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PM lauds foreign ministry’s performance

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay lauded the foreign ministry for performing beyond its annual performance agreement that the ministry signed with him. He said that among others, the establishment of the consulate office in Guwahati was a major achievement but it was not included in the APA. “The consulate office will immensely ...

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Allegations against former minister politically motivated: Opposition

Opposition Leader Pema Gyamtsho

The Opposition will hold the Prime Minister accountable for character assassination of a senior member of the party, if the government is bent on taking advantage of the sincerity and restraint the opposition exercises. At a press conference yesterday in Thimphu, members from the opposition said that the government’s allegation ...

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MoAF revises two APA targets

The agriculture ministry asked to reconsider three of the 37 targets they signed with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, which today risk failure. Agriculture secretary Rinzin Dorji asked Lyonchhen and the government performance management division under his office to reduce targets for farm shops, fish production, and budget utilisation at the midterm review ...

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Business community not so enthused for NC elections in T/gang

Although the National Council (NC) elections are around the corner, the level of enthusiasm among the business community in Trashigang is minimal. Many shopkeepers are still unaware of who is contesting from their respective constituencies. “We are already bogged down with our own work we don’t get time to know ...

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New sewerage system piloted to manage wastewater

The Dojo-Joka system at Hejo (Courtsey: JICA Bhutan Facebook)

A small-scale sewerage system called Dojo-Joka system piloted in Hejo will not only manage wastewater but can also be used for recreational purposes. The sewerage system that would cater to 86 households and more than 700 people in lower Hejo would also prevent secondary pollution such as foul smell, is ...

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172 aspirants register to contest NC elections

ECB notifies the public to refrain from attending any public gathering from February 15 to May Of the 172 aspirants who have registered with the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) to date to contest in the upcoming National Council (NC) election, the commission has received certificates of only 51 for ...

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Former sales executive to stand for NC from Trashigang


Jamyang, former sales executive with the Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan Ltd. (RICBL), has declared his intention to stand as National Council (NC) candidate from Trashigang. If elected, the 31-year-old from Pam intends to help frame policies that are implementable and address the need of people. Jamyang said that many ...

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UNICEF calls for action to make internet safe for children

More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, according to a press release from UNICEF. Observing the ‘Safer Internet Day’ worldwide on February 6 with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you’, UNICEF issued a global press release calling for ...

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Cardamom fetches good price in P/ling

A labourer segregates cardamom

With cardamom selling for Nu 700 to 750 a kilogram (kg), farmers say that this is one of the best prices they fetched in the last two years. Although the recent price is a drop from Nu 840 a kg that the spice fetched about 11 days ago, exporters are ...

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Compliance to label requirement encouraging

Starting January 1 this year, all imported goods have to be labelled in English or Dzongkha

Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority’s (BAFRA) director general, Namgay Wangchuk, said that implementation of the food labelling requirements has been a success. Implementing requirement for homemade and one ingredient products, though, are still in the process. According to a notification BAFRA issued in June last year, all prepackaged food ...

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Man detained for theft and auto stripping

On the morning of January 22, police received a complaint about a Maruti Alto car that went missing from a parking space at the national referral hospital in Thimphu. On the same day, the police received another complaint from Changzamtok that some miscreants had broken the glasses of a Hyundai ...

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Passang Dorji will replace Wangdi Norbu

Passang Dorji (Center)

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) announced its candidate for Trashigang’s Bartsham-Shongphu constituency yesterday. Passang Dorji, 38 from Yangner Gewog is in his final year of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) project in International Relations at City University in Hong Kong where he is doing research on Bhutan’s Foreign Relations. He has ...

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