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Drukair flies first scheduled flight to Gelephu

Aviation: More than three years after it was inaugurated, Gelephu domestic airport received its first scheduled flight, yesterday.

The national airline, Drukair, flew seven revenue paying local passengers and four government guests, including the information and communications secretary to Gelephu from Paro. From Gelephu, the airline picked up the information and communications minister and other government officials on its return flight to Paro via Bumthang.

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Election commission ready for thromde elections

The commission however maintains that there is no need to amend the Election Act 

LG: With the completion of the functional literacy test (FLT) in the three thromdes of Thimphu, Phuentsholing and Gelephu earlier this month, there are now 5,165 perspective candidates across the country for the upcoming local government elections.

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Mumps outbreak escalates

Health officials say they do not know why the number of cases shot up by 10 folds in the last two years 

Health: With at least two persons infected with the mumps virus every day in the last 11 months, mumps remains the most infectious disease reported in schools across the country this year.

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T/gang can’t meet meat production target

APA: Meat production in Trashigang has been declining by the year.

Production of beef dropped to 24MT in 2014 from 32MT in 2013. Production stood at 65MT in 2012. Similarly, production of pork dropped to 10MT in 2014 from 13MT in 2013.

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Illegal occupants asked to vacate govt. land

While four land owners cry foul over compensation

PHPA II: Kinley Dorji, 54, has been living in a single storied structure at Kamichu market along the Tsirang-Wangdue highway for more than 23 years.  The structure is all that the family owns.

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Village seeks to leave yenlag thromde

… as their land falls on both sides of the boundary which would mean they would be paying both rural and urban taxes

Boundary: Villagers of Thangchu Gonpa have once again appealed to Phuntshothang gewog if Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag administration could opt for another area instead of their chiwog to be a part of the yenlag thromde.

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Japan to help fulfill farm road targets

Agrees in principle to supply 30 excavators and 20 backhoe machines

Grant: The government of Japan will grant machineries by June 2017 to help the government accomplish the farm road construction targets of the 11th Plan.

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