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With some schools in Gelephu completing their midterm examinations, summer vacation has begun for students (Photo: Younten Tshedup)

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Electricity to substitute LPG import 

Members of Parliament can swap their subsidised LPG cylinders with non-subsidised ones at the parking lot of the National Assembly building today and on June 24. Economic affairs minister Loknath Sharma announced this yesterday during the deliberation on a motion to substitute the import of LPG with the use of electricity. Both the days, the parliament will have a joint sitting. 

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Council passes three Bills and policy recommendations  

Council members show their approval of the recommendations

The National Council yesterday passed three Bills and four policy recommendations submitted by its committees. The Bills tabled for adoptions that would be sent to the National Assembly are: Recommendation on the budget for fiscal year 2019-20 The Council recommended the government to provide adequate budgetary support to Royal Education Council …

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STCBL’s employee termination case moves to court

The former employee of State Trading Corporation of Bhutan (STCBL) and the company has decided to take the case of the employee’s termination to court after both parties could not come to an agreement. According to the officiating chief labour officer with the labour ministry, Ngawang Norbu, both parties decided …

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MRI service to take time

MRI machine at the JDWNRH

The resumption of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) service at the national referral hospital in Thimphu would be further delayed by at least a month. Hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr Gosar Pemba, said the service was expected to resume by the end of this month. “But then again, we had some problems.” …

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Bhutan pursues climate resilience with national adaptation plan

From left - Officiating secretary NECS, Phento Tshering, GNCH secretary Thinley Namgyel and Resident Representative of UNDP Azusa Kubota signed the project document yesterday

Bhutan stepped up its response to climate change with the launch of a project to advance its National Adaptation Plan focused on water yesterday, a UNDP press release states. The project, to be implemented with the support of the UNDP, benefits from a US$ 2.7 million grant from the Green Climate Fund, …

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Kinzang Mo, Lhuentse’s oldest resident 

Kinzang Mo, 102

It’s peak summer and the people of Dromashong in Maenbi, Lhuentse are headed to busy paddy plantation months. The elderly are left home with no work or to end the day chanting prayers. However, 102-year-old Kinzang Mo, the oldest resident in Lhuentse is not sitting idle.  She prepares fodder for the …

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The roadblock above Narphung along the Samdrupjongkhar – Trashigang highway is expected to clear today afternoon. The landslide, which occurred yesterday around 8am blocked about 80 metres of the stretch. Dantak officials deployed machines and labourers immediately to clear the block.

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NC calls for a dialogue with NA

The National Council has called for a dialogue with the National Assembly to establish a common understanding on certain provisions of the Constitution, public finance Act and the national assembly Act. The issue surfaced following differences in interpretation of laws in the treatment of pay revision as a money Bill. …

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Assembly passes pay revision Bill 

In passing the pay revision Bill, the Assembly yesterday endorsed 12 of the 19 recommendations the National Council provided on the pay revision Bill while rejecting the proposal of 13 percent pay hike for the Chief Justice of Supreme Court and the Speaker.The economic and finance committee of the Assembly initially proposed a 13 percent hike for the two posts to distinguish the head of three branches of the government. The proposal was endorsed but later found in contravention of the Parliamentary entitlement Act.

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Council questions Assembly’s resolution on SOEs

Eminent member Phuntsho Rapten

Reviewing annual budget proposals of state owned enterprises (SOEs) by the parliament may not be in conformity with existing laws, two eminent members of the National Council (NC) said yesterday. The resolution, which empowers the National Assembly’s economic and finance committee to review annual budget proposals of all SOEs, either …

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EU commits additional 7.3 million Euros 

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2019 European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels on June 18

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering commended the European Union for bringing together international partners to address the issue of inequalities at the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels, a press release from the Bhutan embassy in Brussels states. Lyonchhen is attending the two-day EDD on the invitation of President of the …

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