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Opposition calls for reinstatement of secretaries

They have also asked for the Cabinet and the economic affairs minister to be held accountable RCSC: The opposition party yesterday called for the reinstatement of the three surrendered government secretaries to their original positions, stating that imposing a major penalty in the form of a reassignment for procedural lapses …

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Bhutan to declare protected river system

It will be the first country to do so in the region Environment: Bhutan will be the first country in the region to declare a protected river system. This declaration will be made in September. Experts from various local organisations and the World Wildlife Fund  (WWF) are working on a …

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Finance ministry faces contradictory targets

Anomalies were highlighted during midterm review of MoF performance agreement Fiscal: Some of the targets the finance ministry agreed to in the performance agreement signed with the government are contradicting other targets the ministry is working to achieve. For instance, the ministry agreed to secure concessional loans, but securing more …

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Tourist footfalls well below eastern Bhutan target

Around one-sixth of the projected number visited eastern parts of the country Tourism: Only about 3.6 percent of the international tourists visited the eastern parts of the country last year, against the target of 20 percent that the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) had set to improve regional spread of …

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Programme to go on despite nominal participation

Meet the people: On an average, only about 10 people attend the government’s Meet the People Programme. Since the launch of the programme on August 24, 2013, about 740 people have shared their grievances over 74 sessions of the programme.  The grievances included issues concerning lawsuits, employment, census, education loans, …

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“Music should be for love not to make money”

Indian singer and songwriter, Lucky Ali, recently visited Bhutan and performed in Thimphu for the Bhutan International Festival. He made his debut with the soulful album Sunoh and his song O Sanam is considered by many to be his best song. He is well known in Bhutan. Kuensel’s Gyalsten K …

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One convicted; legal proceedings for six others continue

OAG to rebut foreign minister Rinzin Dorje’s opening statement today Lhakhang Karpo: Of the seven individuals charged with official misconduct, forgery, bribery and embezzlement in the Lhakhang Karpo corruption case, the Haa district court sentenced a 31-year old businessman from Paro to three months in prison yesterday. Druk Leading Enterprise’s …

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When will Sarpang rise from the ashes?

Victim-shopkeepers wonder how long it will take before they can get back on their feet Update: While dzongkhag officials are still compiling reports on property damage from the February 15 fire that gutted 81 shops in Sarpang town, residents are impatient to start their business at the new town location. …

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Seven years of connecting Pemagatshel

The district is now so networked with roads that walking has become a thing of the past Connectivity: People in Pemagatshel still remember when travelling to another gewog meant arduous uphill climbs – heavy rations strapped onto their backs – of almost an entire day. Today, the story is very …

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