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Experts to visit Thorthormi today

Confluence: The muddied Phochhu, after two subsidiary lakes breached on Thursday night, increasing the water volume, meets the Mochhu river at Punakha. (Photo: Tshering Palden)

The water level flowing out of Thorthormi lake in Lunana was normal as of yesterday night. However, the stability of the moraine walls surrounding the main lake is uncertain.The chief of hydrology and water resources division, Sangay Tenzin said this is because of the two subsidiary lakes that breached on the evening of June 20. There is erosion and an outflow from the subsidiary II lake, which could destablise the moraine dams of the main Thorthomi lake. 

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Electricity to substitute LPG import 

Members of Parliament can swap their subsidised LPG cylinders with non-subsidised ones at the parking lot of the National Assembly building today and on June 24. Economic affairs minister Loknath Sharma announced this yesterday during the deliberation on a motion to substitute the import of LPG with the use of electricity. Both the days, the parliament will have a joint sitting. 

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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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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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MHPA commissions first unit to generate 180MW

The Mangdechhu Hydro Project Authority commissions Unit 1 at the powerhouse to generate 180MW of electricity yesterday. Representatives from the monk body, economic affairs ministry, dzongkhag administration, local government and project attended the commissioning.

Following several delays, the Mangdechhu Hydro Project Authority (MHPA) yesterday commissioned a unit, which would produce 180 megawatt (MW) of electricity by this month.During the commissioning yesterday, Unit I generated 19.8MW electricity, which was supplied to the Indian grid.

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10 men charged for smuggling 52kg gold

The chase for gold smugglers from the northern borders has finally resulted in police seizing more than 77 kilogrammes (kg) of gold and arresting several men in the smuggling racket.Police handed over the case to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) who has charged 10 men, in Paro court on June 13, for smuggling 52kg of gold biscuits amounting to Nu 151.664 million into the country from northern border.

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Council to adopt pay revision Bill today

After deliberating the Pay Revision Bill for two days, the National Council’s ad hoc committee on the review of the Bill will table its final recommendations to the House today. The Council members raised about 26 questions on the pay revision to the finance minister who introduced the Bill to the house of review on June 11. 

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Finance minister accepts violation of entitlement Act

Hiking the salaries of National Assembly Speaker and Supreme Court Chief Justice above the National Council Chairperson, ministers and Opposition Leader clearly violates the Parliamentary entitlement Act, finance minister Namgay Tshering said while presenting the pay revision Bill to the National Council yesterday. He informed the council members that, as a proponent of the Bill he sought clarification before the Bill was passed. “But the National Assembly endorsed it with the support of majority,” he said.

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Boulder business resumes

Bangladesh bound: A boulder laden truck leaves Phuentsholing for Burimari yesterday evening

The boulder export business has resumed in Phuentsholing after a halt of almost three weeks.Business resumed after the trucks were allowed to carry more than the permissible weight as it did before the load restriction was implemented. Boulders were still exported from Samtse after the restriction but in low volumes.

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