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ICAO concerned about Bhutan’s aviation oversight weaknesses

A lack of effective implementation persists of its requirements in all eight critical areas  Aviation: Concerned with Bhutan’s aviation safety oversight shortcomings, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has called the department of civil aviation (DCA) to Bangkok for a meeting, next month. In a letter to the government, ICAO …

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PM lauds central Bhutan performance

Bumthang, Trongsa and Zhemgang are well ahead of the curve in terms of targets met APA: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay lauded the impressive progress Bumthang, Zhemgang and Trongsa made, following their signing of the performance agreement with the prime minister. Seeing the report card so far, lyonchhoen congratulated the three central …

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Mid-year evaluation: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay reviews the annual performance agreements for central Bhutan districts yesterday in Trongsa      

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So far, so good, but still a long way to go

Lyonchhoen’s evaluation of the APA midterm reviews submitted by eastern dzongkhags Governance: Dzongdas of the six eastern dzongkhags presented their mid-year review on the annual performance agreements (APA) to the prime minister on January 30 in Mongar. Lyonchhoen congratulated the dzongkhags for fulfilling most of their targets and said that …

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Gong’s farm road construction begins

Farm road: Work has begun to connect remote Gong in Gelephu with a 26 km farm road. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the road’s ground breaking on January 31, which when complete will connect all six chiwogs in Jigmecholing gewog. Plans to cut a farm road until Gong school was …

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Fortnight-long ‘labour camp’ too short, say students

Their only gripe against the MoL-organised technical/vocational training held in the east  Blue Collar: The two-week-long technical and vocational education camp the labour ministry organised in Trashigang, students felt, was too short.  The camp was a success for students, who are on their winter break, but they felt they could …

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Helping backyard poultry farms bounce back

Wildlife attack, competition and rising feed prices may have caused a number of shutdowns Self-sufficiency: The backyard poultry farms, which supplied most of Trashigang’s eggs in the past, are facing a tough fight from semi and commercial poultry farming the dzongkhag is increasingly witnessing. Competition in the market, frequent attacks …

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The exotic Lhakhang Wang tshechu …

… a festival with a do-it-or-else twist in the tail subtext Martalungchu:  Martalungchu village, hidden behind a small hillock, amidst a pine forest, high above Bajothang in Wangduephodrang, is in celebratory mood. Men, dressed as women in a village reputed for women singers, are actively taking part in the four-day …

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Zobel forest fire yet to be put out

The Lungtenphug blaze, meanwhile, was doused after two days, a record for Thimphu Disaster: A team of villagers, gewog, forest and police officials are still trying to contain a forest fire that started around 10am in Zobel gewog, Pemagatshel yesterday. The men have decided to keep a watch on the …

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An objection to longevity

Khuruthang shopkeepers complain against hospital canteen owner’s long tenure Business: Nine Khuruthang shopkeepers have written a signed complaint letter to the Punakha dzongkhag and hospital administration, questioning the rationale behind allowing a single owner to run the hospital canteen for about 12 years. The letter that only carries the signatures …

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