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Preserving Bhutan’s Cultural Heritage

In the past two years, 2008 chortens were renovated with the help of local government functionaries according to the State of the Nation Report. Six new chortens were also built and the Prime Minister in the report thanked His Majesty the King for the noble support given to the retired …

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BMF launches Apps, websites

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The Bhutan Media Foundation (BMF) has launched two free apps that will bring local print and radio into in the palm of the user and boost online presence of the Bhutanese media. The Bhutan News app will allow subscribers to download the digital edition of each day’s newspaper and the …

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Prioritizing Education with 18 % of Budget

Considering that education is one of the most important tools for nation building 18% of this year’s budget has been allocated for education the Prime Minister said. While 100 percent net enrolment has been achieved, the establishment of additional central schools and Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre are …

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APIC to develop craft village in Thimphu

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With an appropriate site finally identified the Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) will develop a craft village in Changzamdongthang, Thimphu. The government of India is providing Nu 180 million to develop the village in a nine-acre area provided by His Majesty the King. “We intended to develop a …

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PHPA II: Nu 1.1 bn in irregularities

Chunk of it is Nu 500 mn for inadequate studies in relocating the powerhouse The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has reflected unresolved irregularities amounting to Nu 1.1 billion against the Punatshangchhu-ii Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA II) in 2016. Based on the responses received after the issue of draft Annual Audit …

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15 drivers caught driving drunk on ‘Dry day’ in Thimphu

Thimphu traffic police recently caught 15 people driving under the influence on Tuesday, officially a dry day. The 15 people were nabbed between 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm during a highway check on a Tuesday. “If 15 people are caught driving under influence on a dry day imagine the number …

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Male Circumcision: a measure to prevent HIV

Bhutanese health professionals are advocating male circumcision, which according to a study by WHO and UNAIDS, reduces the transmission of HIV by 60 percent. Circumcision is a (medical) surgical procedure where the foreskin of the penis is cut and removed. Circumcision is done as religious practice among muslims and Jews …

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NRDCL’s profit halves in 2016 compared to 2015

The net profit of the natural resources development corporation (NRDCL), that supplies sand, stone and timber, dropped by almost half to Nu 7.8 million in 2016 from the previous year according to its annual report. In 2015 its net profit was Nu.15.7 million. According to the report this was mainly …

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World No-Tobacco Day Award for Health Minister

Coinciding with the World No-Tobacco Day, which is observed on 30th of May every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, Minister of Health and the Chairperson of …

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