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Rating public transport

Only 8% of the households use public transport almost every day, 25% indicated that they use it once a week while 44% use once a month according to the Bhutan Living Standard Survey 2017. Less than one in four households have never used public transport. The frequency of use of …

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Suspect at large in connection to Chorten vandalism

As of December 29, Jomotshangkha police in Samdrupjongkhar were still looking for the suspect who vandalized a Jangchub Chorten located at Phajo Gonpa, Lauri on the morning of 27 December. The complaint was lodged by Gup Tempa Gyeltshen and police carried out an investigation along with Drunkhag and gewog staff. …

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One dies of injury from gas explosion

A 36-year-old non-Bhutanese from Daragoan, Jaigoan, who suffered injuries from a welding gas cylinder explosion in Wangdi Engineering workshop, Phuentsholing, died after reaching Phuentsholing hospital on 27 December at around 1:30 PM. The incident took place at around 11:30 am. As per the statement by eyewitnesses the deceased was coming …

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99% households have electricity but reliability a challenge

An estimated 99 percent of households in the country have access to electricity according to the Bhutan Living Standard Survey (BLSS) 2017 released this week. In urban areas access to electricity is 100 percent and 98 percent in rural areas according to the survey. More than half the households without …

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What our workers are exposed to

More than 50 participants attended the seminar to develop a better understanding on the importance of safety and health in construction sites and to provide the foundation of the knowledge about health in construction sites. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and works and human settlement ministry organized the event learn …

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Only 58% of Bhutan’s population has access to improved sanitation

Access to improved water sources has increased to 98% in 2015 compared to 54% in 1990 with the promotion of access to sanitation facilities. This was done through demand creation in rural households, construction of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities and hygiene promotion activities in schools and nunneries and …

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Bhutan slips further three places down in global gender index

According to the recently launched Global Gender Gap report for 2017 by the World Economic Forum, Bhutan ranked 124th amongst 143 countries in global gender index. Although Bhutan ranked 93rd out of the 136 countries considered for the findings in 2013, Bhutan slipped three places down from last year, and …

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86 children adopted in Bhutan in last 10 years

There were 86 child adoptions in the country between 2007 and October 2017 according to records maintained by the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC). The adoptions were done through the NCWC, which permits the adoption based on the Child Adoption Act of Bhutan 2012 and Child Adoption Rules …

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Woman hit by taxi dies in hospital

A 35-year-old woman, who was severely injured after being hit by a taxi while crossing the Babesa expressway near Dr Tobgyal School at around 7 pm on November 9, died on reaching Thimphu hospital. A 26-year-old man from Zhemgang was driving the taxi out of Thimphu at the time of …

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