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MHPA tariff agreed at Nu 4.12 per unit

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering called on the President of India Ram Nath Kovind on the final day of the three-day state visit to India on December 29

Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering’s three-day state-visit to India last week resulted in India’s commitment of Nu 45 billion and an agreement on the Mangdechhu hydropower plant tariff at Nu 4.12 per unit. Lyonchhen said it was a fruitful visit and that his delegation returned with the expected outcomes.

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Northern East-West Highway widening works still incomplete

Widening works on the Northern East-West Highway, which was to have been completed by the end of 2017, is still under progress and not likely to complete soon. Although the works and human settlement minister, Dorji Tshering, during the December 28 Friday meet, assured that except for one contractor, the widening …

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BEO must refund Nu 3.832M to students: ACC

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has asked the labour ministry to compel Bhutan Employment Overseas (BEO) to refund translation fees amounting to Nu 3.832 million (M) to the 511 students sent to Japan through the “learn and earn” programme. During the investigation, a report of which was released recently, the ACC concluded …

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DAHE working on contract employment for NFE instructors

The education ministry’s Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) is working on contract employment for non-formal education instructors’ (NFE) across the country. This was announced at the recent 19th national education conference in Phuentsholing. The issue of regularising NFE instructors was brought to the discussion when a participating education officer questioned about it. …

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The overseas employment conundrum

Following more than a year of speculations and allegations in the overseas programme for India and Japan, the ACC’s investigation has shed some light on corrupt practices that were executed under the veneer of addressing unemployment. It has implicated the former labour minister, the incumbent director general of the department …

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Decline in the budget an opportunity: Agriculture Minister

Total of Nu 3.05 billion budget has been allocated for the ministry of agriculture and forest agency in the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP), which is a decline from the total budget outlay of Nu 9.45 billion proposed by the ministry. The budget allocation for the sector has been declining …

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It is my responsibility to seek fund: Agriculture Minister

Stray dog population and rabies control programme was to be included as special national programme. It is now not because there is shortage of budget besides other issues to contend with. Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjor said this in response to how the government was going to address the issue of …

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KHEL starts constructing colony in Doksum

The first phase of the construction that began towards the end of November is expected to be competed by 2020 

The first phase of Kholongchu Hydro Energy Limited (KHEL) colony in Doksum, Trashiyangtse, has begun. Although there are no signs of any major civil works, the commencement of the colony’s construction is one of the latest developments at the project since it began the pre-construction works in September 2015. The …

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There may be medals to count but association is struggling

The number of participants increases by threefold this year

For ten-year-old Karateka, Kuenyang Yigsel from Paro, practice and constant hard work is all that matters to do well. Kuenyang Yigsel recently won two gold at the national karate championship in Thimphu. She has won seven medals from international and national karate championships in the last two years. “I feel …

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Bhutan Employment Overseas was illegally licensed: ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has called for the cancellation of trade licence of Bhutan Employment Overseas (BEO), the agent for the controversial overseas employment programme in Japan. The commission’s investigation report has implicated former labour minister, Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, director general (DG) of the department of employment and human resources, …

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Class X cut-off point stays

The national education conference in Phuentsholing decided not to do away with the Class X cut off point but to include a fourth stream for classes XI and XII from 2020 academic session. The fourth stream would be Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) streams, which would be equivalent …

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