ECB spends more than a million for every bye-election

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According to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), the last bye-election for Choekhor-Tang constituency in Bumthang cost the government Nu 2.236 million (M).

Upgrading and strengthening Deaf Education

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Almost two decades since its establishment, the Wangsel Institute for the Deaf in Paro will have its first cohort for classes 11 and 12 this year. 

Only 27 percent registered voters for third thromde election

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Thimphu’s population is 114,551.  Yet, as Thimphu heads for the third thromde election on April 28, there are only 8,007 registered voters.

Three thromde tshogpa candidates disqualified

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During the scrutiny of nomination papers for the thromde election for tshogpa yesterday, it was found that two candidates had party affiliation and one had criminal records. They were disqualified effectively. 

For women and children

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Many question the role of the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) whenever they see and hear of women and children in difficult circumstances.

Taking the vaccine to the furthest village in Lunana

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March 26, Lunana — Ten in all—four medical staff and six desuups—are travelling day and night, across high mountains in Lunana, Gasa, where the land is still in the grip of icy winter.

Three get double shots of Covidshield accidentally

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Talks of a second dose even as people queued for the first led to three people getting a second shot of the Covishield vaccine on the same day.  

No white-bellied herons sighted in Phochhu and Mochhu

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Bhutan counted 22 white-bellied herons (WBH) during the recent annual population survey, which is the lowest in five years.  The five-day population survey that ended on March 3 recorded 19 adults and three sub-adult individuals, which has decreased by five individuals compared with 2020. 

NCWC shortchanged to look into women and child cases

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Although established to take the lead in promoting and protecting the rights of women and children in the country, National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) say they lack resources and capacity to provide services.

Bhutan to construct chancery in Dhaka

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With the Bangladesh government allocating a plot at the diplomatic enclave at Baridhara, the Royal Bhutan Embassy in Dhaka will soon have a new chancery with Bhutanese traditional architecture.

Korphu GC road blacktopping behind schedule

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The 19.5km Korphu gewog centre (GC) road blacktopping could not complete on time again. As per the contractual agreement, the blacktopping is supposed to complete on March 12 but work only began on that day. 

Gembo and his family get help

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For the past two years, Wangdue’s dzongkhag administration has been trying to compile documents to help four children of Gembo’s family in Jala, Ruebisa to register as citizens. Gembo lives in Jala with his wife and five children. 

Misinformation could derail vaccination programme

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Bhutan has achieved quite a feat in the past three days.  More…