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A budget outlay of almost Nu 50B

Major initiatives to strengthen decentralisation on the cards

Finance: The initiatives to realise the government’s ideology of Wangtse Chirphel or power decentralisation has surfaced in a Nu 49.9 billion (B) budget outlay for the fiscal year 2016-17, which the finance minister presented yesterday in the national assembly.

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The paradox of progress

Trekkers along the Jomolhari trail on which rural electrification works are occurring

The ongoing rural electrification works along the Jomolhari trek has allegedly obstructed trekking activities
Tourism: The ongoing rural electrification works along the Jomolhari trek route to supply electricity to the remote gewogs of Soe and Lingzhi has obstructed trekking activities along the route, according to tour operators.

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Cleaning house

The exit-survey conducted by the Tourism Council last year has revealed that road conditions topped complaints from tourists.

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BAFRA continues to test vegetables and fruits

The vegetable market in Phuentsholing

Safety: Following the recent temporary ban on import of beans and cauliflower due to chemical contents beyond permissible limit, the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is continuously testing vegetables and fruits in Phuentsholing.

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New road dug up less than a month later

The newly paved road had to be dug up as a result of water seepage problems

Water seepage was found to be the problem
Infrastructure: With several portions of a newly paved road in the Thinleygang area on the Wangdue-Thimphu highway being dug up, local leaders are raising questions about quality and monitoring.

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