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Unraveling the knotty issue of maternity leave

BCSR: There is a strong speculation that the Cabinet will endorse the proposed six-month paid maternity leave and flexi-time for civil servants as it was the government’s pledge. The Royal Civil Service Commission studied the possibility and recommended the same.

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The origins of GNH

Former FT journalist recalls first extended interview with His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on the subject 

Conference:  When Bhutan’s modernization began in the 1970s, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo began to make public pronouncements about happiness, contentment, and wellbeing.

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91.2 % of Bhutanese are happy: GNH survey

Happiness level decreased in areas like psychological wellbeing, community, and driglam namzha 

Survey: The provisional findings of the latest Gross National Happiness (GNH) survey show that 91.2 percent of Bhutanese are happy, it was revealed at the opening of the International GNH conference in Paro, yesterday.

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Nikachhu strikes INR 3.53B deal with Indian Banks

The project is financed on a 65:35 debt to equity ratio with ADB financing USD 120M

Hydropower: With the signing of 12 agreements, a financial deal of INR 3.53B for the 118 MW Nikachhu Hydropower project was struck between the Tangsibji Hydro Energy Limited (THyE) in Trongsa, a special purpose vehicle to implement the project, and a consortium of Indian Banks last evening.

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High Court convicts Chang Ugyen

The defendant was sentenced to a non-compoundable prison term of three years 

Verdict: In a packed courtroom of law students and observers, the High Court’s bench I yesterday partially reversed the trial court’s verdict and sentenced former royal advisory councilor to three years non-compoundable prison term.

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The challenges of maintaining traditional architecture

The issue was discussed during a panel discussion held this week in Thimphu

Infrastructure: Issues related to meeting traditional architectural requirements vis-a-vis contemporary building materials and methods, which seek to minimize building costs, were raised in a panel discussion organized by Helvetas on Tuesday.

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High Court convicts three in Lhakhang Karpo case

The appeal court overturned the lower court’s verdict and allowed the defendants to pay thrimthue

Verdict: Reversing the Haa dzongkhag court’s ruling, the High Court’s Bench II on October 27 convicted former project manager of Lhakhang Karpo conservation project to a year imprisonment for waiving off woola (labour contribution) for his relatives and neighbours.

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Re-export of fuel on the rise

The trend is attributed to Indian vehicles fuelling at the border towns 

Fuel: The increasing number of vehicles imported may have fueled the fuel imports, but nearly 20 percent of petrol and 6.5 percent of diesel on average were re-exported in the last five years.

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