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Japan’s foreign minister on three day visit to Bhutan

Japan’s foreign minister Taro Kono will arrive in the country today on a three-day official visit, making it the first visit to Bhutan by a Japanese foreign minister.  “The visit is an outcome of the recent visit to Japan by Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay from April 10-13 this year and a …

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Tsirang farmers worried over delayed PSL loan

Dorji Dema and her son prepare the field for paddy transplantation

It has been almost three months since Pem Tenzin from Zomlingthang village of Gosarling, Tsirang, applied for a Priority Sector Lending (PSL) loan. He applied the loan to buy a power tiller. The dzongkhag PSL committee cleared his application and forwarded to the bank since March. “But I have not …

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Trashigang replaces old water distribution tank

Construction of the water storage tank is expected to complete next month

After the commissioning of an automated water treatment plant last year, residents of Trashigang town and Melphey faced water shortage this year also. The residents complained that the quality of the water has deteriorated since the onset of monsoon this year. A hotelier said water quality worsens every time rain …

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Three institutions to host technology and innovation support centres 

TISC will provide access to global and locally based technology information documents

To establish Technology and Innovation Support Centres (TISCs), the economic affairs ministry signed agreements with three institutions in the country on June 20 in Thimphu. The National Focal Point, the Department of Intellectual Property signed the agreement with the three hosts institutions- College of Science and Technology, Jigme Namgyel Engineering …

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Ossey block closes Gelephu-Zhemgang traffic

More than 100 meters of the road’s base has been washed away

With more than 100 meters of the road’s formation width washed away at Ossey, 28km away from Gelephu, the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway has remained closed to traffic for the last three days.  Landslides are occurring continuously and Department of Road (DoR) officials said the situation at the site is critical. Officials …

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Parliament questions water shortage issue in Thimphu

Thimphu Thromde has  implemented only one  of the 15 recommendations the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) made through its performance audit on drinking water. This was the finding of the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) that was discussed in the joint sitting yesterday. Five recommendations was not implemented; the remaining was partially …

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Picture story

The Gyalpoizhing-Nganglam highway, which was blocked since June 19 following a landslide is expected to open to traffic evening today. The road was blocked near the Kuri-Gongri confluence, which is about 42 kilometres away from Gyalpoizhing town.

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One year given to resolve audit irregularities

MPs support the time extension recommendation to resolve irregularities with a show of hands

Speaker Jigme Zangpo had to call members to vote for the second time to determine whether or not to extend the time by a year for agencies to resolve audit irregularities during the deliberation on the review of the financial audit report (ARR 2010-2016) yesterday. The Joint Sitting of the …

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Construction owners asked to procure sand from Gelephu, Lhamoidzingkha

Citing sand shortage as the reason, Natural Resources Development Corporation Ltd. (NRDCL) has notified construction owners that each construction site will be eligible for only one truckload of sand per week. However, this rule applies only to procurement of sand from the Sha/Wangdue region (Punatsangchhu river basin). NRDCL on Saturday …

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