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Sand supply system streamlined

For too long has its price been held in the stranglehold of unscrupulous transporters NRDCL: If you don’t find any sand laden trucks at the Thimphu truck parking, it’s because several new measures are in place to curb illegal sale of sand, especially in the capital. After years of complaints …

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Disproportionate assets shown against numerous declarants

50 flagged names yet to clarify though March 29 deadline has passed ACC: Of the 1,000 public servants, who were asked to furnish written clarifications for declaring assets disproportionate to their income in 2013, the Anti-Corruption Commission is yet to receive clarifications from about 50 asset declarants, even though the …

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Updating the Middle Path for sustainable development

National environment strategy to have specific mandates and to fix accountability on agencies Environment: Sixteen years after the National Environment Strategy (NES) was adopted, the National Environment Commission is reviewing the strategy to make it relevant to the changes in environment and policies. The commission adopted the first NES, called …

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Infrastructure-challenged Sherabgatshel LSS

Education: Sherabgatshel Lower Secondary School (SLSS) in Bara, Samtse is facing a shortage of classrooms. The school has close to 600 students and 20 sections.  There are only 18 classrooms, however. A hostel that was constructed recently is instead being used to hold classes as a temporary measure.  The hostel …

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In the interest of conservation

If the judiciary is known for going by the book of law, the first case to reach the “green bench” could concern the Shingkhar-Gorgan highway. This is because conservationists, who protested against road passing through a protected area, and the habitat of the endangered Royal Bengal tiger, lost to the …

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Picture story

Belated Earth Hour: Exactly 48 hours after Thimphu residents observed a halfhearted Earth Hour on Saturday, the city was blacked out for more than 30 minutes last evening. The blackout was a result of maintenance work at the Chukha hydroelectric plant.     

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Udzorong cashes in on chips

The gewog has appreciated that processed potatoes fetch far more than the raw deal Agriculture: Villagers of Dotphu in Udzorong depend on potatoes for a living. While they previously used to take their potatoes all the way to the Samdrupjongkhar auction yard, however, life has become easier for the people …

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Japan grants Nu 978M to reconstruct bridges

The three bridges have expired their lifespan AID: To reconstruct the Chuzomsa and Nikachu bridge in Wangduephodrang and Zalam Chu bridge between Trongsa and Wangduephodrang, the Japanese government has committed Nu 978 million (1 billion and 956 million Japanese Yen). The exchange of notes for the project – “Project for …

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Ginger – A struggling cooperative’s long shot

Agriculture: Almost two years after it was launched, Pemathang gewog’s vegetable cooperative, Tshesey Gongphel Dhetshen, is failing. The cooperative has so far been able to save only Nu 600. The 10-member cooperative is now planning on growing ginger on a six-acre land that the cooperative acquired from the government. The …

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Shedra upgrade to college begins

Construction launched with groundbreaking ceremony graced by the Gyaltshab Drametse: Construction work to build a Nyingma Peling college has begun in Thegchhog Namdrol Ugyen Chholing monastery in Drametse, Mongar, with HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck gracing the Salang Tendrel (groundbreaking ceremony) on March 29. On the command of His Majesty …

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His Majesty attends funeral service of Lee Kuan Yew

Funeral: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen joined world leaders and the people of Singapore in bidding farewell to the island nation’s founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew at the funeral service held in Singapore yesterday. The Prime Minister who ruled Singapore for 31 years died on …

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External debt exceeds size of economy by 12 percent

However, not counting hydropower loans, debt is at a decent 37 percent or so of GDP Economy: Bhutan’s total outstanding external debt has exceeded the size of economy by 12 percent as of December last year. The country’s debt to GDP ratio, as measured by the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) …

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Possible areas of collaboration discussed with Google, Facebook

Other companies were also visited during the US visit Tech: While the Prime Minister’s recent visit to the USA was primarily to raise funds for the Bhutan for Life project, the Bhutanese delegation also met with a few big name technology companies to discuss possible areas of cooperation. The possibility …

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