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India at 75 Cricket Cup

Staff Reporter As part of the ongoing Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations in Bhutan, the Embassy of India, Thimphu has this year instituted an annual Bhutan-India Friendship Cricket Series to foster people-to-people ties between the two friendly countries. On 30 August this week, the first edition of the series was held at the India House Estate ground. Team Ambassadorโ€™s XI …

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Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graces launch of waste management facilities

Towards Zero Waste Bhutan by 2030 By Phurpa Wangmo Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Friday graced an event to inaugurate Waste Management Facilities in Thimphu. The event was held at one of nine new facilities, in Dangrina. A press statement from the Royal Office for Media (RoM) stated the event is a step in the governmentโ€™s Waste Management Flagship Program to …

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The Drayang conundrum: Meeting govt. reopening standards

Majority of the existing Drayangs do not fulfill the criteria to reopen Tashi Namgyal/Thimphu There are currently 61 Drayangs in the country today. However, only eight of them fulfill the standards to reopen. This comes after the government announced letting the Drayangs to operate soon with certain set of technical standards to follow, after nearly two years of closure due …

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The Final Six: Nyamrupโ€™s choices for Home Minister-ship

While names of the candidates were not revealed, people voice their choices Tashi Namgyal/Thimphu The lull has been broken but the cat is yet to be out of the bag. Prime Minister (PM) Dasho Dr Lotay Tshering, who is also the Party President affirmed six candidates from the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpaโ€™s (DNT) repository from where he will select the next …

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๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ: Climate-induced disasters becoming more prominent

By Sonam Choki Following the news of a family losing lives to a landslide in Pemagatshel this morning, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said rescue efforts are on and that they are keeping their hopes for the daughter who is still to believed be buried under rubbles.  Lyonchhen further said His Majesty is very concerned and has commanded all relevant …

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78.6 percent of children aged 12-17 vaccinated

By Phurpa Wangmo After achieving more than 90 percent adult vaccine coverage, the Ministry of Health has now inoculated around 59,000 children aged between 12-17 with their first dose of coronavirus vaccine in the country. This figure makes up for 78.6 percent of the total children in the age bracket which is a healthy figure given that countries across the …

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Engaging our youth in meaningful economic activities

By Chimi Wangmo Even before the current COVID-19 crisis, youth unemployment in Bhutan was over four times higher than the overall national unemployment. โ€œWith half of the countryโ€™s population under the age of 27, the scale of the challenge was growing. And now, the economic fallout of the pandemic is hitting Bhutanโ€™s youth hardest – destroying jobs and livelihoods, and …

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Senior citizens most vulnerable to covid-19

The Prime Minister cautioned that 80 percent of the deaths attributed to covid-19 were reported in senior citizens globally Chimi Wangmo The Prime Minister during the Meet the Press session Friday cautioned that senior citizens were the most vulnerable to the wraths of covid-19. He said fatalities reported till date from across the globe revealed that almost 80 percent of …

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UN lauds Bhutanโ€™s efforts, says His Majestyโ€™s leadership has inspired all Bhutanese to unite

By Chimi Wangmo As the UN community in Bhutan observed the World Humanitarian Day this week amidst the double crisis of COVID-19 and the impact of climate change, UN said Bhutanโ€™s response to this double crisis, however, remains a beacon of hope for the world. The UN said that Bhutanโ€™s response, which is guided by exceptional leadership and collective solidarity, …

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Stamping out gender-based violence

Staff Reporter To standardize case management procedures for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases, UNICEF in Bhutan this week supported the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) and RENEW to develop guidelines on case management of GBV and a training package based on the guidelines. Using the training package, 16 RENEW CBSS volunteers from Haa, Paro, and Thimphu dzongkhags attended training …

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