Thimphu’s air quality defies WHO permissible limit

The annual average level of PM 10 (particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5-10 micrometers) has been increasing and its levels have consistently been higher than the standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO’s standards is 20 microgram per cubic meter (µg/m3), however, Thimphu recorded higher than 30 µg/m3 since 2009 and recorded […]

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Beware Bhutanese drivers: Indian government revises penalties on traffic violation

From this month, people driving along the Indian roads and highways should be more cautious as the India’s Rajya Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill contains provisions that will make traffic violations along the roads more costly following the revision in the penalties for violating traffic rules that was put forward […]

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3,600 graduates to vie for 683 slots in the civil service

The room is packed. Students from different colleges are engrossed in answering the test paper and are poring over the guidelines in front of them. They are solving preliminary examination (PE) questions. It is not the actual test, but a preparation. The examination is on August 4. With the PE nearing, university graduates are busy […]

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More journalists leave the industry

The media industry in Bhutan is facing challenges with journalists leaving their profession. The economics of market sustainability has tested journalists to the core. The attrition rate of journalists has been alarming though a study has not been done. Various reasons like pursuit for greener pasture, work load, family problems, no career progression and sometimes […]

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Only five contract employees remain in REC

The Royal Education Council (REC) has retained only five regular contract employees in the professional category of the 12 recruited initially including other administrative staffs. According to the REC, six employees resigned before their contract term expired and one did not renew the term that expired on June 30 this year. The 26 employees of […]

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School feeding program to roll out in one school in each Dzongkhag by this year

The initiation of school feeding program (SFP) would start in one school from each Dzongkhag by this year. Plans are on to supply perishable agriculture products to all schools in the country by 2021.  Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjor said the SFP is the mandate of the government and government should also consider the nutritional content […]

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Govt. plans to relocate automobile workshops in Olakha

Works and human settlement minister Dorji Tshering was questioned on the repeated issue of increasing rents of automobile workshops at Olakha and the concern raised by the workshop owners that they might lose their business for not being able to pay rents during the press conference at the National Assembly conference hall in Thimphu yesterday. […]

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No cut-off point policy affects TVET enrollment

Introduction of no cut-off point for class X might be good news for the parents and students but it has affected enrolment in Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutes. The vocational institutes which were once flooded with number of applicants beyond their requirements in the past are now bearing the brunt of the new policy […]

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Boulder export from Gelephu comes to a halt

It has been more than a fortnight since boulder exporters have halted their consignments to Bangladesh. The halt according to the exporters are due to harassment the transporters face from the locals and an official order from District Commissioner of Meghalaya government in India citing weigh bridge issues. The vehicles are parked without load and […]

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Narphoong without drinking water for the past two years

The road widening works at Samdrup Jongkhar-Trashigang highway has left Narphoong chiwog in Gomdar gewog without drinking water supply. The road widening works along the stretch has not only affected the commuters but it has also damaged the water sources causing water shortage in the gewog. Villagers say road widening work has damaged water pipes […]

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