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55 primary contacts of the two Bhutanese in Kolkata test negative

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Health ministry officials, as of last night, have traced and tested about 55 primary contacts of the 47-year-old patient and another person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Kolkata, India.  The contacts include 35 staff at the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) hospital in Lungtenphug and nine family members of the 47-year-old patient. He was admitted at the RBA hospital since last month. Eleven   primary contacts of the 55-year-old man who was escorting a patient were also tested. 
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Five foreign workers apprehended for illegally entering the country

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Five foreign workers from across the border who entered the country by bypassing the established procedures were apprehended. Four were apprehended on Saturday and one, yesterday.
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PP-VIII students would be promoted automatically: MoE

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With the 2020 academic session coming to an end for Classes Pre-Primary (PP)-VIII, schools are notified to promote all students based on certain assessments categorised by the education ministry. School planning and coordination division’s chief programme officer, Kinley Gyeltshen said that all students would be promoted unless parents want their child to repeat in the same class.
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Girls happy at Gawailing Happy Home

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Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Her Royal Highness the princess Ashi Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck and Dasho Thinlay Norbu graced the occasion of three inaugural ceremonies at Gawailing Happy Home (GHH) - new girls hostel, GHH- water rehabilitation project, and GHH vocational training centre at Wangsisina, Thimphu.
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EIB agreement tabled with changes

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The government has tabled the European Investment Bank (EIB) framework agreement for ratification for the second time. Introducing the agreement in Parliament on November 27, Finance Minister Namgay Tshering said that the country needed to take the opportunity of availing loans from EIB before it graduated from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) group.
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Need to be cautious and vigilant

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In the face of the pandemic that is increasingly proving relentless,…
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Dagana to harvest mass organic ginger and turmeric 

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By the next two months, Dagana is expecting to harvest about 60 metric tonnes (MT) of ginger and 28MT of turmeric from its organic farming programme.  In an effort to encourage farmers to establish a productive organic farming system and cultivate in its fallow lands, Dagana agriculture sector initiated the programme to grow organic ginger and turmeric as focused crops in Tsendagang and Tsangkha gewogs. 
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Tour guide makes picking trash a habit

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Gembo, a tour guide from Trongsa, who can often be seen with a sack and a pair of gloves, has been collecting waste since 1999.  His aim is to continue collecting waste until he can. On weekends, Gembo can be seen picking waste from around dzongs, monasteries, schools, and on hiking trails.
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Digital Drukyul well on its track: Lyonpo Donnen

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Despite prioritising online management systems over the Sunng Joen and Free WiFi activities, work for the Digital Drukyul flagship project is underway without disruptions, according to information and communications Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi. 
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HC embraces technology for public benefit

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Litigants who appealed to the High Court (HC) could now know which bench and clerk the cases are assigned to, which would save them time and cost. This was made possible after the HC digitised the court functions.
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Dorokha Bundles wins open volleyball championship

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Dorokha based volleyball team, Bundles, defeated Haiku by three sets to two in the finals of the Men’s Open Volleyball Championship at the Changlimithang volleyball ground in Thimphu, yesterday. 
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Lockdown or not?

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Following the news of the two positive cases in Kolkata, India, and their primary contacts being traced and tested, many were found calling each other, last night, if there would be another lockdown.
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Building specialist pool: long-term investment  

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To address the shortage of medical specialists in the country, the government earlier this year brought in 19 specialists from Bangladesh on a two-year contract.  The specialists included seven anaesthesiologists, five general and an orthopaedic surgeon, three paediatricians, a gynaecologist, a medical specialist, and a nephrologist (sub-specialist).