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Adequate fund required for food reserve

The Public Accounts Committee’s recommendation to maintain adequate fund for National Food Security Reserve (NFSR) and SAARC Food Security Reserve would be reviewed and approved, the joint sitting of the parliament decided on December 6. The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) made nine recommendations following a performance audit of the Food ...

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Two men sentenced for deliberately setting house on fire

Mongar dzongkhag court sentenced two men to prison for fraudulent insurance claims. In the judgment rendered on December 6, Tashi Phuntsho, 41, from Hurungpam village, Mongar gewog was sentenced to a year and six months in prison for asking Jampel, 44, to set his house on fire. Jampel, 44, also ...

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SDF marks SAARC Charter Day

The butter lamps were lit at the Guru Lhakhang in Tashichhodzong

SDF marks SAARC Charter Day To mark the 33rd SAARC Charter Day, a thousand butter lamps were lit at the Tashichhodzong yesterday in Thimphu. The SAARC Development Fund also planted tree saplings at the Ecological Park to mark the day, a press release from SDF stated. Heads of seven SAARC ...

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Solar fencing proves effective in Kangpara

So far a total of 9.9km of solar fencing has been installed in the gewog

Like most farmers in the country, residents of Wangkha village in Kangpara, Trashigang, stayed awake throughout the night to guard their crops against wild animals. Farmers say they had to take turns to patrol their fields in rain. Bumden Zangmo, 24, recollects how she spent sleepless nights in temporary sheds, ...

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Poor safety measures in construction sector

A construction site in Thimphu

26 fatal accidents and nine cases of partial disability were reported between 2016 and 2017 The health ministry recorded more than 33,000 cases of work-related injuries across the country last year. However, the construction sector reported 26 fatal accidents and nine cases of partial disability to the Department of Labour ...

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Parliament decides NSB to conduct labour force survey

The National Statistics Bureau (NSB) should conduct the labour force survey, the joint sitting of the Parliament decided on December 6. The house resolved this after deliberating the performance audit report on employment generation and promotion activities. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recommended that the labour force survey be carried ...

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Education ministry working on providing lunch in all schools

The education ministry is working towards providing lunch in all schools, according to education minister Norbu Wangchuk. He said this at the joint sitting of the parliament while deliberating the performance audit report on school feeding programme on December 6. There are 301 schools under the school-feeding programme out of ...

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Accident claims five lives in Mongar

Five people died on impact in Zimzoorong, Mongar, when the Santro car they were travelling in veered off the road and fell about 100 metres on December 6 morning. The incident occurred when the family was returning to Thimphu after conducting the last rites of their grandfather in Kengkhar. The ...

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Thromde investigates damaged road in Babesa

The damaged area remains closed to traffic from November 22

A stretch of road that runs above the Olakha automobile workshop area leading to project DANTAK office developed cracks and was closed to traffic since November 22. About 20 meters of road and the roadside drain towards the hillside developed cracks. While some residents say that an excavation work on ...

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