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The year that was

When we look back to the year gone by, Bhutanese will remember the year of the rooster for the country’s diplomacy. Peace prevailed amid geo-political tensions in the neighbourhood and Bhutan, under the guidance of its leaders, remained unscathed. His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal …

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National Council poll day on April 20

The nation will head to the polls on April 20 for the third National Council (NC) elections. Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) announced the date to put the election process in motion in obedience to the Royal Decree issued yesterday calling elections in pursuance of Section 191 of the Election …

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GST issues for Bhutan to be resolved with urgency

GST commissioner of India, Upender Gupta presents an overview of GST

Assured a high level delegation from India  The Indian government is undertaking a project to enhance and install infrastructures related to trade and customs along the northeast frontier including trading points with Bhutan. The commissioner of GST, who is behind the GST legislation and policy, Upender Gupta is in the …

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OAG asks trade dept. to penalise loan promoters in Tsirang

PM asked the OAG to investigate into the alleged loan scam The Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) investigation into the alleged loan scam in Tsirang found that the two People’s Democratic Party (PDP) workers violated trade rules in offering their services to obtain loans from REDCL. The promoters did …

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Don’t threaten, take us to court: Govt.

The government has asked the finance ministry to compile the details of fiscal incentives granted to business firms since 2008 so that they can be released for public review. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said this yesterday at a press conference in response to the Opposition’s demand that the latter wanted …

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MoE ranks nation’s top schools

Nine Central Schools are among the top 10 performing schools in class X and XII levels in 2017. Ugyen Academy and Lhuentse Higher Secondary School (HSS) topped the list at both levels. This is according to the education monitoring division’s annual rankings of schools released on February 10. Scorecards were …

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Light rain/snow in next 36 hours

The National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology has issued an advisory today forecasting light rain/snowfall over higher altitude regions of Central (Bumthang and Trongsa), Northern (Gasa), and Western (Haa, Paro and Thimphu), parts of the country in the next 36 hours.

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Priority Sector Lending Scheme stuck at dzongkhag level

The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) accepted that it had overlooked the thromdes when it was forming committees for Priority Sector Lending Scheme (PSL) for the dzongkhags. They realised this after receiving a majority of  inquiries on cottage and small industry (CSI) from proponents in  thromdes. The RMA is working on …

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MoE proposes new targets for three APA targets

At the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) mid-year review February 7, education secretary Karma Yeshey requested Prime Minister to drop the pretest-3 for PISA-D as a success indicator. Karma Yeshey explained that the ministry received the first orientation on PISA-D test administration only during the National Project Manager’s Meeting in New …

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Hydropower projects’ progress hamper MoEA’s performance

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay chairs the mid-term review of 10 ministries and JDWNRH in Thimphu yesterday

Assessing the ministry’s performance based on this is unfair, say officials As it has no authority over the project management, assessing the ministry of economic affairs’ performance based on the progress of construction hydropower projects is unfair, according to officials. The secretary, Dasho Yeshey Wangdi and director general of hydropower …

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