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Hydropower projects swamp 11th Plan targets

The average GDP growth rate in the first four years of the 11th plan was 6 percent. Targeted growth rate was 10 percent. The economy grew from Nu 105B in 2013 to Nu 148B in 2016, and is estimated to reach Nu 183B this year. According to the 11th Plan …

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His Majesty graces Palden Lhamoi lhakhang’s consecration

His Majesty The King graced the consecration ceremony of a new Palden Lhamoi Lhakhang in Tenchey village, Lunana, Gasa yesterday. The consecration prayers were presided over by the Dorji Lopen of the Zhung Dratshang. The lhakhang was built after restoring an old derelict village house, in accordance with His Majesty’s …

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Education ministry proposes changes in IWP for teachers

Education ministry has come up with proposals and recommendations concerning IWP for teachers after the completion of the review of Individual Work Plan (IWP) for teachers. The proposal and recommendations include changes in weightage of the six IWP domains, using the existing evidences for documentation, and changing the ranking system. …

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Income gap widens in 11th Plan

Despite the progress the country achieved in reducing poverty, income inequality has not only widened but also remained stubborn since 2007. In terms of the Gini coefficient, inequality declined from 0.42 in 2003 to 0.35 in 2007 but increased slightly to 0.36 in 2012. In 2017, it increased to 0.38. …

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Concerns raised on ERB not earning interest

With environment restoration bond (ERB) worth Nu 200 million lying in banks without earning an interest, representatives from the mining companies raised concerns that the deposit is only benefiting the banks.  The issue was raised on June 19 at a meeting in Thimphu between representatives from mining promoters and industries, National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS), Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), and labour ministry. 

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BHUTAN-1 leaves for space

Officials and guests watch the launch live

Bhutan’s first satellite, CubeSat BHUTAN-1, left earth for the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday afternoon. Information and communications minister, secretary and officials watched in excitement the launch that was broadcast live on YouTube and NASA television.

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The state of the nation

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay presents the state of the nation report to the Parliament yesterday

In a move away from the regular annual state of the nation report, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay reported to the joint session of the Parliament the progress that his government made in the 11th Plan. Lyonchhen said that sovereignty and security of the nation has been strengthened with neighbouring countries, …

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27 new HIV+ cases detected

Between November 2017 and June this year, 27 new Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive cases were detected in the country – a 15 females and 12 males. The total number of HIV cases detected since 1993 in the country today stands at 597. The country today has 452 people living …

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