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Moratorium lifted to accept applications only: PM

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering

The government will not issue new licences for mines and quarries until the enactment of a new mines and minerals Act, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said at the Friday Meet yesterday. The Department of Mines and Geology on September 10 issued a notification calling interested members of the public …

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Govt. will not take any action on home minister

Until the Home Minister Sherub Gyeltshen’s case is over and the government cannot take any formal stand or take any action against the minister, according to Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering. Thimphu dzongkhag court’s criminal bench I convicted the home minister to two months in prison for claiming false vehicle …

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Performance agreement signed to complete Punatsangchu projects on time

Lyonpo Loknath Sharma with PHPA officials

The economic affairs minister, for the first time, signed performance agreement with project authorities of Punatsangchu Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA) I and II on September 12. The objectives of the agreement are to ensure that the project management, consultants and contractors are fully responsible to complete the projects within the …

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Gap between proposal and implementation behind high NPL

Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjor

The contradiction between the applicant’s proposal and activities actually carried out on the ground is the main reason behind high loan default cases in Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) loan scheme. The agriculture minister said this when asked about high non-performing loan (NPL) in MSE that led Bhutan Development Bank …

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“Lucky dip” leaves people unhappy

Of the 21 participants who took part in the lucky draw, only three managed to get the plots at the industrial service centre in Gelephu

More than 85 percent of the participants vying for a plot at the Industrial Service Centre (ISC) in Gelephu returned home dejected after they thought the distribution method was unfair. To provide equal opportunity to all the participants, thromde organised a “lucky dip” for the distribution. This was the fourth …

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Adding value to plastic waste

Depending on the shape and size of the poles, 3-12kg plastic waste is used to produce one pole

At the waste recovery centre in Ngabiphu, Thimphu, high and low-density polyethylene plastic is being segregated from among the heaps of waste. A few months ago, the waste recycling plant, Greener Way, ventured beyond conventional ways of recycling. The plant explored opportunities to expand new methods to curb plastic waste …

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Waste management in primary school curriculum?

Students take part in a cleaning campaign (Photo: NECS)

Primary school students will be educated on waste management as a part of their formal education. Educational material for promoting waste management education is being developed and will be ready within three months. The material is expected to encourage students understand the importance of lifestyle based on the concept of …

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The Anti-Corruption Commission

 The Anti-Corruption Commission and Bhutan Transparency Initiative yesterday renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation to prevent corruption.  The MoU signifies the commitment of two institutions to foster strategic partnership in promoting integrity, transparency and accountability and constructive citizen engagement to fight corruption collectively.  The MoU is expected to …

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Reconstruction of Lingzhi dzong starts with dismantling Utse

Reconstruction of the Lingzhi Dzong began last year

Located at about 4,300 meters above the sea level, the ruins of the Lingzhi dzong still stand majestically on a hilltop in Lingzhi, Thimphu. Also known as Lingzhi Yugyal dzong, the dzong was built by the third Desi Chogyal Minjur Tenpa to commemorate a victory over a Tibetan invasion in …

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Demand for aggregates increases in the east

A sand depot at Tshangsima, Trashiyangtse

With numerous development activities happening in the eastern region, the demand for stone and sand has increased over the last five years. The highest demand is for stone aggregates, according to officials from the regional Natural Resources Development Corporation (NHDC) in Mongar. The total aggregates sold this year until this …

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Audit observation halts usage of database management and information system

Mongar dzongkhag’s education sector has not been able to make use of their newly developed dzongkhag education database management and information system (EDMIS) because of an audit observation. Officials say the system is actually set to be operational. Called as M-Sherig E-Portal (MoSEP), the idea of developing what dzongkhag education …

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Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi

Still from the film: Pemi Tshewang Tashi leads his men to Trongsa

Review: In the Bhutanese film industry’s not-so-splendid past, there have been some attempts at animation. Teetering out the studio doors, they tottered into the theatres, and mostly did awfully bad. But like “there is hope”, the phrase with which the critics kept the Hollywood afloat at one point of the …

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