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RAA to tighten the noose on corruption

The increasing incidences of fraud and corruption, and subsequent handling of corruption charges by agencies has prompted RAA to clamp down hard on perpetrators By Chimi Wangmo Over the recent years, the Royal Audit Authority has reported increasing trend of unresolved irregularities in their Annual Audit Reports. Just in the span of past four years the Authority reported cases of …

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The Unseen Walls Along the Boulder Trade Route

Bhutanese boulders bound for Bangladesh gets a stone-cold welcome along Indian Territories By Tashi Namgyal/Thimphu Boulder exports from Bhutan to Bangladesh, one of the chief natural resources the two countries share, have to go through a long bumpy ride along Indian highways. The growing export of Bhutanese boulders to Bangladesh has faced some problems recently while crossing the Indian Territory. …

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dis-Ability with traits to lead

Five persons living with disabilities come forward as aspiring local leaders for the third LG elections By Tashi Namgyal/Thimphu ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­For the first time, two male and three female persons living with disabilities formed the cohort of 2,195 eligible citizens who sat for the Functional Literacy Test (FLT) conducted by the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) ahead of the Local Government …

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Economy in Doldrums: Dips past minus10

With no respite at sight, the economy is expected to tumble further down in the coming months By Phurpa Wangmo Bhutan’s economy recorded a growth of -10.08 percent in 2020, by far the lowest. This is one of the most striking figures, which is 15.83 percentage points drop as compared to a growth of 5.76 percent in 2019. The National …

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MoH to Prioritize Signage for Senior Citizens

…and also to people living with disability By Phurpa Wangmo In line with the government’s commitment to narrow the gap and to promote people-centered health services with care and compassion, the Ministry of Health (MoH) launched the packages for the elderly population coinciding with the International Day for Older Persons on Friday. Priority Signage for 65 years and above and people …

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Economy facing major blues as pandemic drags on

The recent report by NSB throws some bleak realities into Bhutan’s ailing economy By Tandin Wangchuk Bhutan’s economy, unlike any other global economy, has seen a downward spiral ever after the pandemic hit us towards the final end of 2019. While almost all sectors, baring the agriculture and the livestock sector, saw some of the worst growth ever recorded in …

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TCB touted among the best in the world of travel and tourism

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) has been listed among the World’s 75 Most Innovative Organizations in Tourism Policy 2021 Phurpa wangmo Even before the pandemic, the global tourism industry has been exploring ways to reshape the way people travel, seeking solutions to minimize impacts of tourism on the environment and opportunities to increase economic justice for tourism communities. TCB …

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Rekindling the Creativity of Children

 Let me tell you a story: Art workshop series on story-telling and illustration for children in Bhutan. By Tandin Wangchuk  On September 11, the Embassy of Switzerland to India and Bhutan, together with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, launched a series of art workshops for Bhutanese children aged 8 to 12 years. The workshops encourage the children to imagine …

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MoIC and ISRO signs contract to jointly develop a small satellite

By Chimi Wangmo Bhutan and India on Friday signed the implementing arrangement on the joint development of a small satellite for Bhutan. The agreement was inked by Indian Space Research Organisation’s Scientific Secretary R Umamaheswaran, and Director, Department of Department of Information Technology and Telecom, Bhutan, Jigme Tenzing, in a virtual signing ceremony, ISRO said. It was attended by Ambassador …

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