• The roadblock at Box-cut along the Gelephu-Trongsa highway was cleared on July 13. DoR officials say the road is likely to be blocked again (Photo: DoR, Sarpang)

    23 highways blocked in central and eastern Bhutan

    Monsoon this year has not only disrupted road transportation but also hit domestic air services in the country. Flight cancellations due to bad weather are reported from all three domestic airports. Gelephu airport reported a last minute cancellation following unfavourable weather condition yesterday. The airport recorded five cancellations so far. 

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NC concerned over excluding Zhemgang 

Zhemgang was initially among the four dzongkhags for tourism flagship programme

The government’s decision to replace Zhemgang with Sarpang for the tourism flagship programme is in contravention of the Budget and Appropriation Act and must be reconsidered. This is what NC has conveyed to the government through a letter addressed to the prime minister with copies to the Speaker, the foreign …

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Nu 1.7B for a dry port at Pasakha

With little space to enter and exit, vehicles remain stranded at the land port at the customs office in Phuentsholing

Of the total Nu 4 billion Trade Support Facility (TSF) the Government of India is providing in the 12th Plan, Nu 1.7B has been earmarked for a dry port at Pasakha. Economic affairs minister Loknath Sharma confirmed this during his two-day visit to Phuentsholing last week. India committed the TSF …

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“Effective technology key to solving problems”

Suhas Gopinath is the world’s youngest CEO

Technology is a means of survival in the competitive modern world with modern problems, said Suhas Gopinath in an interactive session at TechPark in Thimphu on July 15. Suhas Gopinath,31, from Bangalore in India, is the world’s youngest CEO. He established his first IT company at the age of 14. …

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Guidelines contravene LG Act: local leaders

Finance ministry officials, including the minister, and officials from the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) went around the country, sensitising on the recently launched guidelines of gewog annual grants (GAG) and dzongkhag development grant (DDG). Local leaders, who attended the sensitisation meeting, allege that the guidelines have contradictory clauses with …

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Drakteng’s service centre to resume soon

Service centre at Tangsibiji

The gewog service centres of Drakteng, Tangsibiji, and Korphu in Trongsa have not been providing any service for more than seven months according to the local leaders. Drakteng’s service centre, however, is expected to provide services soon, according to the General Manager of Farm Machinery Corporation Limited (FMCL). To read …

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Windstorms flatten maize in Trashigang

One of the affected farmers in Thrimshing gewog

More than 82 households in three gewogs of Trashigang lost at least 59.39 acres of maize and other crops to the recent windstorm . The windstorm affected most parts of Thrimshing and Kangpara gewogs.Rainfall since July 9 also contributed to the damage. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Housing policy to ensure affordability and accessibility

The government shall regulate the housing sector to ensure that rental costs do not exceed 30 percent of household income, according to the draft housing policy, 2019. The policy states that the government should also provide public housing to low and middle-income households. More than 65 percent of households live …

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ASAB alleges Thimphu thromde of favoring landlords

The number of automobile workshops in Olarongchhu has increased from 32 in 2008 to more than 80 in 2018

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has ordered the Thimphu Thromde to submit a comprehensive report on “exorbitant” increase in rent of automobile workshops by landlords in Olarongchhu and on why it returned pooled land to landowners. An investigation to the allegation will be determined by the report. “We are yet to …

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Drukgyel CS student bags 12th Golden Youth Award

Palden Tshering Yangchen (Left)

Palden Tshering Yangchen from Drukgyel Central School in Paro won the Golden Youth Award from among 80 students at the 12th Golden Youth Award (GYA) Camp in Thimphu. Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering awarded the trophy and certificate to the winner during the closing ceremony at the Youth Development Fund (YDF) …

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More than 100 youth attend youth summit 

The 5th Youth Summit held at Royal Thimphu College concluded yesterday evening with a gallery walk on six different issues. The issues were global warming, women empowerment, divorce and its effects on youth, mental heath, negative impact of social media and self-reliance. The four-day residential camp brought together more than 100 …

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14th Bhutan – Japan annual bilateral consultation held

The 14th Bhutan-Japan annual bilateral consultation on economic cooperation was held yesterday in Thimphu. The two sides discussed the flagship programmes in the 12th Plan, comprehensive national development plan for Bhutan 2030, status of Japanese assistance to Bhutan, bilateral assistance needs survey and other areas of cooperation, a press release …

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