Hundreds of devotees attend the Terton Pema Lingpa day observed officially yesterday at Tamshing monastery, BumthangKuensel

In honour of the great treasure discoverer

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The weather was not kind. However, the rain, which gave way to snow and the cold didn’t deter devotees from coming and paying their tribute and respect to great saint, Terton Pema Lingpa, when an official Pema Lingpa Day was observed yesterday. 
Roadblock between Sengor and ThrumshinglaKuensel

Heavy snowfall blocks highways

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Snowfall since the evening of February 25 blocked several highways, stranding commuters. Except for Dochula, high passes remained closed to traffic as of yesterday evening.
Lyonchen Dr Lotay TsheringKuensel

MoH cautions people from travelling to COVID-19 affected countries

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With 33 countries having reported of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) as of yesterday, the health ministry cautioned  Bhutanese to avoid unnecessarily travel to affected countries until the outbreak is contained. A travel advisory, the ministry sent, stated that people who have to travel should also postpone it. “Travellers entering Bhutan with travel history to affected countries may be quarantined for 14 days on arrival in the country.”
Lyonchen Dr Lotay TsheringKuensel

NC recommends dropping school ranking system 

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National Council (NC) members said the education ministry should trash the school ranking system as it is not benefitting schools as intended.  Members said that NC Good Governance Committee’s review report on programmes towards improving the quality of education clearly shows the ranking system was unfair and useless. 
Lyonchen Dr Lotay TsheringKuensel

Of new beginnings

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It was a quite a time for Bhutanese this week and last. We…
Lyonchen Dr Lotay TsheringKuensel

For them, by them

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National Council may not have any powers on approving money Bills but its recommendation on the Supplementary Budget Appropriation for FY 2019-2020 split the National Assembly yesterday, almost forcing it to revert a decision it took a fortnight ago.  On February 11, National Assembly (NA) adopted the Bill with 44 Yes and 1 Abstain out of 45 members present and voting. Yesterday, almost close to half the members present supported overturning its decision on the supplementary appropriation for the NA’s Parliamentary Committees and Secretariat Services. 
The new aircraft is expected to arrive towards third week of MarchKuensel

Drukair’s biggest aircraft registered as A5-JKW

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The national carrier, Drukair, will welcome the landing of the biggest aircraft, a new Airbus A320neo next month.
Buli TshoKuensel

Buli Tsho: a promised lake

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Nestled in the heart of a dense forest, the mystical lake of Buli village in Zhemgang remains an enigma – unexplored and shrouded in mystery.    
Lyonchen Dr Lotay TsheringKuensel

Speaker finds ‘wow factor’ missing in report on BCCI

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Issues surrounding the legality of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) would be addressed in the Trade and Investment Bill that is being drafted. Economic affairs minister Loknath Sharma informed this yesterday while presenting a follow up report to the resolutions of the previous session on the status of the BCCI in the National Assembly.
A portion of the collapsed RCC bridge on the Gelephu- Thimphu highwayKuensel

Of the year gone by

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Looking back, the pig was good-tempered, kind-hearted, positive, and loyal. At times we faltered but, overall, it was a fruitful year.
Lyonchen Dr Lotay TsheringKuensel

PM commits projects for yearlong celebrations

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Joining the people as the chief guest at the Changlimithang to celebrate the auspicious 40th birth anniversary of His Majesty The King, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said 2020 is a historic year for the country.
Lyonchen Dr Lotay TsheringKuensel

What the Rat Year has in store

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While the Male Iron Rat Year is expected to bring peace and harmony to the people in general, there could be problems for children and elderly citizens, according to predictions from College of Astrology in Pangrizampa, Thimphu. It also predicted possible calamities from rain.
Lyonchen Dr Lotay TsheringKuensel

National CSI Development Bank launched

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The government announced the establishment of the National CSI Development Bank Limited, a wholly-owned state-owned enterprise, yesterday.  In keeping with the government’s priority to diversify economic activities through financial inclusion and improving access to financing to rural agriculture and CSI sector, the government decided to upgrade Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Limited from a micro-financing institution to a full-fledged, non-deposit taking CSI Bank.