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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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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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A lean year for tourism industry

For the tourism sector, 2018 was about strengthening cooperation among the stakeholders. Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) and Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB) last year signed an agreement in June to strengthen cooperation and guide relations between the tour operators and hoteliers. The MoU is expected to …

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A not so apolitical civil service

It was yet again another year of reforms in the civil service in the dog year. But what stole the show was the politicisation of civil service and grievances against Individual Work Plan (IWP). The biggest achievement among the reforms initiated in the civil service was the launch of the …

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Accidents and misconducts trouble Samdrupjongkhar and Pemagatshel

Despite carrying out several developmental activities in Samdrupjongkhar, the dzongkhag experienced many mishaps in the earth male dog year. More than 20 people died in vehicle accidents, landslide and an explosion. Some remain unreported. An explosion inside the drift tunnel of powerhouse II for Nyera Amari hydropower project at Martsala gewog in Samdrupcholing …

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Not a safe year for women & children

Crimes against women and children made the most headlines in the dog year. Most of the crimes were reported in April. Three days after the disturbing news of anesthesia technician who allegedly raped a patient attendant at the national referral hospital on April 5 night, the news of an arrest …

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A troubled labour sector

The labour ministry in the dog year whimpered with major problems related to its overseas programmes.  The problems worsened in 2018 with the infamous earn and learn programme in Japan coming under Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) radar. More than 700 youth were placed by last year but complaints continued about Bhutan …

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A daylong blood donation session in Trashigang collected 40 units of blood yesterday. The session was organised by DeSuups in Trashigang to commemorate the birth anniversary of The Gyalsey.  The blood collected was donated to Mongar Regional Referral Hospital.

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Dredging underway to prevent flooding in Sarpang

River dredging works, which began last year at Maokhola and others are expected to prevent seasonal flooding in Sarpang

The Natural Resource Development Corporation Ltd (NRDCL) is dredging two rivers and three streams in Sarpang. The dzongkhag tshogdu, in one of its sittings, decided to allow the corporation to dredge the riverbeds to avoid seasonal stream water and swelling rivers flooding villages and damaging infrastructures. Officials say work started since last year.

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Former Naja gup faces tax embezzlement allegations

Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) investigation has found that a former gup of Naja gewog in Paro, Kado had allegedly embezzled Nu 62,228 of rural tax during his tenure 2012 and 2013. The gup completed his term in 2016. The Office of the Attorney General is reviewing the case for probable prosecution. …

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Devotees receiving empowerment of the Nyingma Gyubum or the canonical collection of esoteric tantric texts from His Eminence Drupwang Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche in Gelephu return home. The oral transmission of 35 volumes of Gyubum concluded yesterday. The empowerment of Zoeduen  Tsawa, Domang and Tokbum begins today. The six-week oral transmission …

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