• Maternal health improves

    The situation of maternal health in the country has improved over the years. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) has decreased to 89 in 2017 from 380 per 100,000 live births in 1994. This is according to a study on the situation of maternal health in Bhutan, published in the recent Bhutan Health Journal.

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Online scholarship application saves time and money

The DAHE facility serves as an example for other online services in its ease of access and use  G2C: Now into its third year, the Department of Adult and Higher Education’s (DAHE) online scholarship application service continues to save students and the department, time and money, and serves as an …

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Reflections on the De-Suug Program

The De-Suung training has reinforced my respect and admiration for the dedicated services our military is providing in the service of our motherland. With just the basic remuneration, our military men and women appear to be a highly motivated unit, taking pride and equipped to perform at their peak within …

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Looking ahead to home advantage

Football: Team Bhutan will be returning home with a major advantage following a momentous victory in their first World Cup qualifier campaign in Sri Lanka. Coach Chokey Nima and his boys will be entering the second leg of the qualifiers with one away-goal advantage. A win or draw should comfortably …

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Picture story

His Majesty the King granted promotion to eight officers of the Royal Bhutan Army and the Royal Body Guards. The officers were promoted from the rank of Colonel to the rank of Brigadier. L-R: Brigadiers Sonam Tenzin, Dorji Wangchuk, Thinlay Dorji, Sangay Thinlay, Tenzin Dorjee, Gembo Tshering, Dorji Gyeltshen and …

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Meeting the chopper promise

A helicopter service next year was the highlight of plans in place over the next few years APA Meeting: Bhutan will have its first domestic helicopter services by the end of the next fiscal year. This was one of the major decisions taken at the finalisation of the annual performance …

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Mangdechhu HP cost revised

The increase, though substantial, is still much lower than that of other hydropower projects  Hydropower: Completing the 720MW Mangdechhu hydropower project will cost Nu 45 Billion (B), an amount equal to the government of India’s commitment for the 11th Plan. The Trongsa-based project’s cost has already shot up by Nu …

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ACC reminds lyonchoen of Supreme Court order

ACC: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has written to the prime minister, informing him about the Supreme Court’s (SC) order of disallowing a public official to use state resources, while attending a private adjudication matter before the court. Although commission officials refused to comment further, sources said the ACC wrote …

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Kholongchu construction work yet to kick off

Tender documents are still being evaluated and a license is awaited too Hydropower:The Kholongchu hydro project in Trashiyangtse is yet to pick up pace.  Although expected to begin in January, construction of infrastructure for the 600MW project has not started. At the moment, tender documents, which were opened in November …

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YHSS robbed of Nu 140,000

Burglary: Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School was robbed of Nu 140,000 on the night of March 11 when miscreants broke into the account section of the school’s administrative block. The money was the fee collected from students on that day. About Nu 800 is collected as fees from every student every …

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Gup’s detention nothing to do with ADR

The probe found that failure to appear as a witness led to the official’s incarceration Investigation: Mediation and conciliation of monetary case in Langthel gewog in Trongsa is not the root cause why its gup, Lham Dorji, was detained by the district court on February 12, according to a Supreme …

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Rural electrification qualifies for carbon credits

UNFCCC: Bhutan is expected to earn about Nu 3.7M (million)  (56,000 euros) annually starting next year for reducing carbon emission, after it fulfilled the commitment made at the Kyoto protocol. This was made possible after the rural electrification project got registered as a ‘clean development mechanism’ (CDM) project, the biggest …

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Cutting their nose to spite their face?

Trongsa DT decides to discontinue alternative dispute resolution in wake of detained gup issue  Judiciary: Judicial services across the country could be affected if Trongsa dzongkhag tshogdu (DT)’s recent proposed change in the local government rules and regulations clause of mediation and conciliation of civil cases comes through, according to …

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