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Timber demand exerts pressure on forests

With increasing number of constructions across the country, records with the forestry department show a rising demand for timber over the years exerting more pressure on the state forests. In the 11th Plan, an average of 10.89 million cubic feet (Cft) of timber were supplied every year. Of that, 7.88 million Cft were from the state reserve forest, 2.29 from the forest management units, 0.17 from wildlife sanctuaries, 0.11 from community forests, 0.03 from private forests, and another 0.42 from registered private forests.

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681 PSL loan applications received

While applicants in the dzongkhags are waiting for the banks to release the loans, the priority sector-lending scheme (PSL) is gaining momentum, the second quarter report of the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) claims. A total of 681 applications were received, as of June end, of which 78 percent were agriculture …

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DPT on a mission to woo the south

Pema Gyamtsho campaigns in Dagana

After confirming its candidates, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) kicked off its campaign for the general election meeting with the business representatives in Thimphu on September 22. The following day, the party president Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) sought blessings from the Machhen Lhakhang in Punakha dzong and headed to campaign in Dagana. …

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DNT focuses on east to narrow the gap

DNT holds a press conference to announce its campaign launch for the general round

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) would start its campaign for the general round of third National Assembly elections from either Nganglam in Pemagatshel or Bartsham-Shongphu in Trashigang. “At the outset of this campaign, we would like to state an honest hope and wish to pursue a strategy that is not driven …

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DPT enters general round with existing 47 candidates

Amid speculations about its strategy for the general election, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has confirmed that the party has no plans to replace its candidates to contest in the general round next month. DPT spokesperson Dorji Wangdi told Kuensel the party has already instructed all the existing 47 candidates to file in their nomination with the respective returning officer. “We have asked our candidates to remain in their constituency to file in their nomination,” he said.

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