• Vehicle quota has been attributed as a factor for increasing the number of vehicles in the country (File photo)

    Govt. to provide vehicle quota if necessary: PM

    Although the government’s pledge to provide vehicle quota to each household was “shot down” by the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that the pledge is still on. Lyonchhen, however, said there were many other important and pressing issues the government needs to look into first and once these completes, the government would review the vehicle quota system and if need be implement it.

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NC recommends improving GC roads and secondary national highways

Lyonpo Dorji Tshering

To improve the quality and durability of gewog centre (GC) roads, the government would increase the blacktop (premix carpet) thickness to 30mm (millimeter) from the current 25mm, according to the works and human settlement minister Dorji Tshering. He said this at the National Council (NC) question hour session on January …

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Govt. to construct a bypass at Ossey in the 12th Plan

Information and communications minister, Karma Donnen Wangdi, has said that a four-kilometre bypass would be constructed at Ossey, a slide-prone area on the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway in the 12th Plan. He said this while responding to a question from Dragteng Langthel Member of Parliament (MP) Gyem Dorji on January 18. Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi said he …

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ABS to study the needs of the disabled

Over 140 individuals including the members of ABS attended the launch of the project

A study to identify the number, needs and the severity of persons with disability will be conducted in the five dzongkhags of Chukha, Dagana, Punakha, Sarpang, and Trashigang. Ability Bhutan Society (ABS) will lead the study. The need assessment camp will be conducted [by medical personnel] to find the details …

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OAG charges two in WhatsApp scam

A civil servant in Trashigang and an Indian businessman allegedly lured 13 Bhutanese through WhatsApp scam and collected Nu 849,000. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) charged the duo last week in Paro court. The incident occurred between March and April last year and the amount was collected from …

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The case of the 108 missing barrels of bitumen

When the announcement from the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) rewarding Nu 100,000 for information leading to the theft of 108 barrels of bitumen was made in the media last November, many wondered why the information mandated such a huge reward. Almost four months after the two truckloads of bitumen reportedly …

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All class X pass students will be enrolled in class XI

Starting this academic session, all class X students who pass the board examination will be enrolled in class XI, the education minister JB Rai clarified, amid confusions surrounding the cut-off points. However, with the decision, it is still unclear whether the cut off point for class X students stays or …

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Loan repayment deferred for Bhutanese in Japan

In what could come as a relief to Bhutanese in Japan, under the “earn and learn” programme, and their parents, the government has decided to defer the loan repayment time by two to four years. The decision was made during a recent meeting, which the labour minister, Ugyen Dorji announced …

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Manav Dhingra refutes ACC findings 

The head of operations for International Institute of Hospitality and Wellness Studies (IIWS), Manav Dhingra has refuted the allegations and findings of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) investigation on corrupt practices in the overseas employment programme in India. The findings established that IIWS bagged tenders repeatedly for training and placements of …

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Govt. to allow entry of regional tourists through all border towns

The National Assembly yesterday endorsed entry and exit of regional tourists through the border towns of Samdrupjongkhar, Gelephu, Samtse, Nganglam, and Panbang. Currently, Phuentsholing is the only entry point for regional tourists. However, entry and exit would be allowed from these points with a condition that the tourists use Bhutanese vehicles and …

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Suung-joen app operation will take time: MoIC Minister 

Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi

Information and Communications minister Karma Donnen Wangdi has said that it might take five years for the Suung-joen app to be fully operational across 20 dzongkhags. He was responding to a question from Bumdeling Jamkhar MP Dupthob during the Question Hour at the National Assembly yesterday on when the government …

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Wage rate to be revised to at least Nu 450

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering

The national minimum wage could increase up to Nu 450 a day as the government had pledged, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said yesterday. Prime minister said that the fourth pay commission would come up with recommendations. Based on their recommendations, possibilities would be explored to increase the wage rate …

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When Lochoe turns vegetarian

Helpers prepare the vegetables for the lochoe

It is Aum Dorji Dem’s annual lochoe tomorrow. The family had gathered at their paternal house in Rithang-wog village in Dangchu. Some had travelled from Thimphu. It is late evening. Surprisingly, apart from relatives chattering on updates in their lives and the snow at Dochula, the evening is not busy. The monks …

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