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Assembly passes pay revision Bill 

In passing the pay revision Bill, the Assembly yesterday endorsed 12 of the 19 recommendations the National Council provided on the pay revision Bill while rejecting the proposal of 13 percent pay hike for the Chief Justice of Supreme Court and the Speaker.The economic and finance committee of the Assembly initially proposed a 13 percent hike for the two posts to distinguish the head of three branches of the government. The proposal was endorsed but later found in contravention of the Parliamentary entitlement Act.

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Council questions Assembly’s resolution on SOEs

Eminent member Phuntsho Rapten

Reviewing annual budget proposals of state owned enterprises (SOEs) by the parliament may not be in conformity with existing laws, two eminent members of the National Council (NC) said yesterday. The resolution, which empowers the National Assembly’s economic and finance committee to review annual budget proposals of all SOEs, either …

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EU commits additional 7.3 million Euros 

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2019 European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels on June 18

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering commended the European Union for bringing together international partners to address the issue of inequalities at the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels, a press release from the Bhutan embassy in Brussels states. Lyonchhen is attending the two-day EDD on the invitation of President of the …

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The pay revision and the lessons

It is final. The pay revision promised is now on its way. The revision will come into effect from July even if the excitement is fast on the wane. The National Council scrutinised the proposal that was submitted as a money Bill, made recommendations and pointed out lapses. The Assembly …

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Courts to institutionalise mediation services 

The six-day standard training on Court-Annexed Mediation is underway in Paro

To enhance access to justice and offer alternative to adversarial litigations to the litigants, the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) and the judiciary are in the process of institutionalising a Court-Annexed Mediation (CAM) service within the court system across the country. Once in place, the in-house judicial mediation of disputes …

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TCB cautions tour operators on delayed payments

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) on June 15 issued a notification cautioning the tour operators to clear pending bills to hoteliers and related service providers in the industry. The notification stated that the council had received increasing complaints from hoteliers about delays and payment defaults. The council recorded complaints …

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Final deadline for workshop owners to relocate

The industrial service centre in Gelephu spreads across some 111.5 acres of land

Automobile workshop owners along the Gelephu-Zhemgang have been asked to relocate to the newly-developed industrial service centre (ISC) by September this year. The thromde administration has extended the deadline after most of the owners failed to move out by December last year. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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174M Yen project for scholarships in Japan 

Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu and Ambassador V Namgyel

Bhutan’s Ambassador to Japan V Namgyel and Japan’s Ambassador to Bhutan, Kenji Hiramatsu signed the Exchange of Notes for the “Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship” yesterday in New Delhi, India. A press release from the Bhutan Embassy in New Delhi states that through this project worth 174 million Yen, …

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Contractor convicted for larceny of tender document

Trongsa dzongkhag court sentenced a petty contractor to a year in prison for larceny of tender document. The court, on June 14, convicted Nimala from Trashiyangtse after he stole tender documents of Norlha Construction proprietor Sangay Rinchen in February 2017 while bidding for a farm road construction in Mikachen in …

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Ginger fetches good prices

Ginger: packed and ready for export across the border

Ginger price in Phuentsholing has picked up this season after remaining stagnant for more than two years. A kilogram (kg) of ginger fetches about Nu 80-85 in the market today. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Picture story

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen offered prayers at the Tashichhodzong on Duechen Nga Zom or the Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana on June 17. Namgay Tongchoe prayers are being held at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong, presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo. Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana, falls on …

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NA calls for an Education Act 

An initiative of the National Assembly to add variety to its regular agenda and table other national issues came under intense scrutiny as members debated if the House should pass a resolution on the recommendations. Chairperson of the Social and Cultural Committee and Maenbi-Tsenkher MP, Choki Gyeltshen, presented its report …

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