Japan to construct 4 bridges on Trongsa-Gelephu highway

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Infrastructure: Japanese companies will construct four double-lane bridges on the Trongsa-Sarpang national highway worth USD 18.4 million.

Police tracks down man who posted suicide note on Facebook

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Social media: Gelephu police tracked down a 31-year-old man who had posted a suicide note on a social media platform Facebook on December 25 in a hotel in Gelephu.

Combating negative attitudes towards the differently-abled

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Awareness: To create a more inclusive environment for people with disabilities in the country, CSO Ability Bhutan Society began an awareness programme in Wangdue yesterday.

Anti-Corruption initiatives must come top-down

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Bhutan Transparency Initiative’s National Corruption Barometer Survey has found that favouritism and nepotism in recruitment, promotion and transfer, misuse of public funds and facilities, and the deliberate delaying of decisions with twisted motives are the most prevalent forms of corruption in the country.

Fodder turns lucrative for Shumar gewog

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Agriculture: What was once only cattle fodder decades back is now a lucrative business for 14 villages in Shumar gewog.

Palace of the exiled Tibetan prince

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Heritage: Guru Rinpoche’s contemporary king Khikha Rathoe also lived in Bumthang at one point of time. The ruins of his palace at Jalikhar in Bumthang still stands.

Citizens cap year with national futsal title

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Futsal: They opened the year clinching their first ever Thimphu A-League title this year. After four consecutive unsuccessful seasons, Thimphu City FC lifted their first Thimphu A-League championship earlier in June.

Zhabdrung statue arrives in Bhutan

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His Majesty The King offers prayers before a special statue of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel at Simtokha Dzong His Majesty The King offered prayers before a special statue of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel at the Simtokha Dzong yesterday.

Making a difference with one Ngultrum

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Donation: The One Ngultrum initiative that is expected to help people recovering from renal failure disease is fast gaining popularity among people with many donating the note towards the cause.

Contractors fined for illegal dumping of muck

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Waste: The Bumthang forest division office imposed a fine of more than Nu 1 million on three contractors widening the East-West Highway in Trongsa.

Gender gap in civil service closing fast: RCSC

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Bhutan ranks 121st in the Global Gender Gap Index 2016 Gender: The gender gap in the civil service has narrowed over the years. The composition of women in the civil service increased to 35.32 percent from 29.5 percent in 2008. Last year, 34.5 percent of civil servants were women.

Children above 5.5 years considered for PP admission

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… but dependant on space availability Education: Just a few weeks after the National Council (NC) deliberated recommending to the education ministry to consider accepting children below six years of age for preprimary (PP), the ministry has reminded all schools to strictly comply with the existing admission policy.

The first bicycle club race in Bhutan

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Cycling: Thimphu Mountain Biking Club (TMBC), the first bicycling club in Bhutan, organised its maiden event, the TMBC Climbing Challenge, yesterday in Thimphu.