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Chief Election Commissioners of South Asia calls on PM

PM with CECs of South Asia

A delegation of South Asian chief election commissioners led by Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan called on Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang on October 2, 2013. Lyonchhen extended his warm welcome to the delegation and thanked them for having chosen to meet in Bhutan. Lyonchhen …

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PM meets Ambassadors of Singapore, Austria and Turkey

Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay met Ambassador of Singapore to Bhutan Lim Thuan Kuan, at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang on October 3, 2013. Mr. Kuan is on his first visit to Bhutan after being appointed as Singapore’s Ambassador to Bhutan. Lyonchhen expressed that he had great admiration for Singapore and said …

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A befitting festival to honor the rare and graceful bird

Just like in the past 14 years, this year too, the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), together with Phobjikha Environment Management Committee (PEMC) will organize the 15th Annual Black-Necked Crane Festival, 2013 at the courtyard of Gangtey Gonpa in Gangtey gewog under Wangdue Phodrang. The day of festival …

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Bird diversity and distribution survey to begin in November

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Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) will conduct a training which will focus on surveying bird diversity and distribution in the Himalayas around Yongkola, Mongar in November. The training will emphasize study design, field data collection, statistical analyses and interpretation, and effective communication of results. Explaining the reason …

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A decline in domestic violence cases

Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) records maintained with the Woman and Child Protection Unit (WCPU) shows a decline in reported domestic violence cases. In 2011, a total of 244 cases of domestic violence were reported to WCPU which decreased to 199 in 2012. The assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Major Chewang …

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GJM allows schools to reopen on Sept. 13

In a significant move, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) decided on Thursday that schools in Darjeeling would be reopened from September 13 after more than a month, though it maintained that the on-going agitation in support of Gorkhaland would continue. The decision came after a meeting of the GJM leadership …

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Vegetable marketing in the east

As part of the vegetable production and marketing plan to gear towards self-sufficiency, the Department of Agriculture and Marketing Cooperation (DAMC) has been facilitating farmers with major buyers and other linkage. The Vegetable Value Chain Program in the east (VVCP-E) initially started as an off-season vegetable program (OVP) in July …

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No fledgings of rare and critically endangered WBH this year

Unlike in the past years, conservationists experienced the biggest jolt when white bellied heron (WBH) this year, refused to produce even a single fledgling. Among the 24 WBH individuals present in the country, only two nests belonging to two families were discovered and none succeeded in producing a hatchling. White …

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Towards a competitive, efficient and lucrative marketing system

The policy aims to develop an agricultural marketing system to influence agricultural production plans in response to domestic, regional and global market dynamics Domestic market demand for agricultural produce is considered to be limited, given the country’s population, with relatively low income and the unique dietary preferences of the Bhutanese …

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Graduate orientation waits on Parliament

The 2013 National Graduate Orientation Program (NGOP) has been scheduled towards the end of September, awaiting budget allocation from the new government’s first session in Parliament. “We have tentatively scheduled the program from September 26th to October 5th, by which time the Parliament will have concluded budget allocations,” said MoLHR’s …

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