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Private school owners cry foul 

Most private schools owners across the country who admitted class X students on government scholarship say the government did not keep its word on the fee structure and admission process. Proprietors and principals Kuensel talked to said that the government initially agreed to provide scholarship of Nu 30,000 for day scholar and Nu 50,000 for boarder students and then parents would top up the remaining fees depending on respective school’s fee structure.

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More LED bulbs to save energy

To save energy consumption and to increase revenue, renewable energy department will distribute energy-efficient LED bulbs from July this year. The department’s director, Mewang Gyeltshen, said that Nu 42 million(M) was approved in the 12th Plan to rollout the light emitting diodes throughout the country.

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Construction permits should be routed through LG

Following concerns raised on infrastructural development works and construction activities carried out in isolation, the works and human settlement ministry has notified that applying for construction permit should be routed through the local government. Department of engineering services’ director, Karma Dupchuk said dzongkhag administrations have raised concerns on construction activities carried out in isolation without permission.

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ICAO red-flags Bhutan over aviation safety oversight

The Paro international airport is one of the main gateways to Bhutan

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) after its validation mission in August last year has red-flagged Bhutan for lack of effective implementations, especially in the Air Navigation Services (ANS). ICAO red flags countries whose oversight over the aviation industry does not comply with international standards and issues significant safety concern (SSC). ICAO’s latest audited list of states show four red-flagged countries - Bhutan, Eritrea, Haiti and Kyrgyzstan.

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Loan repayment deferred for youth in Japan

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering

The government yesterday signed an executive order, providing a grace period to Bhutanese youth under the learn and earn programme in Japan, before they start paying back the loans. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, at the third meet the press yesterday said: “We have just passed an executive order deferring repayment of the loans. Until they get formally employed, they need not worry about the loan.”

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Under cutting is tourism sector’s bane, say tour operators 

The undercutting issue, that has plagued the tourism industry for the past decade, needs immediate redress according to the members of the industry. If the practice of undercutting is not stopped, they said, then tourism sector could never truly attain its vast potential to generate revenue for the country or accomplish the aspiration of becoming the largest contributor to the economy.

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Tourism should receive what it deserves: PM 

A two day conference to take tourism to the top opened in Thimphu yesterday

To assess where the country is lacking while promoting it as a tourist destination, the government will have a flagship programme on tourism, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said at the national tourism conference yesterday. “With this flagship programme, it is not just to talk about the industry, not just to promote ourselves but see where we are lacking,” Lyonchhen said.

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Windstorm damages structures in three dzongkhags

A windstorm-damaged house in Hungrel, Paro

A windstorm damaged more than 19 houses in Paro yesterday and the day before, forcing residents to take shelter with neighbours and relatives. According to reports compiled by the dzongkhag disaster management focal officer, Nagphel, roofs of 14 houses were blown off on February 25 and roofs of another five houses were blown off yesterday.

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Local brick manufacturers seek government’s intervention

Local manufacturers of concrete and hollow blocks may suffer a quick death with some business houses supplying imported Autoclaved Aerated concrete (AAC) blocks and setting up FDI to do so. This was the concern raised by some 31 local brick manufacturers who claim that they have been hit hard. About 11 representatives of local manufacturers met the Prime Minister yesterday and submitted their petition. The group also met with the works and human settlement minister a week ago.

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Making Economics an optional subject affects performance

Making Economics an optional subject is cited as one of the main reasons why students consistently perform poorly every year. Most teachers, Economics framework developers and subject officials Kuensel talked to shared that the Economics textbooks today are broad and have vast syllabus without relevant to the current scenario.

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Ten-fold increase in size of FDI inflow

The country recorded Nu 5.7B worth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in 2018 alone, recording a 10-fold increase from 2017. From seven projects in 2017 worth Nu 597M, FDI inflow in terms of the number of projects increased to 16 in 2018. This takes the total number of FDI projects in country to 73 as of 2018, an increase from 57 in 2017.

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