The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives awarded 150,000 Canadian dollars, which is more than Nu 9.1 M to four Civil Society Organizations in the country. The fund will be used to support projects that will benefit youth, women, and persons with disabilities. The four CSOs that received the fund are the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, the Bhutan Transparency Initiative, the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy, and the Draktsho Vocational Training Centre.
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It has been exactly one year since the country reopened its borders following the COVID-19 pandemic. It was reopened on the 23rd of September, last year. And in that period, more than 83,000 tourists arrived in the country. According to the Department of Tourism, the government collected over USD 20 M as the Sustainable Development Fee or SDF.
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If you are in the capital, take a stroll along the clock tower square and you might just get to taste authentic traditional Bhutanese cuisines. A four-day Tshechu Fair is underway with displays of native cuisines from seven districts along with local products. The fair is also celebrating the auspicious birth of Her Royal Highness the Princess. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Employment in collaboration with the Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs is organising the fair.
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A new school with inclusive programmes and facilities for children with disabilities has been opened in the capital. Sherabgatshel Primary School located at Dangrina was inaugurated today. The new school will be a sister school of Dechencholing High School and will help decongest Dechencholing School which has one of the highest number of students. The new school will accommodate around five hundred students of pre-primary to third grade in its first academic year which will start from next year.
Fear has started to set in at Boegana in Thimphu after two cows were recently killed by what is suspected to be a tiger. Although foresters are unable to confirm it, one of the cows was dragged a few hundred meters which only a tiger would have the strength to do so. Officials are planning on how to go about next while local leaders are urging people to be vigilant.
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