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Bhutan to join international renewable energy agency

The 35th Lhengye Zhungtshog Meeting held on 6 May 2014 decided that the Royal Government will seek membership in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), whose mandate is to promote and adopt sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. The Cabinet resolved that the measures towards accession to the …

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LGT Venture Philanthropy officials call on PM

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The Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay was called on by Mr. Wolfgang Hafenmayer, Managing Director of LGT Venture Philanthropy and Co-Head of Asia Pacific, Ms. Raya Papp at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang on 5th May 2014. Mr. Hafenmayer and Ms. Papp were also accompanied by Mr. Michael E. Barth, founder of The …

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Bhutan’s Rotary club engaged in helping the needy

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The second anniversary of Thimphu Rotary Club’s Charter Day was celebrated at the Clock Tower Square, Thimphu yesterday. During the celebration the Rotary Club of Thimphu released the club’s magazine. The guiding principle of the club is “service above self”. The Rotary Club of Thimphu seeks to be the agent …

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A change of season and Flu

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During this time of the year, it is not uncommon to find your family, friends and colleagues down with the flu. It seems everywhere around, someone is either coughing or sneezing or suffering from a fever. The annual health bulletin record on respiratory diseases show a yearly increase in common …

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Right policies but wrong implementation

His Majesty the King in a royal statement said that Bhutanese people are good at framing policies but weak in implementation. On close observation this is true in many ways. I have a few examples here. Teacher training and placements The right policy is education for all and quality education. …

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Education alone can’t deliver jobs

I am not sure whether we call manual jobs in the construction sector ‘skilled or highly specialised’ or ‘unskilled’. Here it is called skilled, elsewhere we call it ‘unskilled’. This designation seems to change depending on what we would like to convey. It is true that we have lots of …

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His Majesty inaugurates Panbang Zam

His Majesty The King inaugurated the 152-metre-long Panbang Bridge in Zhemgang on 10th April 2014. The inauguration ceremony was graced by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and attended by the Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, senior government officials, elected representatives, dzongkhag and dungkhag officials, and thousands of villagers …

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Suspect sent on bail by court

The 23-year-old suspect who was arrested and detained for raping a minor in the evening of March 11 at around 9 pm in Haa has been granted bail by the Haa Dzongkhag Court last week. The case was forwarded to the court on April 3 after the investigation was completed …

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The only certified energy drink enters the market

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Anew energy drink ‘Carabao’ certified by Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) and Department of Trade is on sale in the market. ‘Carabao’ will compete with ‘Red Bull’ that entered the Bhutanese market in 2008, and is being sold illegally for more than six years without a single agent …

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Convicted for smuggling and bribery

The Chhukha Dzongkhag Court sentenced the two people caught with tobacco products on the early morning of December 25, last year, at Tanalum check point with prison terms ranging from three to four years. Thinley, 39, accompanied by Norbu Wangmo, 32, had tried to bribe a police constable at the …

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