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NC points out holes in the Public Procurement System

The National Council’s Good Governance committee presented a report on public procurement system based on findings, methodology and objectives recognizing the significance of ensuring good governance and integrity in public procurement. “Public procurement is a crucial pillar of service delivery for any government”, said the Chairperson of the committee Tempa …

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85 teachers on maternity leave but managing well

Member of Parliament of Kengkhar-Weringla, Rinzin Jamtsho, asked the education minister to update the House on the number of teachers that are on maternity leave. Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said that ever since the extension of maternity leave from three to six months, 193 teachers have received the extended maternity leave, …

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Separate ACC detention center to come up

The ongoing session of the National Assembly resolved the home and finance ministries provide financial support to build a separate detention centre for people detained by the Anti Corruption Commission. In the absence of a separate detention centre, detainees of all categories were held together in the same space of …

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Maternity leave reform only in CS so far

The Minister for Labor and Human Resources presented a report on the implementation status of increasing maternity leave outside the civil service. The Minister informed that the ministry has held consultations with various stakeholders and has emphasized on the importance of increasing the maternity leave. The Minister, however, highlighted that …

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Thimphu hosts 14th Anti-Corruption Seminar for Asia-Pacific Region

Anti-Corruption agencies from 23 Asia-Pacific member countries and 93 representatives from across the world met at the 14th Asia-Pacific regional seminar of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Anti-Corruption initiative in Thimphu. Themed “Development with Values: Social Fence Against Corruption,” the three day seminar …

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History in a Pebble


When one thinks poems one dreads obscure sesquipedality. Sonam Choden Dorji has refreshingly avoided that in her ‘History in a Pebble,’  “Sometimes you need to stop searching, for appropriate words, for elaborate construction,” that naked thoughts suggest. Written mostly in free verse, the collection of poems is a tranquil conversation …

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Shakespeare makes an entry into local cinema after schools


In a happy coincidence, Shakespeare is making a double comeback in Bhutan. Removed from the curriculum nine years ago Shakespearean plays will be reintroduced in secondary schools from 2017. Former Kuensel editor Kencho Wangdi now turned filmmaker had found the exclusion inexplicable and a loss to literary culture in the …

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Rural urban migration more than just about facilities

Rural urban migration is becoming common within the country whereby rural areas are left almost empty while urban areas become congested with an increasing population. A Rural Urban migration survey report shows lack of education facilities coming to 46 percent was the most commonly stated reason for leaving the rural …

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