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Construction of Southern East-West Highway to resume in 12th Plan

The works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden fielded four of the nine questions that were asked during the question hour session at the National Assembly yesterday. She was asked on the progress of Shingkhar-Gorgan road, Khibisa- Daga road construction, plans on construction of a southern highway in the 12th Plan and status of approved budget for black topping of Gasa road.

The question on why the government has stopped the construction of the southern east-west highway has been repeatedly asked since the first session of the National Assembly, works and human settlement minister, Dorji Choden said at the national assembly’s question hour session yesterday. The minister was responding to Nganglam MP, …

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Contractors and consultants to be held accountable on audit issues

Contractors and consultants will now be held accountable for audit observations pertaining to audit irregularities and lapses reported in the audit reports. To this effect, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Construction Development Board (CDB) and the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) yesterday. To date, the government agencies have …

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Falling boulder injures man

A 32-year-old man, who was hit by a falling boulder on a farm road to Baikunza village in Bongo gewog, Chukha, on June 17 morning, is recovering at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu. The man was evacuated to Gedu hospital via India and referred to …

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Tsirang hospital built as per approved design: MoH

In a written response to Sergithang-Tsirangtoe MP Novin Darlami, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has stated that the construction of Tsirang hospital was executed as per the approved design, and that it will have a total of 40 beds.  The MP had requested the health minister for a written answer …

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Five arrested with controlled substances

Thimphu police made a series of arrests related to abuse and illicit trafficking of controlled substances in about four hours on June 25. Following a tip-off, Thimphu police arrested two men aged 22 and 26 years from Hongkong market for abusing controlled substances around 7pm. Police seized eight and six capsules …

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Shingkhar-Gorgan road awaits environment clearance

The Works and Human Settlement ministry is working on developing a new Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) to apply for an environment clearance certificate for the construction of Shingkhar-Gorgan road. Lyonpo Dorji Choden said this in response to Chhumig Ura, MP Tshewang Jurmi’s question on the current status and stage of …

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Education ministry to propose taking over IWP for teachers from RCSC

Education minister Norbu Wangchuk

For effective implementation of Individual Work Plan (IWP) for teachers, one of the recommendations the education ministry would put up to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is to give the monitoring of the IWP to the ministry.  Education minister Norbu Wangchuk at the National Assembly yesterday said that there …

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ECCD coverage to reach 55 percent in 12th Plan, says minister

North Thimphu MP Tshering

Education minister Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said that there are plans to establish an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in every chiwog. At the National Assembly’s question hour session yesterday, North Thimphu MP, Tshering asked the education minister about plans of establishing ECCD centres in rural areas, as there were …

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Homes with poor sanitation facilities highest in Thimphu, Samtse and Chukha

The three most populated dzongkhags, Thimphu, Samtse and Chukha also have the highest number of households with poor sanitation facilities. The Population and Housing Census of Bhutan 2017, show that at least two percent of households across the country do not have a toilet facility. This scenario is more prominent in rural (3 percent) than in urban areas (0.4 percent).

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Bhutan’s population is 735,553

Lyonchhen and NSB director Chhime Tshering release the report yesterday while Speaker Jigme Zangpo looks on

Bhutan’s population on an average increased by 8,380 people a year in the last 12 years. The past 12 years saw the population increase by 100,571 persons and touched 735,553 as of May 30 last year. According to the reports of Population and Housing Census of Bhutan (PHCB) 2017, which …

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