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Temperature drops by 2-4 degree Celsius

Temperature across the country has dropped by 2-4 degree Celsius, according to National Centre for Hydrology and Meteorology (NCHM) official. The lowest temperature recorded this winter stands at -11 degree Celsius. Haa and Gasa saw the drop in temperature to -11 degree Celsius in January and late December. The coldest …

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NC deems capital expenditure for past six months illegal

The budget appropriation Bill 2018-19, which would supersede the budget appropriation Act 2018-19 passed by the last Parliament could be unconstitutional, according to National Council. This was because of the time lapse between the fiscal year and the 12th Plan. The previous government’s tenure ate into the first fiscal year of the 12th Plan and completion of the electoral process consumed half of the 2018-19 fiscal year.

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NC recommends including IG’s tenure in Plan period 

NC Chairperson Tashi Dorji

The National Council (NC) in its recommendations on the 12th Plan has recommended allowing the interim government (IG) to continue with the Plan period activities. Presenting the recommendations for adoption, member from Haa, Ugyen Namgay, yesterday said the recommendation is aimed at giving continuity to development works under the capital …

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Education ministry to regularize contract employees

Teachers, non-formal education (NFE) instructors, cooks, caregivers, wardens, matrons, laboratory assistants, librarians, drivers, sports instructors and early child care and development (ECCD) instructors, whose service are on contract would be regularised, according to the education minister, Jai Bir Rai. He announced this while answering to a question Nganglam’s member of …

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Not satisfied: Members of the opposition continue discussions during the break with the Prime Minister and the education minister

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A paradigm shift in health care?

Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo

Health care services in the country would undergo a paradigm shift as a top priority programme to benefit the people, especially the commoners and narrow the gap. Health Minister Dechen Wangmo said this to Wamrong MP Karma Thinley who questioned the minister on the government’s stand on private sector participation, …

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New college in Zhemgang still being assessed

Panbang’s MP, Dorji Wangdi

The plan to start a new college in Zhemgang is still being assessed, as there were no plans or policies regarding the new college, according to education minister Jai Bir Rai. The minister was responding to a question from Panbang’s Member of Parliament (MP) Dorji Wangdi who questioned the government …

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Landmark building to replace Gol building

Gol building was constructed in 1968 as a three-storied building

The Gol (round) Building in Phuentsholing would be dismantled in the next six months. Works to demolish the building has started since January 14. Kinsam construction who quoted Nu 1.25 million (M) to do the job is hiring 50 demolition men from Kolkata, India. These labourers are skilled in dismantling …

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Allowance to cover mothers who deliver at home 

Jomotshangkha-Martshala’s MP, Norbu Wangzom

If women were unable to deliver in the hospital for genuine reasons, the government would consider and provide them with maternity allowances, according to Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering. This was clarified yesterday while responding to Jomotshangkha-Martshala’s Member of Parliament (MP) Norbu Wangzom’s concerns raised during the question-answer session of the …

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LG leaders sensitized on corruption risk management  

In groups, participants identify potential corruption risk areas in the local governance function during the seminar

With local governments getting 50 percent of the budget with the implementation of the block grant, they will see more financial responsibility in the 12th Plan. Financial power comes with risks. To sensitize local leaders on the ethics and integrity to curb corruption practices at a gewog level, the ACC …

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Health ministry cautions public on flu outbreak

As the winter peaks and people become prone to seasonal flu, the health ministry has notified all health centers to set up surveillance and vigilance on seasonal flu outbreak. Last week alone, the Royal Centre for Disease Control recorded at least 200 cases of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and another …

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Cut-off and, on and off

Lyonpo Jai Bir Rai

All Class X students who successfully complete the board examinations will be absorbed in government and private schools. Two weeks after the national education conference decided not to do away with the cut-off point (the minimum percentage required to qualify for higher secondary school)

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