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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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MoH allocates highest budget for drugs and infrastructure

The three-day media workshop in Paro concluded on July 6

A majority of the 12th Plan budget for the health ministry– Nu 2.51 billion of the total outlay of Nu 3.58 billion – is allocated for medicines, health technologies and infrastructure. For medical services, the ministry would be given Nu 268 million and Nu 523 million for health promotion and …

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ACC calls for quality and responsible complaints

The Anti-Corruption Commission received an average of 28 complaints a month last year, taking the total number of complaints received to 333, according to its 2018 annual report. This was 28 more complaints compared with 2017. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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MoAF yet to finalise pilot schools to supply nutritious food

Despite concerns raised by the officials from the education and agriculture ministries on the transfer of increased stipend for school feeding, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering announced that stipend would be transferred to agriculture ministry. This was announced in the State of the Nation report recently where the prime minister …

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A giant with a gentle heart

Late Migoe dressed as a warrior during an archery match (Photo: Dasho Benji)

In December 1977, a convoy of Royal Body Guard jeeps on their way from Trashigang came to a halt when a cow resting in the middle of the road near Pam village, refused to budge. Out came a herder from the bushes, a tall figure trying to make the cow …

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Zhemgang unflagged, opposition cries foul

The government’s recent decision to replace Zhemgang with Sarpang as one of the four focused dzongkhags under the tourism flagship programme is politically driven, the opposition claims. During a press conference yesterday, Opposition Leader, Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) said the decision has undermined the parliament and the whole planning and budgetary …

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OAG drops embezzlement charges against former RICBL CEO

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has dropped the case of public fund embezzlement against the former chief executive officer of Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL), Namgyel Lhendup. In his letter written to the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) chairperson yesterday, Attorney General (AG) Shera Lhendup stated that OAG had …

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When and from where formal education must begin

The Ministry of Education standing the ground on the issue of underage admission is welcome. The ministry in May revoked the admission of 890 PP students (below 5.5 years old) in public and private schools across the country. Parents, proprietors and principals of private schools then submitted a petition to the …

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Tading residents raise concerns over mining and dredging

More than 30 people of Tading village, Samtse, yesterday met the Tading gewog administration officials and raised concerns over the ongoing mining (quartzite) operations in their villages. The gathering underlined that several people’s land have been affected by the mining activities. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is also not met, the …

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Overhauling the cottage and small industry

Lack of coordination has belittled the value and efforts designed to facilitate the cottage and small industry (CSI) development, according to the CSI annual report. A diagnostic study also found that support of various agencies largely overlaps in one or two phases of business while it is absent in some …

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