• The roadblock at Box-cut along the Gelephu-Trongsa highway was cleared on July 13. DoR officials say the road is likely to be blocked again (Photo: DoR, Sarpang)

    23 highways blocked in central and eastern Bhutan

    Monsoon this year has not only disrupted road transportation but also hit domestic air services in the country. Flight cancellations due to bad weather are reported from all three domestic airports. Gelephu airport reported a last minute cancellation following unfavourable weather condition yesterday. The airport recorded five cancellations so far. 

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Student commits suicide

Students of Udzorong Central School in Trashigang  were busy preparing  for the midterm examination when they heard that a  19-year-old student had taken his own life.  He was a Class X student. According to sources, the incident could have occurred between morning 2 a.m and 11 a.m Investigation was carried out and …

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Alleged abuse drives student to attempt suicide 

Local residents of Shantipur village in Assam recently handed over a 19-year-old Bhutanese student to his relatives after he was found almost unconscious in the area. The class 12 student at one of the private schools in Gelephu had gone missing from the school campus on the evening of June …

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MPs want more oversight power to Parliament 

NA Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel

Some of the recommendations that the ongoing session of the National Assembly have deliberated called for more oversight power for Parliament over government actions and financial matters. Gangzur-Minjey MP Kinga Penjor on June 4 moved a motion calling for mandatory parliamentary review of sub-legislations (rules or regulations), both existing and …

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Overloading to be monitored on Indian highways

Overloaded vehicles will be strictly monitored across the Indian highways as per the recent notification from the office of the superintendent of police in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India. This means Bhutanese trucks will have to comply with the notification and refrain from overloading. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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We are considered less important than wildlife: LG officials

The recent deliberation on 56km long Shingkhar-Gorgan road in the National Assembly caused confusion among local government (LG) officials and the people of Lhuentse. LG officials said that the construction of the road had become a political tool for the political parties. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Sustainable land management improves farm productivity

Vegetable seeds were distributed to the people

The National Soil Service Centre (NSSC) observed the day to combat desertification in Wangphu gewog, Samdrupjongkhar, on June 17. Themed ‘let’s grow the future together’, the event was held to create awareness on the adverse effects of desertification, land degradation, sustainable agriculture and climate change. It was also organised to enhance the …

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31 new ambulances in 12th Plan

Health Minister Dechen Wangmo

The government has allocated budget for 31 new ambulances in the 12th Plan, health minister Dechen Wangmo said at the National Assembly yesterday. Of the 31 new ambulances, Lyonpo said that about 18 would replace the existing ambulances that have been in operation for more than 10 years. To read …

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Man sentenced for smuggling 43kgs of gold

Even as the Paro dzongkhag court sentenced a 48-year-old farmer from Tsento to six years in prison for illegally smuggling 43kgs of gold biscuits, Thimphu district court has in the past few weeks issued more than 30 remand detention orders to police. Proven beyond reasonable doubt for smuggling 43kgs of …

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Minister questioned on LPG shortage

Concerns on the shortage of LPG was raised at the National Assembly (file photo)

The economic affairs ministry would consider issuing subsidised cylinders based on personal income tax and distribute only non-subsidised LPG to urban areas such as Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and other dzongkhags by studying the poverty level. Economic affairs minister Loknath Sharma shared this in an email interview with Kuensel after the …

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Opposition raises concerns over decreasing capital budget 

The Opposition has raised concerns over the increasing proportion of recurrent expenditure and the corresponding decrease in the capital expenditure over the years. The debate ensued when the Speaker opened the floor to comments from MPs on the annual budget 2019-20 in the National Assembly on June 12. The Opposition …

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Govt. has no authority to reduce lending rates, says FM

The government has no immediate authority to reduce the lending rates among financial institutions, finance minister Namgay Tshering said. This is because it is the Royal Monetary Authority’s (RMA) mandate to implement the monetary policy, while the government’s domain is within the fiscal policy. “But there has to be some …

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