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Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay attended the opening of a…

The year of the Fire Female Bird

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As the year of the Monkey gave us His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, ensuring the continuity of the Wangchuck Dynasty, the bird will see the birth of more boys.

A productive year for agriculture

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Yearender | Agriculture: The agriculture sector, that 58 percent of the population depends on for their livelihood, experienced some major milestones in the year of the Monkey.

Contemporary Bhutnaese artists carve out a niche

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Yearender | ARTS & Culture: The Fire Male Monkey Year saw development of art and culture in the country. Art exhibitions and some of the memorable art and literary festivals such as the Mountain Echoes brought together talented artists from both within and outside the country.

Bhutan’s Crowning Glory launched

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Book: Dedicated to His Majesty’s 37th Birth Anniversary, a book documenting Bhutan’s journey after His Majesty The King was enthroned was launched on February 22.

CCTVs watch over Thimphu

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… in a bid to further reduce crime
Yearender |  Crime: The past five years saw a drastic drop in crime rates in the country from 4,697 cases in 2011 to 2,055 in 2015. Battery and assault remained the top crimes committed in the country in 2015, followed by larceny, and then crimes related to drugs.

ACC’s snail pace

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Human resource shortcomings plague investigating agency
Yearender |  Corruption: The Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) pro-activeness was questioned in the last year, as a result of its, as many perceived, snail pace on several cases.

A fruitful year for Parliament

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Yearender |  Parliament: The last two sessions of Parliament were largely fruitful both in terms of fostering democratic practices and enactment of laws.

An eventful year for tourism

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Yearender | Tourism: Increasing regional tourists and the proposed closure of Taktshang monastery were some of the major issues the tourism sector faced during the fire Monkey year.

A much needed reform begins

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Yearender | Education: As the nation observed Teacher’s Day in May, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay flanked by other Cabinet ministers waited in queue to receive over 1,400 teachers at the Royal Institute of Management.

Bold moves to protect the environment

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Yearender | Environment: The launch of the much awaited National Forest Inventory 2015 report laid to rest a lot of apprehension. The last such survey to determine the state of the environment or the forests was carried out decades ago. Given the spate of development involving large-scale infrastructure building mainly roads, many feared that the forests were shrinking.

High profile visits bolsters foreign relations

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Yearender | Foreign Affairs: The year of the Monkey kept the foreign ministry on its toes with multiple high profile visits.

Alcohol continues to burden health system

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Yearender | Health: The year of the Monkey began with the Cabinet endorsing a strong alcohol policy to address the top killer in the country.