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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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PM’s office counters social media posts by anon on Chopper use

Responding to a Facebook post by an anonymous account on Facebook over the frequent use of helicopter services by the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers the Prime Minister’s office issued an official clarification. The clarification on the PM’s official Facebook account said “It is unfortunate to see some people spreading …

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RSTA conducts refresher program on road safety

The road safety and transport authority (RSTA) has sensitized 420 drivers as of now through its day – long refresher courses on road safety and traffic rules and regulations. RSTA’s director general Pemba Wangchuk said the main objective is to create awareness on road safety issues and keep people up …

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15 kg gold smuggling case goes to Paro Court

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has forwarded the smuggling case, where 15 kgs of gold was sneaked in from across the northern border, to the Paro District Court on 26 October. The Royal Bhutan Army soldiers based at the Ghunitsawa outpost in Paro district arrested two of three …

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Two Medical Camp Kits to be stationed in eastern Bhutan

The two Medical camp Kits (MCKs), which was handed over to the health ministry by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 19th October will be stationed in the eastern district hospitals as a part of the health sector emergency preparedness project jointly supported by European Union and WHO. MCKs are …

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