from USA, who were in Punakha hospital for a five-day health camp that was organised by Helping Hands-health and education, a US based nonprofit organisation in …

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National basketball team leaves for the Philippines

Basketball: The national basketball team has left for the Philippines for a 10-day practice trip that is expected to help them get used to the international scene. The national coach with Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF), Tenxin Jamtsho, said that the team will have practice matches with local and university teams …

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Court not convinced by OAG’s evidence

The cases against the then Haa dzongdag are looking increasingly untenable Update: The Haa district court was not convinced with the rebuttal submission of evidence by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) against foreign minister Rinzin Dorje, who has been charged on omission, amounting to abuse of function and …

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Longevity of Bhutan’s glaciers questionable

Though the 2035 Himalayan deadline was deemed wrong, the same can’t be said for the ones here  Symposium: Bigger Himalayan glaciers, like Siachen and Gangotri in India, can survive 300 years even with the current recession rate of 20m on an average a year, according to experts from the Geological …

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Streamlining the environmental assessment process

The idea is to strike a balance between expediency and eco-friendly conditions Environment: To improve the environment assessment process, the environmental impact assessment (EIA) will be categorised and the terms of reference (ToR) simplified. This was deliberated during a dialogue on assessment of projects for environmental clearance (EC) between the …

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Hospitality industry struggles to fill slots

Both high and low-end positions lie vacant as Bhutanese remain either unable or unwilling Tourism: The hospitality industry still finds it difficult to recruit Bhutanese to perform certain jobs that so far are done by expatriate workers, for whom the labour ministry no longer issues work permits. Almost three years …

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Need for school calls teacher volunteers

Education: Six male teachers from Orong Lower Secondary School (OLSS) volunteered to teach on a rotation basis for a year at Pheluma Extended Classroom (ECR) that was reopened a few days ago after ministry’s instruction. The 22 students of the extended classroom returned to their village to continue their education …

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Central school offers child an escape from a life of labour

Education: Eight-year-old Premila, a class-PP boarding student of Dechentsemo central school (CS), was working as a babysitter in Wangdue.  That was three months ago. One evening of last winter, she met a school staff member, who asked her if she wanted to go to school.  Her parents were consulted.  And …

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Picture story

His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, and members of the Royal Family offered Tenzhug (prayers) for His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo at Neyzergang Khamsum Yueley Namgyel choeten in Punakha yesterday. The Tenzhug was offered in commemoration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 60th Birth Anniversary. People …

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