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Govt. failed to start even one hydropower project: OL

The government is not in a rush to build new hydropower projects, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said in the National Assembly yesterday. At the Question Hour, opposition leader (OL) Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) said the government had informed the parliament earlier that construction of Kholongchhu hydropower project had begun but the ...

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PM quizzed on employment and pilgrimage pledges

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday said that apart from 879 jobs made available through state owned enterprises, the government has created an additional 700 employment opportunities for the year 2017-2018. Lyonchhen was responding to Kengkhar-Werringla MP, Rinzin Jamtsho’s question the government’s pledge to provide 100 percent employment and unemployment benefits. ...

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Audit recovers Nu 18.77M from BFAL

The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) recovered Nu 18.77 million (M) from Bhutan Ferro Alloys Limited (BFAL) after conducting an audit for January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2015. Auditors had initially raised 108 observations but 68 were resolved as per the management responses and justification in the exit meeting and ...

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Cement instead of bitumen tested on Yadi-Korila road

Concreting roads is expected to cut costs and enhance durability  The ministry of works and human settlement (MoWHS) is working on adopting a cementitious-based pavement technology to construct roads in the country instead of conventional bitumen method. To test and demonstrate the technology, the ministry is paving a 10 km ...

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Council recommends 35 changes in anti-money laundering bill

The National Council yesterday asked its economic affairs committee to compile the members’ recommendations on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017 and present it next week for debate and adoption. Introducing the bill in the house, finance minister Namgay Dorji said that the objectives of the ...

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DPT chooses former teacher as candidate for Wamrong

Karma Thinley (second from the right)

Karma Thinley is a former BKP supporter A veteran in the education sector, Karma Thinley, officially joined Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) on November 15 to contest for the party from Wamrong constituency in Trashigang. The 45-year-old former teacher worked as the director of the Thimphu-based Royal Institute of Tourism and ...

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14 black-necked cranes arrive in Bumdeling

The first pair arrived on October 5 (Photo courtesy: Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary)

A total of 14 black-necked cranes have arrived in Bumdeling, Trashiyangtse as of yesterday, with the first pair arriving on October 5. Officials said that around 100 cranes are expected to arrive by February next year in Bumdeling. The number of cranes flying in deceased to 91 last year from ...

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Surgical camp treats 22 patients

The camp is organised in partnership with Smile Asia and Ministry of Health (Photo courtesy: Tarayana Foundation)

Twenty-two Bhutanese underwent surgery to treat cleft palate, cleft lip and fistula at Tarayana’s fifth surgical camp at Paro hospital The camp screened 40 individuals on November 13; 22 were chosen for surgery. The camp’s coordinator, Wangmo, said that people were made aware about the camp through media. After the ...

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SDF funds two projects

Representatives from implementing agencies of the SAARC Development Fund funded project, Toll-Free Helpline for Women and Children in SAARC Member States met in Thimphu for their project inception meeting from November 16-17, 2017. The USD 4 million project will be implemented in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka during the ...

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Opposition probes govt. on tourism royalty waiver

The government’s proposal to waive off tourism royalty came under scrutiny at the National Assembly yesterday. The waiver of royalty USD 65 a day for tourist visiting the eastern dzongkhags was debated in the house following the first and the second reading of the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan ...

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Picture story

Her Majesty the Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck and Her Royal Highness Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck met the people of Wangduephodrang yesterday. Her Majesty is on a high-level advocacy tour to Punakha, Wangdue and Gasa from November 12 – 22 to promote awareness on priority public health and social issues.

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Court dismisses case against Nganglam OC

Nganglam drungkhag court conducted a miscellaneous hearing of the case filed against the police officer-in-command (OC) by two residents and dismissed it yesterday. The two residents, Jampel Dorji and Lhendup, filed a case against the OC for battery and misuse of power on November 15, alleging that the OC battered ...

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