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RICBL opens two new branch offices

To enhance customer services through easy access to products and services, the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) has opened two new branch offices in Tashichholing (Sipsu) in Samtse and Dagaplea in Dagana. The facilities include standard services of payments, renewals, loan appraisals, inspections, underwriting & annuity services as well ...

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East-West Highway works likely to spillover

Based on the progress of the Northern East-West Highway construction, about four contract packages of the 39 will spillover into the 12th Plan. Works and human settlement secretary, Phuntsho Wangdi, said about 15 percent of the works could spillover. “We will be able to complete at the most 85 percent ...

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo, who is presiding over the annual Moenlam Chhenmo (Great Prayer) ceremony in Punakha, conferred a ceremonial scarf to Trulku Namgay appointing him as the Lamdren Gyetshog Lopon for Thimphu Duthroe (crematorium) on November 30. Lamdren Gyetshog Lopon’s responsibility is to conduct funeral rites at the ...

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NC passes NDPSSAA (Amendment) Bill

SCAC chairperson Nima presents the amendments for endorsement

The National Council amended 16 provisions, including the lists of banned substances, of the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill 2017 (NDPSSAA) yesterday. All 20 sitting members voted in favour of the amendments, which were debated at the in-house committee meeting after the chairperson directed the members ...

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No reason for people to commit suicide in Bhutan: PM

While suicide rate in the country is concerning, it is not the highest in the world, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. He said this in response to Nanong-Shumar Member of Parliament (MP), Dechen Zangmo’s question on the government’s plan and policies to reduce suicide cases in the country. She said ...

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Clerical issues derail deliberation on media Bill

Speaker Jigme Zangmo (left)

NA members blame the committees and agencies for not doing a good job Lack of proper homework from parliamentary committees and relevant ministries is causing confusions and consuming time in the parliament. Debates on major issues in Bills often get stuck in editorial corrections and in looking for equivalent Dzongkha ...

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Manhandling will be dealt as per law: Home minister

On concerns raised regarding incidences of police officials manhandling detainees in prisons, Home Minister Dawa Gyeltshen said that if found guilty, everyone will be dealt as per the existing laws. Nganglam MP Choida Jamtsho asked the minister of the measures taken by the government to address such incidences at the ...

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Satellite service expected to improve network in remote areas

The launch of the South Asia Satellite services next year would help provide 3G services in the highlands and Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) I and BBS II channels in remote areas of the country according to information and communications minister DN Dhungyel. This was shared at the National Assembly yesterday ...

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Former banker to contest in NC from Zhemgang

Dorji Cheten

To contest in the 2013 parliamentary elections, Dorji Cheten, left his job as a Bhutan National Bank manager in Gelephu. However, he didn’t get through the gewog nominations. That has not deterred the 37-year old former banker. He has decided to re-contest in the upcoming parliamentary elections as a National ...

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Studies point to need for more rehabilitation facilities

According to the annual health bulletin 2017, incidence of alcohol liver disease is 46 per 10,000 people. More than 3,508 alcohol liver disease cases were treated and around 1023 alcohol dependence syndrome cases were reported in the hospitals. This is excluding the cases of substance abuse and those who could ...

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Fire razes passenger bus in P/ling

A team from STCBL inspects the engine of the charred passenger bus with police officials at the Road Safety and Transport Authority office in Phuentsholing yesterday

A Subash Transport passenger coaster bus parked at the Road Safety and Transport Authority’s (RSTA) bus station in Phuentsholing has left trails of mystery after it is claimed that the bus was in motion without a driver and hit the RSTA building ablaze on the morning of December 1. The ...

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Exhibition on Bhutan opens in Hungary

The exhibition at the Flag Museum in Budapest will run for two months

Ambassador Pema Choden opened an “Exhibition on Bhutan” on November 29 at the Flag Museum in Budapest, Hungary, a foreign ministry press release states. The President of Hungary-Bhutan Friendship Society, Zoltan Valcsicsak and curator of the Flag Museum, Laszlo Balogh, organised the exhibition, which will run for two months. Ambassador ...

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