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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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More can be done to improve school food

In line with the recommendation made by the parliament, the RAA conducted the performance audit with an overall objective to ascertain the economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the management of school feeding with a specific focus on nutrition covering the government funded schools for two financial periods. The RAA had …

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Family of five killed in road accident

The Gyalpoi Zimpon’s office provided semso of Nu 10,000 each to the relatives of the five deceased who lost their lives in recent car accident in Mongar. The accident took place on 6th December when the car (Santro) that they were driving veered off the road at Zimzorong, 10 km …

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MoWHS minister answers questions on highways

The works and human settlement, Dorji Choden, answered numerous questions on the widening of the national highways and construction of dzongkhag and gewog roads during parliament’s question hour session this week. Responding to queries by the Wamrong and Nubi Tangsibji MPs, the minister said the widening of the east west …

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21 out of 1,000 newborns die within first month

Despite significant improvement in under-five mortality, from 162 to 33 per 1000 live births in a country, new-born deaths remains high accounting for 70% of all infant deaths and more than half of under-five deaths. Currently, 21 of every 1,000 newborn babies die within the first month of birth where …

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