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Gearing up for the second jab

With more vaccines due to arrive, the government is affirmative about administering the second dose on the stipulated deadline day By Tashi Namgyal If everything goes well, Bhutan could well be on delivering the second dose of the covid-19 vaccinations by the end of July. With talks already making headway among 18 countries to secure the doses needed for the …

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Govt.’s concern skin deep-Need more empathy

Disgruntled parents want their children admitted into colleges Tashi Namgyal Parents who are disgruntled by recent developments want the education ministry to provide a lasting solution to admit their children into colleges or other tertiary institutions. The ineffectiveness of the education ministry to absorb all class 12 passed students into colleges has left many students and parents alike in a …

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His Majesty graces closing ceremony of Parliament

Staff Reporter Successfully wrapping up a historic parliamentary session that saw the Tobacco Act repealed, His Majesty The King graced the closing ceremony of the 5th Session of the Third Parliament on June 30 this week. Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen accompanied His Majesty. Parliamentarians led by the Zhung Dratshang offered Tashi Moenlam to His Majesty The King. The National Assembly …

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Govt. initiates slew of measures to offset pandemic

By Tandin Wangchuk As the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down, the Prime Minister’s office issued a news release this week announcing the loan deferment whereby individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can choose to defer loan repayments until June next year. According to the news release, all loans sanctioned as of June 30 last year shall be eligible …

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The story of Humans of Thimphu

By Jamtsho Wangyel A group on Facebook Humans of Thimphu has struck an instant chord with Bhutanese nitizens across the country as it garnered more than 37,000 page likes just in span of less than a year. Formed in October last year by a group of six school-going kids, the page has so far posted more than 200 stories and …

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USAID and Bhutan Foundation provide COVID-19 support

Staff Reporter Her Majesty Gyalyum Ashi Tseyring Pem Wangchuck, the Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation, handed over health equipment, medical transport vehicles, and PPE worth Nu. 19.55 million to the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan this week. The donation includes an autoclave machine, 110 oxygen cylinders, a bio-decontamination machine, two medical trucks, and 17,368 N95 masks for medical …

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Post-tobacco act: PM pens a heartfelt note

By Tandin Wnagchuk Just days after the joint sitting of the parliament endorsed the new law which plutoed the existing tobacco ban in the country, the Prime Minister penned a heartfelt note expressing his views on the aftermath. The PM stated that for a medical practitioner, with or without the law, and under any circumstances, his motivation is to reduce …

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PDP lambasts govt. on college admission and job issues

By Chimi Wangmo The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in a long press release aimed at the government, has pointed out a host of issues concerning youths and the growing number of unemployed in the country. Among other various flaws observed, the PDP stated the government should have known better to prepare for the situation as the COVID Pandemic had been …

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Saving the critically endangered

The majestic White-Bellied Heron is slowly disappearing from the face of the earth. However, Bhutan’s story gives some hope to save this magnificent bird By Sonam Choki A recent White-bellied Heron (WBH) annual population survey conducted in the country by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) counted 22 herons in the country. The survey confirmed 19 adults and …

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Sherubtse College: An Epitome of Higher Education in Bhutan

 Dasho zangley Drukpa, former health minister and an educator by choice launched his book Sherubtse College: An Epitome of Higher Education in Bhutan in the capital Friday. Credited as the first native Principal of Bhutan’s premier institute Sherubtse College, Dasho Zangley Drukpa also served as RUB’s vice-chancellor and later as a minister in the DPT-run government (2008-13).

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