Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

Health ministry put measures for coronavirus 

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The health ministry has strengthened surveillance at the points of entry as part of precautionary measures to screen pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China.  An official from the health ministry’s Emergency Medical Service Division said infrared fever scanning and surveillance of respiratory symptoms have been in place at the Paro International Airport since January 15. 
Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

Cabinet approves 50 percent raise in school stipend 

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The Cabinet on January 14 approved 50 percent raise in school stipend to Nu 1,500 from Nu 1,000 per child for three meals for boarders. This means each student would get Nu 17 for a meal.  The education ministry gives 60 percent of the stipend to Food Corporation of Bhutan for non-perishable items and 40 percent to the schools for perishable items.
Fire fighters and volunteers could salvage only 15 chairs and two tables when a fire razed the Phongmey gewog office to the ground yesterday.Kuensel

Fire razes Phongmey gewog office to the ground

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A fire razed Phongmey gewog office in Trashigang to the ground yesterday morning. No casualties were reported.
Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

Cardamom farmers should grow better quality spice

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The agriculture ministry, through dzongkhags and gewogs, is exploring means for farmers to grow better quality cardamom. This, according to agriculture minister Yeshey Penjor, is to facilitate cardamom growers to grow price-fetching spice. 
Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

Gearing for continuous formative assessment in primary schools

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Schools will implement the Continuous Formative Assessment (CFA) in classes PP to three beginning this academic session, according to the Royal Education Council (REC).  REC in collaboration with the education ministry is organising a training of trainers (ToT) workshop for 201 teachers in Gelephu to ensure teachers teaching Dzongkha, English and Mathematics are professionally prepared to implement CFA as an alternative to examinations.
Sakteng gewog centre roadKuensel

GC roads handed over to LG to decentralise: MoWHS minister

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Works and human settlement ministry would soon allocate Nu 19 million (M) to the local government (LG) for restoration of gewog connectivity (GC) roads.
Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

Mining Bill may have limited the state’s rights over minerals  

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The Mines and Minerals Bill 2020 gives the state the prerogative to promote and develop minerals if they are found either on government or private land.  However, a new Section that provides for obtaining written consent from the landowner may have limited the state’s right to extract the mines and minerals from private land to the nation’s economic benefit. 
Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

Contradicting Supreme Court orders confuse courts

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Two days before retiring, Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk issued an office order to the High Court (HC) acting Chief justice Sangay Khando to comply with the circular issued in June 2015.  The High Court has not enforced the order and many in the judiciary are questioning its legality. 
Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

LAPs designed according to people’s needs: Minister 

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The Supreme Court in 2016 announced that the demarcation between the dzongkhag and yenlag thromdes (satellite towns) should be retained according to the Thromde Rules of Bhutan 2010 until the National Land Commission decides. 
Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

NA favours retaining more powers with MoEA

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The Mines and Minerals Bill 2020 seeks establishment of a mining authority that will have a seven-member board as a regulatory and monitoring body.  The economic and finance committee after a review of the Bill had proposed to empower the authority to issue rules, regulations and notifications. However, after objections from Cabinet members, the National Assembly yesterday decided that such powers should be left with the economic affairs ministry. 
National Council deliberated adding three new clauses in Civil and Criminal Procedure Code Amendment Bill yesterdayKuensel

NC’s committee proposes new clauses in CCPC amendment 

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The courts do not register cases against defendants or accused if they are untraceable both within and outside the country. That could now change.
Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

Baby Yudra recovering well 

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Battling 19 hours of surgery followed by complications, 14-month-old baby Yudra Tshering Zeepa is finally out of the hospital and at a rented apartment in Delhi, India with his parents.
Baby Yudra and parents with Dr Neelam Mohan, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Liver SpecialistKuensel

Crowdfunding expected to catalyse capital market

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In a span of seven months since the launch of Bhutan Crowdfunding portal, three start-ups were able to raise funds to expand their businesses.  After the Bhutan alternatives and Himalayan Food, One Click Shop, an e-commerce based shopping mart was able to raise Nu 8.5M from about 91 investors, two days ago.