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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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Teacher attrition highest in 2017

With 345 teachers leaving the profession, 2017 recorded the highest attrition rate in the last decade. According to the 2017 annual education statistics, 2,346 public school teachers have left the profession. The least was in 2008 with 102 teachers. It also stated that 1,467 teachers left the profession on voluntary …

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Health trust fund doubles to Nu 3.3B

Move for health special lottery earns Nu 38M

Govt announced the availability of radiation therapy at the JDWNRH and a plan to start a cancer centre About 15 cancer patients availed radiation therapy service at the national referral hospital in Thimphu since the service began last month. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay made this announcement during an event to …

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Chukha export tariff revised by 30 Cheltrum a unit

Resulting in an increase of Nu 482.1M in revenue The export price of Chukha’s power has been revised by 30 Cheltrum a unit, following a meeting between Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Advantage Assam Investors Summit in Guwahati on February 3. …

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His Majesty in Samtse

His Majesty offered a Shiva statue at the Samtse Tashichhoeling Shiva Mandir on January 30. The 35-year-old Mandir is considered to be one of the oldest Shiva Mandirs in the country. After granting land kidu to the people of Samtse on January 29, His Majesty is on a tour of …

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Customers want uninterrupted sand supply

Claim that the fear of shortage has led to hoarding After truckers, customers are now complaining that the new sand supply system that the Natural Resources Development Corporation Limited (NRDCL) initiated has to be client-friendly. The need to benefit the customers was highlighted during a meeting between the Natural Resources …

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BHUTAN-1 expected to be in space by May

Bhutanese engineers, who are spearheading the country’s first venture into space technology work on the CubeSat, a nano-satellite, which is expected to be launched in May. (Photo - Kiran Kumar Pradhan)

By May this year, Bhutan’s first satellite called BHUTAN-1, a CubeSat (nano-satellite) is expected to be in space. Almost 90 percent of the works on the satellite has been completed. Four Bhutanese engineers are spearheading the country’s first venture into space technology at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KyuTech) in …

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