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Tourist arrivals increase in last five years 

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2013 pledged that the annual tourist arrivals would be increased to 200,000 in the period of five years. The party identified tourism as one of the five jewels in the 11th Plan and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in his State of the Nation Report 2018 …

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Gelephu – Zhemgang highway remains blocked

The highway has remained blocked on and off at Ossey

It has been almost a month since the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway has remained blocked on and off at Ossey, 23kms away from Gelephu. Although the Department of Roads (DoR) has been regularly clearing the debris, mudslides block the road even before the passage is cleared. DoR officials said the stretch is …

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Curtains fall on National Assembly

The members fold their blue kabneys and remove their patags at the NA hall yesterday

Marking the successful completion of a decade of democracy, the second National Assembly dissolved yesterday afternoon with an offering of Tashi Moenlam and Zhabten in the National Assembly hall. The members folded their blue kabneys, removed their patags and most of them wore the white kabneys. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay …

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Government’s tenure, a big failure: Opposition

Flip-flop and irrational decisions, wasteful expenditures, bad precedence and rush for inaugurations on government’s part have created a vacuum in building an image of the country, according to the Opposition. Labelling the government’s tenure as highly unsuccessful, the members from Opposition said at a press conference on July 31 that …

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Two ACC officials threatened

Thimphu police has registered a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against two individuals from Wangduephodrang for attempting to assault and threatening two investigating officials. While police officials say they are still investigating the case, it was learnt that the incident happened on July 23 when the two lady …

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Pledge to improve transport and online services partially fulfilled

The government’s pledge on airport infrastructure development, improvement of public transport, and to provide online service delivery have been partially fulfilled. The government had pledged to improve safety standards and expand the infrastructure at the Paro international airport and the domestic airports. “People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will look into the …

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Police investigates cordycep larceny case

Thimphu police are investigating a case of larceny of cordyceps by deception. The incident happened on the morning of July 27 when three men, all from Wangduephodrang who brought five kilograms of cordyceps were in an apartment in Langjophakh, Thimphu with a customer. According to their statements to police, the …

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As we prepare for election

Yesterday, August 1, marked the end of the second National Assembly (NA) since the first democratic parliamentary election in 2008. In a typically Bhutanese way, the Cabinet and the members of the Assembly offered zhabten and tashi moelam. It was a solemn occasion as the ministers and the MPs folded …

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“A Speaker has to know the law”

Kuensel’s Chief Reporter Tshering Palden caught up with the Speaker Jigme Zangpo for a conversation on his term in the Parliament and hereafter. Looking back over your five years in the Parliament, what were some of the accomplishments? Although this is the second parliament after introduction of parliamentary democracy, the …

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Speed gun to deter over-speeding along Kanglung-Trashigang highway

Over speeding is observed along the newly completed Trashigang-Kanglung highway

With the completion of the widening and blacktopping works at the Kanglung-Trashigang highway, over-speeding along the stretch is on the rise, according to officials from the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA). Officials said despite regular inspections and awareness programmes on traffic regulations, drink driving and over speeding are the …

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