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RCSC initiates mindfulness retreat to enhance EI

To build on its effort to enhance emotional intelligence among civil servants, the Royal Civil Service Commission has initiated a mindfulness retreat. With support from the Central Monastic Body, the commission organised its first mindfulness retreat camp from January 21-25 at the Royal Manas National Park, according to a press …

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We will not measure country’s progress only by GDP: PM

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was not a good way to measure the progress of the country and was a wrong tool to measure progress when it came to the target of narrowing the gap. This was in response to criticism from the opposition …

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Against all odds

An abandoned two-storey house in Momring

From the window of Boje’s two-storey traditional house, Momring is a beautiful typical Bhutanese village. The fields, the lush green forest surrounding it, even in winter, and the tranquility is broken only by the sound of cowbells. At a closer look, though, Momring is not all what it looks like. …

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Elephants driven out, no says gups

A raged elephant in the middle of the settlement in Samtenling Gewog (Photo: Gup Ugyen Wangchuk)

Even as the divisional forest officials of Sarpang dzongkhag claimed that almost all the wild elephants were driven out from Gelephu area, local government officials say that animals are still around. Chief forestry officer (CFO) of divisional forest office in Sarpang, Phub Dhendup, said that with the help of trained …

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GAOs on the move

Soon after the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) lifted the freeze on lateral transfer of Gewog Administrative Officer, at least 10 GAOs have already applied elsewhere. Of the 10 applicants, three have been selected and expected to join new agencies by next month. RCSC on November 14 through a notification …

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Slide and cracks at PHPA 1 under control, claims management

While the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project (PI) management and the economic affairs minister, Loknath Sharma, assured that the sliding of an overburden on the right bank of the dam construction site is nothing to be worried about, those following the project claim it is a matter of huge concern. PI managing …

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Farmers wait for compensation

While no incidence of elephants raiding crops or causing distress was reported in Sarpang in the past few weeks, local leaders are waiting for compensation from the agriculture ministry. The Sarpang Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) recommended compensation to the ministry more than a month ago.   “We haven’t heard anything about the …

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First session of third Parliament concludes

His Majesty The King graces the closing ceremony of the first session of the third Parliament yesterday

The Parliament session concluded yesterday with a Zhugdrel Phunsum Tshogpa ceremony, the members of the Parliament offered prayers for the good health and long life of His Majesty The King, the members of the Royal Family and continued peace and happiness of the people. Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel said at the …

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NA accepts one recommendation from NC on budget 

In a session that saw much contradiction among the members, the National Assembly endorsed one of the five recommendations of the National Council on the budget for the financial year 2018-19 yesterday. Members and the Speaker thanked the Council for worthy recommendations and pointing out errors in the bill. However, …

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Phuentsholing township development project begins

Men at work: AFCONS workers maneuver the RH6 rig to excavate for the diaphragm wall

In a major development, the permanent construction works on the first package of Zone A of the Phuentsholing Township Development Project (PTDP) in Torsa has begun. Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) shared the update at the stakeholders consultation meeting for the PTDP in Phuentsholing on January 24. Under the river …

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NC to review constitutional post holders’ appointment guidelines 

Deputy Chairperson Jigme Wangchuk (centre) interacts with the media yesterday

The National Council (NC) will review the guidelines for appointment of constitutional post holders in the summer session, Deputy Chairperson of the House, Jigme Wangchuk, informed the media yesterday. Speaking at the post-session press conference, the Deputy Chairperson said that the guidelines have to be enhanced for transparency and selection …

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Another slide at PHPA I

An overburden near Punatsangchhu Project I dam construction slid on January 22

An overburden of a local slide near the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project I (PI) dam site construction occurred on the morning of January 22, taking away an excavator, injuring the operator and damaging concrete piles and cable anchors. The slide occurred after engineers and the PI management assured last month that …

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