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PM blames PHPA I delay on Opposition

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that the dam site of the Punatshangchhu hydroelectric project Authority (PHPA) I was relocated without proper study. He was responding to a press release from the Opposition, which stated that the present government was responsible for the delay in the commissioning of the project. The …

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Heavy rain in southern and eastern Bhutan

Southern and eastern parts of the country are expected to receive heavy rain from July 1-3, the National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology, forecasts. Moderate rain is expected in the northern and western dzongkhags.According to an advisory from Weather and Climate Services Divisions, the heavy rain is due to observed …

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Man drowns

A 24-year-old man drowned while swimming in Thimchu at Dodena on June 28. The deceased along with his six friends went for Picnic at a popular picnic spot at Gepthang, which is about 1.5kms from the Cheri Bazam (cantilever bridge) towards Soe and Naro gewogs. According to police officials, of …

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Four detained for alleged bullying

Following the video of a man bullying another, which went viral on Facebook and WeChat on June 28, Thimphu police has detained four men.  The video that was taken about a month ago depicts the 24-year old slapping and making another boy kiss his shoes and prostrate.  The video shared …

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Overflowing drain irks NPPF residents in P’ling

The overflowing drain

Residents of a class-4 National Pension and Provident Fund (NPPF) building in Phuentsholing are worried about dengue and other diseases. This is because the drain overflows whenever it rains, causing foul smell. The residents, opting anonymity, said it has been more than a year since the particular drain overflowed. A …

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State of the nation

What is the state of the nation today? The prime minister’s state of the nation report to the ​P​arliament shows much progress in the 11th Plan.  More homes are connected with blacktopped roads and even more vehicles are plying these roads. The government has injected more money into the economy …

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The last Parliament session before election concludes

His Majesty The King graces the closing ceremony of the 11th session of the Second Parliament yesterday. The 11th Session is the last Parliamentary session of the second Parliament.

Speaker Jigme Zangpo said in the joint sitting of Parliament yesterday that the Druk Gyalpo guided Parliament with his wise counsel. It was his last statement in Parliament as the Speaker. “The Members of Parliament and I would like to express our deepest gratitude and reverence to His Majesty the …

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21st NC session concludes

The NC members speak to the media in Thimphu on June 28

National Council Deputy Chairperson and Spokesperson Jigme Wangchuk described the 21st session as fruitful at the post-session press conference in Thimphu on June 28. The Spokesperson said that although the session lasted two weeks, the NC held deliberations for a week only. The session began on June 15 and concluded …

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BICMA hands over licensing of entertainment centres to MoEA

BhutanInfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) handed over the responsibility of licensing of places of entertainment to the economic affairs ministry on June 28. The move is in accordance with the Information, Communications and Media (ICM) Act of Bhutan 2018. According to chapter five of the ICM Act, places of entertainment include movie halls, …

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Private sector development was prioritised, says govt

At the question hour session on June 26, the government was questioned on starting corporations and institutions, which were related to business, financing and retailing. Nubi Tangsibji MP Nidup Dorji asked the government about involving in businesses such as the state mining corporation, livestock development corporation, agriculture machinery corporation and …

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Picture story

More than 50 participants from 13 European countries attended the Biennial Meeting of the European Bhutan Friendship Associations in Geneva, Switzerland and Chamonix, France on June 21-23. Honorary Consuls of Bhutan in Germany and the Netherlands, the Director of the Tourism Council of Bhutan and officials from the Permanent Mission …

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Central schools are sustainable, says education minister

Education minister Norbu Wangchuk (File photo)

The education ministry would work towards establishing enough central schools in the country, according to education minister Norbu Wangchuk.   Lyonpo said this in response to Dokar Sharpa MP Kezang Wangmo’s enquiry on the sustainability of central schools during the question hour session at the National Assembly on June 26. …

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