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Bhutan’s population projected at 883,866 by 2047

Bhutan could be plagued by steep fertility decline for the next three decades unless some interventions are in place, according to population projections the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) released yesterday. The total fertility rate has declined from 2.5 in 2005 to 1.7 children per woman during her reproductive age in 2017.

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Govt. to focus on target groups for poverty eradication

One of the parameters for poverty reduction is through quality health care service

As part of its policy to eradicate poverty in the 12th Plan, the government will identify target groups of poor and vulnerable people and implement need based interventions to increase their ability to earn income and improve their overall standard of living. Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji said this during the deliberation on the 12th Plan in the National Assembly yesterday.

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GDP target not ambitious: Opposition

In principle, the 12th Plan is the nation’s last script of Bhutan’s development journey as least developed country (LDC). However, it is not a formula to transform the country dramatically overnight. This was the message from the government as the members of the Opposition Party lobbied for an ambitious target on economic growth, youth unemployment and on poverty alleviation.

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Govt. may defer loan repayment for youth in Japan 

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said it has to be studied if all 700 Bhutanese youth sent to Japan through the “learn and earn” programme were facing the kind of problems that have been reported in the media. Lyonchhen was responding to a question from Dewathang-Gomdar MP Ugyen Dorji in the National Assembly yesterday on what measures the government would put in place to ensure that Bhutanese youth working and studying abroad do not face problems.

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Narrowing the poverty gap in the 12th Plan

The One Gewog One Product programme is identified as one of the two flagship programmes to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality in the 12th Plan. Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s Narrowing the Gap pledge or eradicating poverty and reducing inequality is one of the 17 national key result areas in the 12th Plan endorsed by the GNHC last month.

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PI completion could take five more years

Workers at the dam site

Looking down from the Wangdue-Tsirang highway, men in hard helmets and heavy earth moving machines look tiny as they excavate earth on the right bank of the diverted Punatsangchhu. They are digging for the foundation of the dam of the Punatsangchhu I hydroelectric project (PI). Engineers, explaining the status of the construction, said a solution has been found to the sliding that delayed works.

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MHPA tariff agreed at Nu 4.12 per unit

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering called on the President of India Ram Nath Kovind on the final day of the three-day state visit to India on December 29

Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering’s three-day state-visit to India last week resulted in India’s commitment of Nu 45 billion and an agreement on the Mangdechhu hydropower plant tariff at Nu 4.12 per unit. Lyonchhen said it was a fruitful visit and that his delegation returned with the expected outcomes.

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