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350  households in Pemagatshel receive LPG cylinders

Villagers collect LPG cylinders in Pemagatshel

The regional trade office and Bhutan Oil Corporation (BOC) in Samdrupjongkhar distributed Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders to rural households of Shumar, Khar and Chongshing gewogs in Pemagatshel last month. Regional trade director, Aiman Mahat, said as per the report submitted by the dzongkhag administration last month, there are 2,361 …

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Tourist arrivals increase in last five years 

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2013 pledged that the annual tourist arrivals would be increased to 200,000 in the period of five years. The party identified tourism as one of the five jewels in the 11th Plan and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in his State of the Nation Report 2018 …

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Gelephu – Zhemgang highway remains blocked

The highway has remained blocked on and off at Ossey

It has been almost a month since the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway has remained blocked on and off at Ossey, 23kms away from Gelephu. Although the Department of Roads (DoR) has been regularly clearing the debris, mudslides block the road even before the passage is cleared. DoR officials said the stretch is …

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Curtains fall on National Assembly

The members fold their blue kabneys and remove their patags at the NA hall yesterday

Marking the successful completion of a decade of democracy, the second National Assembly dissolved yesterday afternoon with an offering of Tashi Moenlam and Zhabten in the National Assembly hall. The members folded their blue kabneys, removed their patags and most of them wore the white kabneys. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay …

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Government’s tenure, a big failure: Opposition

Flip-flop and irrational decisions, wasteful expenditures, bad precedence and rush for inaugurations on government’s part have created a vacuum in building an image of the country, according to the Opposition. Labelling the government’s tenure as highly unsuccessful, the members from Opposition said at a press conference on July 31 that …

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Two ACC officials threatened

Thimphu police has registered a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) against two individuals from Wangduephodrang for attempting to assault and threatening two investigating officials. While police officials say they are still investigating the case, it was learnt that the incident happened on July 23 when the two lady …

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Pledge to improve transport and online services partially fulfilled

The government’s pledge on airport infrastructure development, improvement of public transport, and to provide online service delivery have been partially fulfilled. The government had pledged to improve safety standards and expand the infrastructure at the Paro international airport and the domestic airports. “People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will look into the …

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Police investigates cordycep larceny case

Thimphu police are investigating a case of larceny of cordyceps by deception. The incident happened on the morning of July 27 when three men, all from Wangduephodrang who brought five kilograms of cordyceps were in an apartment in Langjophakh, Thimphu with a customer. According to their statements to police, the …

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Speed gun to deter over-speeding along Kanglung-Trashigang highway

Over speeding is observed along the newly completed Trashigang-Kanglung highway

With the completion of the widening and blacktopping works at the Kanglung-Trashigang highway, over-speeding along the stretch is on the rise, according to officials from the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA). Officials said despite regular inspections and awareness programmes on traffic regulations, drink driving and over speeding are the …

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Labour pledges under-achieved

Although the Bhutan Civil Service Rule incorporated the extension of the maternity leave by three more months in 2016, most organisations in the private and corporate sector are yet to implement it. Through the Cabinet’s directives, the maternity leave programme was implemented in most of the state owned corporations. According …

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Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji is Swiss Honorary Consul

Swiss Ambassador Dr Andreas Baum hands over a shield to the Honorary Consul

Coinciding with the 727th national day celebrations of Switzerland, the office of the Honorary Consul of Switzerland was opened in Thimphu yesterday. Former minister Kinzang Dorji, who has been serving as the president of the Bhutan-Switzerland Society, was appointed the first Honorary Consul. The relationship between the two countries flourished …

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