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“When I speak and think of Zhabdrung, I feel blessed.”

The eighth edition of Mountain Echoes began yesterday in the capital with the liberating Drametse Ngacham (dance of the drums), where twelve men who represents Guru Rinpoche’s entourage, celebrate the victory of religion. Students of Royal Academy of Performing Arts performed the dance. Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji …

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Tourist entry fees not to discourage visitors claims TCB

The introduction of entry fees for regional tourists visiting places of historical and cultural interest in 2016 has not reduced the numbers visiting Bhutan say officials of the Tourism Council of Bhutan. According to Bhutan Tourism Monitor (BTM) in 2015, when entrance fee system was not implemented, total regional arrivals …

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Ear Surgery camp in Bumthang

The 7th voluntary ear surgery camp by the team from Japan and JDWNRH will be carried out in Bumthang in Wangduecholing hospital from 26th August till 3rd of September. Drawing inspiration from His Majesty the King’s visit to Japan in 2011 to pay respect to the tsunami victims, Dr. Yuasa …

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5 agencies sign APA for 2017-2018

Apart from 41 agencies that signed APAs with Prime Minister in 2016, five new agencies signed APAs with the government for 2017-18. They are Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences (KGUMS), Drug Regulatory Authority, Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA), Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF) and Bhutan Medical and Health Council …

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Foreign Minister in BIMSTEC summit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji led the Bhutanese delegation to the 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, held on 11 August, 2017. The Ministerial meeting was preceded by the 18th Session of the BIMSTEC Senior …

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Damchu-Chukha bypass by June 2018

After missing numerous deadlines for completion the Minister for Works and Human Settlement Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi said she had been assured by project DANTAK that the bypass would be completed by June 2018. She said currently the formation cutting was done but the ‘full formation cutting’ had to be done …

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BLDCL to reduce livestock import

To accelerate the production of agriculture and livestock, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) launched the Bhutan Livestock Development Corporation Limited (BLDCL) on the 3rd of August 2, 2017 as the first State Owned livestock corporation of Bhutan under the initiative of the Ministry. The Agriculture Minister said that …

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400 to 500 possible sex workers in Bhutan

Commercial sex is illegal in Bhutan. But there are many who do the business undercover. The executive director of Lhaksam, Wangda Dorji, said that the definition of sex worker in the country is all mixed and so it does not have a proper definition. He said, as per a presentation …

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