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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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Need for revision of laws

This is being raised following the resignation of DPT president JYT among other factors The National Assembly (NA), in its first session of the second Parliament, shall review relevant provisions of existing laws to consider proper procedures and consequences with regard to resignation by Member of Parliaments (MPs) post elections, …

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Mountain hazelnut to the rescue

Providing some respite to human-wildlife conflict When it was first introduced in Bhutan sometime in 2008, Mountain Hazelnut Venture promised it will deliver numerous benefits such as improvement of the livelihood of the farmers, generation of employment and promotion of environment conservation, immediate socio-economic benefits to the farmers through closely …

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