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Boulder business resumes

Bangladesh bound: A boulder laden truck leaves Phuentsholing for Burimari yesterday evening

The boulder export business has resumed in Phuentsholing after a halt of almost three weeks.Business resumed after the trucks were allowed to carry more than the permissible weight as it did before the load restriction was implemented. Boulders were still exported from Samtse after the restriction but in low volumes.

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Assembly passes pay revision Bill, raises legal issues 

Amid legality matters surrounding the pay hike for the Speaker and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the National Assembly yesterday passed the pay revision Bill. The economic and finance committee’s proposal to pay the Speaker and Chief Justice more than the ministers and equivalents was an attempt to distinguish …

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Gewog annual grant replaces GDG

As per the guidelines for gewog annual grants 2019, gewogs with their centres located more than 50 kilometres from the dzongkhag headquarters may get an engineer and an accountant each. “The dzongkhag administration must designate an engineer and an account personnel for each gewog from the dzongkhag pool. However, for …

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NA passes pay revision Bill 

The deliberation on the pay revision bill at the National Assembly saw more discussions on the need to revise allowances than the salary. Four of the five recommendations made were on allowances. Chairperson of the economics and finance committee, Athang-Thedtsho MP Kinley Wangchuk submitted the five-point recommendations on the Pay …

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RUB students’ stipend revised

With the recommendations endorsed by the National Assembly yesterday, the monthly stipend and house rent allowance for students of Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) has been revised. The House passed the motion to revise the monthly stipend from Nu 1,500 to Nu 2,500 a student a month with 24 ‘Yes’ …

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MP questions Shingkhar-Gorgan’s EIA report

Gangzur Minjey’s Member of the Parliament, Kinga Penjor, questioned the minister for works and human settlement (MoWHS), Dorji Tshering, on the authenticity of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report on Shingkhar-Gorgan road at the National Assembly yesterday. He said that Lhuentse would benefit the most from the road construction and …

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Development partners commit Nu 63.2B

Lyonpo Tandi Dorji

Development partners have committed grants and loans of Nu 63.2B (billion), about Nu 200M (million) more than what the government expected during the 14th Round Table Meeting (RTM) held in Thimphu in March this year. Responding to Nanglam MP Choida Jamtsho’s question on the promised amount of grants and loans …

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Samtse highway up for repair this year

Maintenance works on the highway in Samtse will be done in the next fiscal if the proposed budget comes through this session, works and human settlement minister Dorji Tshering said. The minister was responding to a question from the Phuentshopelri-Samtse MP, Ganesh Gimiray who raised the issue with two ministers …

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NA passes Penal Code Bill 2019

After days of intense debate, the National Assembly yesterday passed the Penal Code of Bhutan (amendment) Bill 2019 with 16 amendments. The Bill received 38 ‘Yes’ votes, five abstained, and one voted against it. One of the major amendments to the Bill is removing discriminatory sections on unnatural sex in …

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Export of stone aggregates resumes in Gelephu

Several trucks emerged onto the roads in Gelephu after commercial trucks resume export business to Assam

More than three weeks after export business in Gelephu came to a complete halt following the implementation of the carrying capacity rule, three commercial trucks left for Charpar in Assam yesterday. The trucks were carrying stone aggregates. Gelephu reopened its gate for export after the Department of Forest and Park …

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18 specialists to graduate next month

The shortage of specialists in the country’s hospitals is expected to ease with 18 specialists graduating next month. Of the 18, six will graduate from the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB). This is the second batch to graduate from the university after it started a Masters …

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Committee recommends special bench for corruption cases

Deliberating the Anti-Corruption Report 2018, the good governance committee (GGC) of National Council (NC) yesterday proposed the judiciary to establish a special bench to address the issue of prolonged trial for corruption cases. As of December 2018, the committee reported to the house that there were 21 cases under review …

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Addressing cyber threats in Bhutan

Between 2016 and 2018, Bhutan Computer Incident Response Team (BtCIRT) under the Ministry of Information and Communications resolved 275 cyber threats from government institutions and organisations in the country. Out of 275 incidences, 230 were related to system vulnerabilities and 26 malicious codes. The sixth annual conference of Bhutan Network …

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