Police in Samdrupjongkhar nabs burglar suspect

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Crime: Burglary cases have drastically reduced at National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC) colony in Samdrupjongkhar after one of suspects was arrested last month.

Bhutan Telecom introduces surveillance service

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ICT: Indicating its entry into the security sector, telecommunications company Bhutan Telecom (BT) launched a surveillance service, last week.

Imported vegies and fruits safe

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More tests will be conducted to see winter crops are contaminated 

Food: Vegetables and fruits from across the border imported for sale in Phuentsholing are safe to consume, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) officials have confirmed.

Mumps infected students recover

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Health: The mumps outbreak in Martshala Primary School in Samdrupjongkhar has now subsided, school authorities say.

More questions on BOiC-BDBL merger

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The govt. will ensure collateral-free loans at four percent interest irrespective of BOiC’s fate

Finance: Even as a task force looks into the possibility of merging the controversial Business Information and Opportunity Centre (BOiC) with Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL), more questions are rising on its legality, functioning and government’s decisions.

Gov’t cancels tender, renews Google Apps contract

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ICT: The government has cancelled the tender that would have seen the Asian Development Bank (ADB) fund its use of an online office suite, like Google Apps, for the next three years.

Hydropower targets reprioritised

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MTR: The delay in commissioning of the 1200MW Punatsangchhu I project has come at the cost of slashing the 11th Plan target of augmenting the installed power capacity to 4,546MW.

The long wait to open a One Stop Crisis Centre

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Health: The judiciary could be deciding cases based on incomplete or inaccurate facts provided by the forensic and toxicology unit in absence of necessary equipment at the Thimphu referral hospital, doctors said.

NFE instructor accused of corporal punishment

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Complaint: Twelve Non-Formal Education (NFE) learners from Satsalu village in Norbugang gewog have submitted a written complaint to their village tshogpa to replace their instructor.

“I was just a facilitator”

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WHO: Former health and education minister Sangay Ngedup, who was recently conferred the Excellence in Public Health award in Timor-Leste said that the recognition has come at a time when the country is celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

Over 100 percent cost escalation for roads and bridges

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Alarmed with the cost overrun, the PM has directed DoR, GNHC and MoF to discuss  the issue

MTR: The Department of Roads (DoR) would require an additional budget of Nu 15,979M (million) to complete the construction and upgradation of roads and bridges for the 11th Plan.

Advocacy on NCDs begins in Trashigang

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Health: With non-communicable diseases (NCD) causing more deaths every year, the health sector in Trashigang organised an awareness campaign in Methidrang town yesterday.

High level advocacy programme to sensitise students

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A programme to gauge how informed the youth are on life skill education began from Thimphu 

Awareness: A high level advocacy visits to three schools in Thimphu saw students and teachers discussing issues on reproductive health, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention with health and education officials.