Passang Thrinlee resigns from DPT to contest in Wangdue Phodrang NC

Former Druk Phuensum Tshogpa candidate, Passang Thrinlee, from Athang-Thedtsho constituency in Wangdue Phodrang will contest for the upcoming National Council election. The candidate had resigned from DPT a while ago. Passang Thrinlee holds a Masters Degree in Military Science and Strategy. Passang Thrinlee said his deciding to contest for the …

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596 drug related arrests in Thimphu in 2017


Thimphu Police registered 287 cases in 2017 in connection with abuse, possession and illegal transactions of controlled substances that led to the arrest of 596 people, the highest in recent years. Police also seized 50,000 SP+ capsules, 2,370 tablets of N10, 72 100 ml bottles of corex and 19.95 liters …

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93 percent of youth are literate

Bhutan’s literacy rate increased to 66 percent in the past five years, from 63 percent in 2012 according to the Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) 2017. Youth (15-24 years) were the most literate group at 93 percent and it was 60 percent for adults (15 years and above). Literacy rates …

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Decline in fertility rate alarming

Bhutan’s fertility rate has seen a huge decline over the years, from 5.6% in 1994 to 4.7 in 2000 to 2.3 in 2012. This year the fertility rate dropped to 1.9% which according to the Health Minister Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk is a huge concern. The health minister said the situation …

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58% of health expen­diture goes in rimdo or puja, finds BLSS, 2017

The highest share of health related expenditure, 58 percent, went into conducting religious ceremonies (rimdo or puja) according to the Bhutan Living Standards Survey (BLSS) 2017, reflecting the strong affinity of Bhutanese towards spirituality and the centrality of spiritual support. Total transportation charges (for emergency and non-emergency) consti­tuted a fourth …

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