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Although the National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo pled and reminded members to deliberate on the issue being tabled, the house was still unable to complete its discussions on yesterday’s agenda

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NA endorses creation of stabilisation fund

But guidelines on its implementation are still being drafted A stabilisation fund worth Nu 100M as seed money will be instituted beginning next year to maintain macroeconomic stability and achieve a desired level of economic growth. A stabilisation fund is a mechanism set up by a government or central bank to insulate ...

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NA seeks update on NCWC’s initiatives

Gender equality and women empowerment, as 10th National Key Result Area has been incorporated in the 12th Plan, works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden, said at the National Assembly on November 21. Lyonpo Dorji Choden who is also the chairperson of National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) said ...

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BHTF prepares to replenish fund

The donation of Nu 10 million (M) that His Holiness the Je Khenpo presented to the health ministry on November 11 will go to Bhutan Health Trust Fund (BHTF). BHTF’s programme officer, Lhaksam Chedrup, said BHTF organised a special Move for Health lottery in collaboration with Bhutan Lottery Limited for ...

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Bhutan to open consulate office in Guwahati

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Bhutan-India relationship, Bhutan will open office of the consulate general in Guwahati next year. Foreign minister Damcho Dorji said this during the question answer session in response to Kengkhar-Weringla MP Rinzin Jamtsho’s question on when the office would be opened at the National Assembly ...

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Improving benefits of the instructors

Education Minister Norbu Wangchuk said that an endorsement proposal to include non-formal education (NFE) and Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre’s instructors a part of the civil servants and to place them at grade S5A was submitted to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). This was in response to ...

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Australia Awards is for Bhutan, not for individuals

The prestigious Australia Awards (AA) scholarship is for Bhutan and not for individuals, according to AA’s team leader for South and West Asia, Tony Crooks. He said this during an AA scholarship’s pre-departure briefing for 28 awardees on November 21 in Thimphu. “The AA is a scholarship granted as Australia’s ...

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A schizophrenic son and a helpless family

Bir Bahadur Tamang, who suffers from a schizophrenia is often pelted with stones

The last two days have been hectic for 66-year-old Mon Maya. Besides her regular household chores, she has to keep checking on her son. Her son, Bir Bahadur Tamang, 30, lies asleep under a thin blanket in a small compartment adjacent to their house in Rangthaling, Tsirang. Few planks serve ...

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The first POL service center inaugurated

Finance Minister Namgay Dorji inaugurates the first Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL) Service Center at Drakten, Trongsa

The first Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL) service center was inaugurated in Drakten Gewog, Trongsa on November 18. The center benefiting 600 households sells POL services, basic agriculture tools, farm machinery and spare parts to enhance agricultural activities. The service center is expected to save time and cost for farmers ...

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DoR must work together with LG – MoWHS minister

Although Department of Roads (DoR) implement road works including surveys, budgeting, monitoring they also have to consult, and address issues collectively and with the Local Government (LG), according to the works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden. Lyonpo said this in response to Dophuchen-Tading MP Tek Bahadur Subba’s inquiry on ...

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Dagana has 21 NC aspirants

Dagana has at least 21 candidates aspiring to contest in the upcoming National Council election. Lhamoidzingkha has the highest (five) number of aspirants. Suraj Pradhan, former finance manager of Kuensel Corporation, is one of them. He will contest against Krishna Bahadur Tamang, a businessman, Prakash Sharma, who is currently unemployed, ...

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Children’s Parliament to stay

NC and Opposition express reservations The National Assembly yesterday decided to continue with the Bhutan Children’s Parliament, an initiative of the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), although Opposition members argued in favour of scrapping it. The House was divided between the government and the Opposition when Education Minister Norbu Wangchuk ...

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