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Last session for National Council concludes

National Council members offer Trashi Moenlam to His Majesty The King at the concluding ceremony of their last session yesterday

Emotions ran high at the House of Review yesterday, as members reviewed their tenure on the concluding ceremony of their last session. As is the tradition, Chairperson Sonam Kinga placed the Trashi Khadar on His Majesty The King’s throne after the concluding prayer ceremony. Once he retreated, he let out …

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Ministries top unresolved irregularities

As of September this year, a total of Nu 796.2M remain unresolved, finds PAC To minimise the misuse of funds, the local governments or gewogs have to deposit the revenue collected from the public in the official account, the joint sitting of the Parliament decided on December 5. This was …

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Thorthormi glacier recedes by 1.2kms in last 16 years

At the current receding rate, the glacier is estimated to completely melt in 50 years The Thorthomi glacier has receded by 1.2kms in the last 16 years, according to a research by a volunteer expert with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Jun Saito. Jun Saito teaches researchers to use Quantum …

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Civil service examination results declared

With 75.79 percent, Phurpa Tshering, a B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from IMS Unison University, India topped the General Category of the Bhutan Civil Service Examination, 2017, the Royal Civil Service Commission declared today. Jamyang Chophel, also a B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from IMS Unison University, India …

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NA endorses Tourism Levy Exemption Bill

The National Assembly rejected the Council’s objections through a show of hands

Rejects Council’s objections The National Assembly yesterday rejected the National Council’s resolution that asked the government to scrap the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill 2017, which waives off royalty of USD 65 a day per tourist visiting eastern dzongkhags. In a show of hands, 30 MPs, mostly from the ruling party, …

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NC criticises royalty waiver

The Tourism Levy Exemption Bill 2017 received little support and more criticisms from the National Council on December 2 when finance minister Lyonpo Namgay Dorji introduced the bill. More than half the members present in the House raised concerns and queries on the bill, which proposes to waive off royalty …

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Govt. will look for new ways to incentivise specialists: PM

JDWNRH officials propose granting full autonomy to the hospital as a way forward Although the Parliament has decided to stop the corporatisation of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), the committee that was constituted to study the proposal will continue and submit a report to the cabinet, Prime Minister …

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National Council split on empowering BNCA board

National Council (NC) was divided on National Assembly’s (NA) decision to empower the Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority (BNCA) board to update the lists of banned substances. The NC was deliberating  the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill 2017 (NDPSSAA) yesterday. NC’s social and cultural affairs committee (SCAC) …

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Opposition questions royalty waiver again

T he royalty waiver for tourists vising the six eastern dzongkhags will undermine the ‘high value low impact’ policy, according to the opposition members. At the National Assembly yesterday during the third reading of the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan, 2017, opposition members said that the waiver overlooks the …

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Govt. spent Nu 27M to treat alcohol related diseases

Economic burden of alcohol abuse in Bhutan could amount to Nu 6B a year, finds study The health ministry spent about Nu 27 million (M) to treat alcohol related diseases in the country last year, up by a million from 2015. Alcohol abuse is a major public health issue and …

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