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Concerns raised on ERB not earning interest

With environment restoration bond (ERB) worth Nu 200 million lying in banks without earning an interest, representatives from the mining companies raised concerns that the deposit is only benefiting the banks.  The issue was raised on June 19 at a meeting in Thimphu between representatives from mining promoters and industries, National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS), Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), and labour ministry. 

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BHUTAN-1 leaves for space

Officials and guests watch the launch live

Bhutan’s first satellite, CubeSat BHUTAN-1, left earth for the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday afternoon. Information and communications minister, secretary and officials watched in excitement the launch that was broadcast live on YouTube and NASA television.

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The state of the nation

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay presents the state of the nation report to the Parliament yesterday

In a move away from the regular annual state of the nation report, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay reported to the joint session of the Parliament the progress that his government made in the 11th Plan. Lyonchhen said that sovereignty and security of the nation has been strengthened with neighbouring countries, …

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27 new HIV+ cases detected

Between November 2017 and June this year, 27 new Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive cases were detected in the country – a 15 females and 12 males. The total number of HIV cases detected since 1993 in the country today stands at 597. The country today has 452 people living …

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Homes with poor sanitation facilities highest in Thimphu, Samtse and Chukha

The three most populated dzongkhags, Thimphu, Samtse and Chukha also have the highest number of households with poor sanitation facilities. The Population and Housing Census of Bhutan 2017, show that at least two percent of households across the country do not have a toilet facility. This scenario is more prominent in rural (3 percent) than in urban areas (0.4 percent).

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His Majesty graces 13th RUB Convocation

His Majesty graces 13th RUB Convocation

His Majesty The King graced the 13th convocation of the Royal University of Bhutan, and addressed over 2,100 graduates attending the ceremony yesterday in Thimphu. The graduates are from the College of Natural Resources, College of Science and Technology, Gaeddu College of Business Studies, College of Language and Culture Studies, …

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DHI and Co. contribute Nu 6.3B to govt. coffer

Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) and its subsidiaries have contributed more than 30 percent of the total domestic revenue of the country in the last fiscal year through taxes and dividend. During the annual press conference yesterday, chief executive officer of DHI, Dasho Karma Yezer Raydi said that this year …

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Audit finds major flaws in travel claims

The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has uncovered civil servants making table tours or fictitious tours during its review of in-country travel by civil servants. The RAA audited travel and daily allowance claims of civil servants in the agriculture ministry, Paro, Punakha, and Thimphu dzongkhags during the financial year 2016-17. It …

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