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Labour pledges under-achieved

Although the Bhutan Civil Service Rule incorporated the extension of the maternity leave by three more months in 2016, most organisations in the private and corporate sector are yet to implement it. Through the Cabinet’s directives, the maternity leave programme was implemented in most of the state owned corporations. According …

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Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji is Swiss Honorary Consul

Swiss Ambassador Dr Andreas Baum hands over a shield to the Honorary Consul

Coinciding with the 727th national day celebrations of Switzerland, the office of the Honorary Consul of Switzerland was opened in Thimphu yesterday. Former minister Kinzang Dorji, who has been serving as the president of the Bhutan-Switzerland Society, was appointed the first Honorary Consul. The relationship between the two countries flourished …

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Has the foreign currency reserve improved?

Although the country saw an increase in total foreign currency reserve, the Opposition claims that convertible currency reserve (CC) declined by USD 200M today compared to that of 2013. The government claimed otherwise, indicating that both rupee and CC reserve increased. This could be attributed to ambiguous data. According to …

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Opposition disheartened by PM’s remarks

Members of the Opposition met with media personnel at the Convention Centre in Thimphu yesterday

Opposition Leader Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) has said that he was disheartened with the Prime Minister’s statement about the former ministers’ inability to vacate Ministers’ Enclave even after the completion of their tenure in 2013. Speaking at the Opposition’s last press conference yesterday in Thimphu, the opposition leader said, “We were …

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Commuters advised to use old Damchu-Chukha road

The road has been cleared for traffic

Although the Damchu-Chukha bypass roadblock below the Youth Development & Rehabilitation Centre (YDRC) in Tsimasham was cleared and vehicles were allowed to ply since yesterday morning, commuters were advised to use the old route from Dam site and Tsimasham to reach Chukha in the evening. Tsimasham police officials confirmed that …

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Gelephu and Tsirang hospitals inaugurated

Health minister Tandin Wangchuk inaugurates Gelephu Central Regional Referral Hospital yesterday

The new 150-bed Gelephu Central Regional Referral Hospital (GCRRH) was inaugurated yesterday. The much-awaited 40-bed Tsirang district hospital was also inaugurated yesterday. During the inaugural session, health minister Tandin Wangchuk said the two hospitals hold a major significance to the overall framework of the health system in the country. “Gelephu …

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Bhutan for Life Secretariat Office opened

The office is located at the WWF Bhutan office

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji launched the secretariat office for the Bhutan for Life project at the WWF Bhutan office yesterday. The secretariat office will manage the BFL fund, USD 43 million, that will permanently manage Bhutan’s protected areas. Bhutan for life was launched on November …

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LG budget allocation and salary pledge fulfilled

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pledged to revise the salary of local government (LG) officials and to provide an annual grant of Nu 2 million (M) to empower the gewogs. PDP said that the gewogs would have full discretion to use the grant for developmental projects or any other related …

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Fire safety measures in place in new Wamrong town

Some 25 fire hydrants are placed in the town to contain fire incidents in the future

Almost a decade after a fire incident gutted 12 shops and residential houses in Wamrong Trashigang, the town is a booming business hub today. Located about 81kms from Trashigang towards Samdrupjongkhar, the town initially started as motels for businessmen plying along the highway in the late 1980s. “There were no …

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Denchi town in Pemagatshel gets a fuel depot

The construction of the fuel depot started in April this year

Pemagatshel dzongdag, Phuntsho, inaugurated the fuel depot in Denchi on July 30. Bhutan Oil Corporation (BOC) constructed the oil depot worth Nu 8 million. The dzongdag said although there was BOC service at Kheri Goenpa, people travelled to Samdrupjongkhar, Nganglam, and Wamrong as the service at Kheri Goenpa was not …

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Address the housing issue

Shelter is one of the basic human needs. Despite accelerated socioeconomic development, the country has not been able to provide affordable housing to its people, especially in urban centres. It is estimated that about 5,000 Bhutanese are living across the border town in Jaigaon today. According to national housing development …

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World Ranger Day honours women rangers

The female foresters were gifted a Swiss knife each

“It’s never easy staying away from loved ones and wandering in the forests,” a ranger, Tshewang Lhamo, said. She was among the 100 or so women rangers gathered in Thimphu to mark the World Ranger Day yesterday. The day, themed ‘Stand with the World’s Rangers’, was aimed at recognising women …

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