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Cabinet to make changes to pay commission report: Foreign Minister 

The Cabinet will make substantial changes to the fourth Pay Commission’s report to align with its motto of narrowing the gap, foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji told Kuensel yesterday. However, the foreign minister, who is also the government’s spokesperson, said that changes would be made within the Pay Commission’s recommendations and the scope of the budget.

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Bhutan’s press freedom improves

Bhutan’s press freedom ranking climbed by 14 places this year according to the 2019 World Press Freedom index. Bhutan ranked 80th out of 180 countries with a score of 29.81 out of a possible 100, a higher score being worse. In 2017, Bhutan was ranked 94th that brought in controversy …

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Vajrayana conference begins at Zhichenkhar

More than 100 participants attend the inaugural ceremony of the third international Vajrayana Conference at the Zhichenkhar, Langjophakha yesterday evening

The third international Vajrayāna conference began yesterday evening at the new library of the Mind, Body and Sound at Langjophakha in Thimphu. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Techniques in Vajrayāna Buddhism.’ Organised by the Centre for Bhutan and GNH Studies and the Central Monastic Body, the conference has brought …

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Second motorable bridge over Omchhu opens

Thrompon Uttar Kumar Rai and senior country coordinator, Bhutan Resident Mission, ADB Thimphu, Tshewang Norbu opens the bridge for traffic

The 46.8ms pre-stressed concrete box girder bridge over Omchhu in Phuentsholing opened to traffic on April 17. The bridge near the confluence with Torsa is the second motorable bridge over Omchhu. The much-awaited bridge is expected to complement the SASEC Project’s northern bypass road and ease congestion in the commercial hub. Phuentsholing …

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PC recommends SDF on regional tourists

The fourth pay commission report recommended introducing sustainable development fee (SDF) on regional tourists. Currently, regional tourists do not require permit fee to enter Bhutan. The report states that in view of the increasing number of tourist arrivals from the region, there is an opportunity to introduce SDF on regional …

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Bajo Lhakhang was converted to a Shedra on April 17. His Eminence Vairotsana Rinpoche Ngawang Jigme Jigten Wangchuck inaugurated the shedra. Eleven students previously at the shedra at Rada Lhakhang are to begin their studies at the new shedra. Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Her Royal …

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Ossey bypass opening deferred to mid-May

DoR plans to open the bypass before monsoon

The bypass road in Ossey, Sarpang, which was expected to open to traffic towards the end of this month, is likely to open only by mid of May. Department of Roads (DoR) officials say large boulders and steep height for cutting has hampered the work progress at the site. To …

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Wangling village in need of an irrigation canal

The residents of Wangling in Langthel gewog are worried if they would be able to cultivate paddy this year. The farmers were forced to leave more than 70 acres of land fallow last year, after a flood washed away the only irrigation canal. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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ECCD opens in Lungo village

UNICEF Bhutan Representative, Rudolf Schwenk welcomes the children at the ECCD

On April 10, Lungo one of the mostremote settlementsin Bhutan opened its early childhood care and development (ECCD) centre. UNICEF and the Ministry of Education inaugurated the centre for more than 15 children of the nomads. “This is the first time that an ECCD has been set-up at such a remote community …

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His Majesty The King granted dhar to appoint the new Chairperson and Commissioners of the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) yesterday.   Former RCSC commissioner Karma Hamu Dorjee is the new Chairperson (centre). From left – Commissioners chief human resource officer of labour ministry Ugyen Tshewang (PhD), former director of …

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GDP growth slips for the second time: ADB

While the South Asian region is projected to emerge as the fastest growing region in the world, Bhutan’s economic growth projection is trailing behind the regional average. The country’s economic growth slipped for the second time as the construction of hydropower projects slowed and electric power production declined, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) outlook.

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ACC implicates Mongar DT thrizin for fraud 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has found Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu thrizin and Tsakaling gup, Karma Sonam Wangchuk allegedly involved in fraud and corruption worth Nu 3.545 million. The commission’s investigation found that M/s Dhenzang Hiring Firm, which belongs to the gup’s wife had fraudulently claimed public fund to the extent of …

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