• Health checkup for civil servants not mandatory

    The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has stopped the mandatory annual health check-up, which was scheduled to take place from August 2018 due to huge implication on the administrative cost and implications. Health ministry in collaboration with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) was supposed to conduct the annual health check-up for all civil servants to promote a healthier lifestyle from June 2018.

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MLR’s impact minimum on loans that drive consumption

The impact of the minimum lending rate (MLR) has helped moderate the consumption-oriented loans such as housing and construction.  However, comparing the lending rates of various loan products, interest rates on consumption-oriented loans dropped more than the loans for productive sectors between 2015 and 2018. This has happened despite the …

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Multi-car park yet to attract users

Ten days after Phuentsholing thromde inaugurated its multi-car park, the three-storied parking area has not been able to attract many vehicles. Although the town is crowded with a huge number of vehicles, often congesting and disrupting the traffic, the second and the third floors of the parking building remain empty most of the …

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Transitioning to low emission transport system

About 50 taxi drivers attended the meeting

To facilitate change in the country’s urban transport sector through the promotion of Electric Vehicles (EVs) for cabbies, a consultation meeting was conducted in Thimphu on January 18. Project Manager Phub Gyeltshen said focus was on taxi drivers registered in Thimphu because it was found that taxis travelled the whole …

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NC recommends improving GC roads and secondary national highways

Lyonpo Dorji Tshering

To improve the quality and durability of gewog centre (GC) roads, the government would increase the blacktop (premix carpet) thickness to 30mm (millimeter) from the current 25mm, according to the works and human settlement minister Dorji Tshering. He said this at the National Council (NC) question hour session on January …

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Govt. to construct a bypass at Ossey in the 12th Plan

Information and communications minister, Karma Donnen Wangdi, has said that a four-kilometre bypass would be constructed at Ossey, a slide-prone area on the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway in the 12th Plan. He said this while responding to a question from Dragteng Langthel Member of Parliament (MP) Gyem Dorji on January 18. Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi said he …

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ABS to study the needs of the disabled

Over 140 individuals including the members of ABS attended the launch of the project

A study to identify the number, needs and the severity of persons with disability will be conducted in the five dzongkhags of Chukha, Dagana, Punakha, Sarpang, and Trashigang. Ability Bhutan Society (ABS) will lead the study. The need assessment camp will be conducted [by medical personnel] to find the details …

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OAG charges two in WhatsApp scam

A civil servant in Trashigang and an Indian businessman allegedly lured 13 Bhutanese through WhatsApp scam and collected Nu 849,000. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged the duo last week in Paro court. The incident occurred between March and April last year and the amount was collected from …

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The case of the 108 missing barrels of bitumen

When the announcement from the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) rewarding Nu 100,000 for information leading to the theft of 108 barrels of bitumen was made in the media last November, many wondered why the information mandated such a huge reward. Almost four months after the two truckloads of bitumen reportedly …

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All class X pass students will be enrolled in class XI

Starting this academic session, all class X students who pass the board examination will be enrolled in class XI, the education minister JB Rai clarified, amid confusions surrounding the cut-off points. However, with the decision, it is still unclear whether the cut off point for class X students stays or …

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Loan repayment deferred for Bhutanese in Japan

In what could come as a relief to Bhutanese in Japan, under the “earn and learn” programme, and their parents, the government has decided to defer the loan repayment time by two to four years. The decision was made during a recent meeting, which the labour minister, Ugyen Dorji announced …

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Manav Dhingra refutes ACC findings 

The head of operations for International Institute of Hospitality and Wellness Studies (IIWS), Manav Dhingra has refuted the allegations and findings of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) investigation on corrupt practices in the overseas employment programme in India. The findings established that IIWS bagged tenders repeatedly for training and placements of …

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Govt. to allow entry of regional tourists through all border towns

The National Assembly yesterday endorsed entry and exit of regional tourists through the border towns of Samdrupjongkhar, Gelephu, Samtse, Nganglam, and Panbang. Currently, Phuentsholing is the only entry point for regional tourists. However, entry and exit would be allowed from these points with a condition that the tourists use Bhutanese vehicles and …

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