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PM leaves for Bangladesh today

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering leaves for Bangladesh today on a four-day state visit. The visit is made at the invitation of the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. A press release from the foreign ministry states that the visit, which is in keeping with the tradition of the regular exchange …

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Extended PICU inaugurated

Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck donates Nu 1M for palliative care

Her Majesty the Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck inaugurated the extended Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) yesterday. Her Majesty had donated Nu 6 million (M) in March last year, to purchase two sets of ICU equipment which include an ICU bed, ICU …

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ACC appeals against an acquitted officer

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court against one of the officials who was acquitted by the Larger Bench of the High Court. The larger bench on March 28 acquitted Major Sonam Tshering of the charges of embezzlement that the military court convicted him of in the …

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Trashigang and Sarpang have most top ranking schools

With seven schools on the top-10 lists, Sarpang dzongkhag has the highest number of top performing schools in both Class III and VI levels. Trashigang has the highest number of top ranked schools for both Class X and XII levels with four schools. This is according to the education ministry’s …

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Ethical leadership included in NIA

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has included a module on ethical leadership in the Internal Integrity Component of the fourth national integrity assessment (NIA). Ethical leadership index, a press release from the ACC states, is incorporated as part of NIA because the ethical competences of leaders are crucial to foster an …

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What raise is proposed for MPs?

The perks of being a Member of Parliament (MP) are getting better. Should the fourth Pay Commission’s recommendations be endorsed the gross salary of an MP would be about Nu 131,000, more than the Cabinet Ministers’ current salary, according to a rough calculation. The existing gross salary of MPs is …

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Sparing for those who cannot afford

Switched: To help address shortage of subsidised gas in the country, the cabinet and top government officials yesterday surrendered 21 subsidised gas to the fuel depot in Motithang, Thimphu.

It was 5pm and government offices were done for the day. Within 30 minutes, the cabinet ministers and opposition leader arrived at the Motithang fuel depot in Thimphu to surrender their subsidised LPG cylinders. The prime minister, cabinet ministers, opposition leader, national council chairperson, the chief justice of the supreme …

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Fire guts temporary sheds in Langjophaka

Five families were living in the huts

A fire gutted two temporary sheds near the National Assembly building around 11am in Langjophaka, Thimphu yesterday. The cause of the fire is not known but residents, who are mostly supporting staff of the Department of National Properties (DNP), suspect a short circuit. Five families lived in the two temporary …

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Dzong renovation causes housing shortage

Gasa town

There may be only a handful of civil servants in Gasa, but housing is a problem even in Gasa. The shortage was caused by the renovation of the Gasa dzong which also houses the dzongkhag administration office. Staff quarters were turned into offices when renovation began in 2014. To read …

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Where is the wow factor?

With the Pay Commission’s report out, many civil servants feel that the promised ‘wow factor’ is missing. They are pointing out that although a higher percentage is given to lower level public servants, there is disparity in absolute terms.

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Gas shortage fuels major reforms

The Department of Trade (DoT) stopped issuing new subsidised LPG connections from April 9 in four major towns of Thimphu, Phuentsholing, Samdrupjongkhar, and Gelephu. Non-subsidised LPG, however, will continue to be available. The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) adopted this measure to ensure uninterrupted supply and distribution of subsidised LPG. The …

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PC recommends Home Loan Scheme

The Fourth Pay Commission has recommended the government to introduce a “First Home Loan Scheme” to promote house ownership. The 2nd Pay Commission had also proposed a similar recommendation in 2014. Reasoning that the affordability of owning a home will continue to be the main factor in public housing, as …

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Borders close for Indian elections

The border gate would open at 6pm today

As it clocked six on April 9 evening, people began to rush in Phuentsholing. Both the entry and exit border gates were closed. People from across the border who work in Phuentsholing and Bhutanese who live across the border left the town. Within an hour, the country’s commercial hub was …

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