SOP to address human trafficking

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for multi-sectoral response will address Trafficking in Persons in the country. The objective of the SOP is to provide clarity on the roles and responsibilities of all relevant agencies and to strengthen coordination among key stakeholders in preventing and combating TIP in a more effective and efficient manner, in line with […]

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Regional tourists to be levied charges

Regional tourists visiting the country will be levied charges, according to foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji at the Meet-The-Press session yesterday. During the recent bilateral visit of foreign minister to India from November 17 to 23 this year, many Indian newspapers reported about Bhutan’ plan to levy charges on regional tourists. The regional tourists include […]

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Employees of SOEs to get more than civil servants after pay revision

Although pay revision for State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) includes the same basic salary percentage hike as civil servants, which is 6% to 35% plus 20% house rent allowance for corporate employees, the amount that SOE employees will get is higher than civil servants. This was affirmed by Finance Minister Namgay Tshering during the Meet-The-Press session […]

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BNCA to operate drug prevention strategy in schools

Prompted by the fact that secondary school students in Thimphu are at greater risk of drug abuse and alcohol consumption that may develop negative psychosocial, educational and mental health outcomes, a team from Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA) is working on an effective drug prevention strategy in the schools. Deputy chief program officer, BNCA, Dorji […]

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Zhabtog app provides goods and services at doorsteps

Aspiring to become the country’s biggest ever all-in-one online market platform, Dragon Coders Private Limited (DCPL), a team of Bhutanese developers launched a user-friendly app called Zhabtog a week ago. “It is an Indian Amazon version of Bhutanese made and provides different choices with variable price range,” said DCPL’s Chief Executive Officer, Leki Choden adding […]

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ACC gives clean chit to former PM over security arrangements

The controversy over the security arrangements at the residence of former Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay has finally concluded with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), finding no corruption or violation of the ACC Act or misuse of resources, announced dropping the case yesterday. The press release from the ACC clarified that the initial suspicion that the […]

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12 more gewogs recognized for achieving 100% improved sanitation coverage

An additional 12 gewogs in seven dzongkhags were recognized for achieving the status of Open Defecation Free (ODF) and 100 percent improved sanitation coverage during the celebration of the World Toilet in Sarpang on Tuesday. This takes the total number of gewogs with ODF status and 100 percent improved sanitation coverage in the country to […]

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Toribari residents still complain of exorbitant rents

The residents of the housing colony of the National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL) at Toribari in Phuentsholing still feel that the rents are exorbitant and if they could be lowered. Since the area falls under the rural area, the tenants feel that their rents should be lower than that of rents in the core […]

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