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Tourist arrival increased by 13 % till September 2019

According to the information provided by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), the provisional total tourist arrival, as of September 2019, was 208,457 with a growth of around 13 percent compared to 2018 for the same period. Tourist numbers increased by 25,652 tourists till September 2019 compared to the same …

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Health flagship sets sail

After numerous deliberations, the health flagship was finalised yesterday at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This enables the government to take diagnostic services to the people through three identified programs- cervical cancer, breast cancer and stomach cancer. The program will also be looking into secondary level of health services, where …

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Over 1300 babies estimated to be preterm in Bhutan

World Prematurity Day is observed on 17 November every year, with November month being the ‘Prematurity Awareness Month’. The day is observed to create awareness on the prevention and management efforts of prematurity and to provide support to families with preterm birth. The theme is “Born too Soon: Providing the …

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Northeast Green Summit applauds Bhutan

Northeast (NE) Green Summit was held from 1 to 3 November to promote environmental protection and responsible tourism. NE Green Summit 2019 aimed to promote environmental protection and responsible tourism by bringing together stakeholders to discuss, share experiences and propose solutions to some of the unique challenges being faced in …

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Punakha police let go of Indian tourist after an apology

Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) let go of the Indian tourist, Abhijit Ratan Hajare, after he apologized, in writing citing ignorance, for his behavior. The other man, who was identified as Jambay, was doing repair works on the Chortens at Dochula, and was also let go since he was found innocent. The …

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Urban planners prefer pedestrianization over removing traffic space

Though Thimphu thromde has announced its decision to remove parking space along Norzin Lam, the plan is facing serious opposition from business owners, house owners and hotels along Norzin Lam. Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee’s plan of removing the parking space but not going for pedestrianization for a section of the road …

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Bar licenses being sold online

Among the many business fronting cases reported, it is perhaps the business license to run a bar that is the most audacious as some are being advertised online in the social media for sale.  A senior trade officer, Dhurba Giri, said bar license is a legal document and it cannot …

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