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Council to adopt pay revision Bill today

After deliberating the Pay Revision Bill for two days, the National Council’s ad hoc committee on the review of the Bill will table its final recommendations to the House today. The Council members raised about 26 questions on the pay revision to the finance minister who introduced the Bill to the house of review on June 11. 

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Finance minister accepts violation of entitlement Act

Hiking the salaries of National Assembly Speaker and Supreme Court Chief Justice above the National Council Chairperson, ministers and Opposition Leader clearly violates the Parliamentary entitlement Act, finance minister Namgay Tshering said while presenting the pay revision Bill to the National Council yesterday. He informed the council members that, as a proponent of the Bill he sought clarification before the Bill was passed. “But the National Assembly endorsed it with the support of majority,” he said.

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Boulder business resumes

Bangladesh bound: A boulder laden truck leaves Phuentsholing for Burimari yesterday evening

The boulder export business has resumed in Phuentsholing after a halt of almost three weeks.Business resumed after the trucks were allowed to carry more than the permissible weight as it did before the load restriction was implemented. Boulders were still exported from Samtse after the restriction but in low volumes.

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Boulder business hits rock bottom in Gelephu

  Trucks laden with boulders have remained stuck in Gelephu for the past 15 days 

Hundreds of trucks have been lying ideal for about 15 days, as boulder export business in Gelephu has come to a standstill. Gelephu opened its gates to export of boulders to Bangladesh in November last year. The business flourished in its initial days as exporters swarmed the Moa Khola to collect stones and boulders.  

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Tent collapses in Tencholing

Strong winds collapsed a tent pitched for the moenlam chenmo at the Tencholing Training Centre ground in Wangdue today afternoon. The tent collapsed on the devotees around 1pm, just as the session was about to resume after lunch. Several devotees were reportedly injured and taken to Bajo hospital. More than a thousand devotees are attending the moenlam chenmo.

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Highland development programme flagged down

Supply of yaks and sheep was a part of the flagship programme

Gups of Soe, Naro, and Lingshi were disappointed when the officials from Local Development Division (LDD) of Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) said that there was no flagship programme for highlanders.Lingshi Gup, Wangdi, raised various issues highlanders were facing at Thimphu’s dzongkhag tshogdu yesterday.

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Kawang gewog wants its wetland converted

With Thimphu  getting crowded and the city expanding both towards north and south, planners decided to prepare a local area plan for Kabesa, in north Thimphu.It was a decade ago when the idea was conceived. Yesterday, at the Thimphu dzongkhag tshodgu, representatives of Kawang gewog where Kabesa is located, was questioning the progress.

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Bus accident claims eight lives

Relatives of passengers who died in the Wangdue bus accident wait to claim the bodies at Bajo hospital on May 4

The last missing passenger of the Thimphu-Tsirang bus accident on May 4 was found yesterday evening. There were 24 passengers on board. Her husband, who was also a passenger, identified the body of the 26-year-old woman.

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Country alerted on cyclone Fani impact

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has alerted disaster management and rescue officials to keep rescue and search equipment ready for possible disaster in the wake of a cyclone warning.Yang Dorji from the Preparedness and Response Division, DDM, said that there was no need for people to panic and that all the dzongkhag and gewog disaster management bodies were alerted.

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