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Informal lodging facilities encourage undercutting, says TCB

The ethics and principles of tour operators are questioned as issues of rampant undercutting and selling Bhutan at cheap tour packages surface.The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) issued two notifications recently, cautioning tour operators not to offer cheap tour packages, claiming that there are ex-country tour operators, companies or individuals in partnership with Bhutanese partners engaging in the unethical business. 

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Don’t take the pay raise: DNT tells its MPs

In what is a reminder of the party’s motto of Narrowing the Gap, founding members and candidates of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) recently wrote to all its elected members, including the prime minister and ministers, suggesting them not to take the pay raise.The party office decided to send the letter on April 19 after a review of the Fourth Pay Commission report.

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Pay revision not the means to narrow the gap: PM

Civil servants at the lower rung may get more than what the fourth Pay Commission has recommended. At the 5th Meet the Press on April 26, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the proposed percentage of raise in general was acceptable. The government, he said, could make only limited changes to the report. 

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452 graduate from KGUMSB

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen grace the first convocation of Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan at the RIM hall in Simtokha yesterday

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the first convocation ceremony of Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan‘s (KGUMSB) 452 graduates in Thimphu yesterday.

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Pyramid schemes lure thousands 

Sometime in January this year, Pema, 46, learnt about an online scheme from her friend. The scheme, called Oriens dealt in health supplements and was told that she could learn more about it by joining a group on WeChat. The mother of four cannot read but an official from Oriens briefed her that they had the government’s approval for the scheme. She was asked to deposit Nu 6,000 into a bank account for which some health supplements would be provided. Pema is then askåd to add more members to the group. She earns Nu 405 for each new member she adds. The group of four is promised a group bonus of Nu 572.

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More than 200 Bhutanese wait to occupy allotted housing

Incomplete: Works are still on to construct the affordable housing units in Phuentsholing

More than 200 Bhutanese living across the border who were allotted affordable housing units in December last year, are still waiting to move into their new flats. Officials from National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL) had said the flats would be ready for occupancy by February this year.

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Their Majesties offer prayers for Sri Lanka

On behalf of the people of Bhutan, His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen yesterday offered prayers at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong, and offered a thousand butterlamps, in memory of those who lost their lives in a series of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. The Prime Minister and government officials also joined in the prayer ceremony.

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Nationalisation of mines needs a broader perspective: PM

With its 15 years mining lease ending on December 31 this year, the trading of Druk Satair Corporation Limited (DSCL) shares in the secondary market was suspended since January this year until further notice. The company also completed buying back 25 percent of the total paid up capital from its shareholders at Nu 80 a share, against the market price of Nu 34, beginning this month.

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No transfer, no salary

To ensure that transferred health professionals leave to their new workplace, the health ministry’s human resource committee had written to the medical superintendent of JDWNRH and the dzongkhags to stop payment of salary to health personnel who are not relieved with immediate effect. The April 11 letter stated that as mandated by section 14.7.5 of the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2018, civil servants who are transferred should be relieved within 30 days from the date issue of the transfer order. Health professionals are civil servants.

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Cabinet to make changes to pay commission report: Foreign Minister 

The Cabinet will make substantial changes to the fourth Pay Commission’s report to align with its motto of narrowing the gap, foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji told Kuensel yesterday. However, the foreign minister, who is also the government’s spokesperson, said that changes would be made within the Pay Commission’s recommendations and the scope of the budget.

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GDP growth slips for the second time: ADB

While the South Asian region is projected to emerge as the fastest growing region in the world, Bhutan’s economic growth projection is trailing behind the regional average. The country’s economic growth slipped for the second time as the construction of hydropower projects slowed and electric power production declined, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) outlook.

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