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First waterways load to Bangladesh ships today

Alternate route: About 1,000 MT of stone aggregates is loaded to be ferried to Bangladesh yesterday

About 1,000 metric tonne (MT) of stone aggregates from Bhutan is the first waterways consignment that will be ferried to Bangladesh via the Brahmaputra river today. The consignment is lifted from Dhubri Port in Assam, India. In three days, it will reach the Narayanganj Port in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dhubri port is about 160km away from Phuentsholing. The port is under the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).

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Four dzongkhags home to more than half of businesses

Lyonchhen releases the ECoB with the World Bank Resident Representative and NSB Director yesterday

While the country is looking forward to graduate from the LDC group in 2023, Bhutan’s inability to fulfill the economic vulnerability index, one of the three criteria for graduation, indicates that the country’s economy is shallow and superficial. Its direct impact, according to Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering is on …

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MHPA starts commercial operation of Unit 2

Caught on camera: Officials capture the commercial operation of MHPA’s Unit 2

The Mangdechu Hydro Project Authority (MHPA) began selling the power generated from 180MW of Unit 2 from 12:30pm yesterday. It was learnt that the unit would be generating about Nu 18 million a day. The testing and commissioning of the unit was done on June 30. The first commercial operation …

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It’s simple, not two-thirds majority: Opposition

Assuming all members are present, a simple majority is enough to pass a bill in the National Assembly. In trying to stress that the opposition had also voted for the pay revision Bill, the foreign minister at a recently held press conference incorrectly mentioned that the government needed a “two-thirds …

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Policy calls for progressive devolution of power, resources

Local governments (LG) will be provided an opportunity to generate revenue to finance their local projects and programmes, the draft decentralisation policy states. Less than one percent of LGs’ income comes from own source revenue generation today. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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Govt. wants to do away with vehicle quota: Foreign Minister 

Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

The government may do away with vehicle quotas, Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji hinted at a press conference on July 6. “We want to do away with the vehicle quota. There should be no quotas,” he said. The foreign minister, who is also the government’s spokesperson, made the comments amid …

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When hunters become conservationists

A khenpo explains the karmic effects of hunting and poaching

Without a meaningful landholding on the family’s name, Tempa was destined to be what he has been for the better part of his life. In the twilight of his days, he is remembered as the top tiger hunters in Norbugang in Pemagatsel. Norbugang falls partially within the Royal Manas National …

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Eighty students to compete for Golden Youth Award

The 12th Golden Youth Award (GYA) camp opened yesterday

Themed “Selwai Melong – the mirror of clarity”, the 12th Golden Youth Award (GYA) camp opened in the capital yesterday. A total of 80 class ten students, 40 male and 40 female from 20 dzongkhags along with eight escort teachers gathered in Thimphu to compete for the Golden Youth title. …

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For the well being of country, a recitation of Baza Guru and offering of 100,000 butter lamps started yesterday in Changjiji Thimphu. A total of 10,000 butter lamps will be lit every day for 10 days.

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Blame me if Zhemgang gets left out, says foreign minister

Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

The decision to replace Zhemgang with Sarpang under the tourism flagship programme was not politically driven, clarified the government.In response to the opposition party’s allegations, foreign minister, Dr Tandi Dorji during a press conference on Saturday, July 6, said that the decision was never along political lines.

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Government “surprised” by Opposition’s criticisms on pay revision

Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji said that the Opposition’s post-Parliament comments on the pay revision were a deliberate attempt to misinform the public. At a press conference on July 5, the Opposition said that pay revision caused discrepancies and disgruntlement among civil servants due to the government’s decision to provide …

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ALD continues to be the top cause of death

Although there has been a slight decrease in the deaths related to alcohol liver disease (ALD) last year, it continues to be the top cause of all deaths in the country. According to the annual health bulletin 2019, deaths related to ALD has decreased from 167 cases in 2017 to …

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12th Plan priorities for health sector

To ensure a healthier nation, the health sector’s priorities in the 12th Plan include providing access to equitable quality healthcare, reducing the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and ensuring the sustainability of healthcare. To achieve the objectives of the 12th Plan, the budget report 2019-20 states that the health sector …

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