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A year of roads and missed deadlines

Damchu-Chhukha bypass was completed in July last year

The earth male dog year saw the completion of much-awaited projects. Overall, the road conditions and construction issues dominated the human settlement ministry. Around May, the year saw His Majesty The King inaugurate the 77 kilometre (km) Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway. The construction of the highway began more than a decade ago …

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Public confidence shaken in judiciary

The year of the dog was not as fierce for the judiciary as the previous years but it did manage to grab headlines. It started with the judiciary using a drilbu (bell) instead of the gavel in courtrooms to signify the beginning, ending, recess or adjournment of court proceedings. Judiciary officials said the …

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A precedent-setting year for the Parliament 

The last two sessions of Parliament were short but precedent setting. For the first time, the past year saw an 11th session of Parliament within a government’s term. The session, which was held in June 2018, did not see new legislative Bills being introduced in any of the Houses. However, …

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The highs and lows of the communications sector

Bhutan -1 was deployed in the low earth orbit in August last year

The information and communications sector hit a milestone in the history of space science and technology with the release of Bhutan’s first satellite into space. Drukair’s chartered flights to various destinations and Bhutan Airlines’ new airbus set new boundaries for the sector. From the satellite’s progress to its deployment in the …

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Agriculture and environment issues continue to grow

Despite contributing about 17 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product, agriculture sector in 2018 was plagued by the same constraints: shortage of money. Farming communities have been battling the same challenges for decades, which have only worsened in the recent years: increasing incidents of human-wildlife conflicts, drying irrigation sources, …

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A year of celebrations and inaugurations

Students of Samtse perform a dzongkha dance

Even as the nation and people welcome the new day of a new beginning of the Earth Female Hog year today, there is one event from the Earth Male Dog year people will not forget. It is the historic celebration of the 111th National Day in Samtse. The celebration, the …

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Busy foreign ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the busiest towards the end of 2018 With new government beginning its term, the ministry of foreign affairs was kept towards the end of 2018 with call-on by ambassadors and foreign visit by prime minister and members of the Cabinet. While the former prime …

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Busy foreign ministry

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the busiest towards the end of 2018 With new government beginning its term, the ministry of foreign affairs was kept towards the end of 2018 with call-on by ambassadors and foreign visit by prime minister and members of the Cabinet. While the former prime …

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A tough year for Trashigang and Trashiyangtse 

From being almost wrecked by a flash flood to curfews at night, residents of Trashigang town had to brave numerous challenges in the year of the dog. A flash flood from Rangshikhar on the evening of July 22 caused the Mithimdrang stream to swell and wash away a wooden cantilever …

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An eventful year for the media  

It was a busy year for the media sector in the year gone by. The third parliamentary elections shot a range of issues – from social media posts at home to Bhutan’s press freedom ranking by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Even the film industry grabbed headlines. After the Civil …

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Picture story

Forty one students between 9-19 years completed a weaving course at the Royal Textile Academy yesterday in Thimphu. The students wove 99 plain cotton mufflers and few with patterns during the course, which began from December 19.

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Corruption perception improves for the country

The year started with good news! Bhutan climbed up a spot to make to the 26th position among 180 countries in the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017 that the Transparency International (TI) released. Bhutan had occupied the 27th spot consecutively in the previous two years. The chairperson of the …

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Delays mire the power sector

Headrace tunnel of MHPA (file photo)

The dog year pulled the curtain on Bhutan’s expectations from the hydropower sector. While Mangdechhu was for the pig year to relish, that the two Punatshangchhu projects were not likely to be completed in the 12th Plan was made clear. The delay in commissioning of the hydropower projects disrupted the GDP …

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