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Farmers urge govt. to buy cardamom

Government has offered Nu 550 a kilogram

Following the government’s announcement to buy unsold cardamom, farmers in Sarpang and Tsirang are waiting for the change to take effect. One of the farmers in Chudzom gewog, Chabilal Ghimeray, said the rate government offered at Nu 550 a kilogram was fair. “But considering the hard work put into cardamom …

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Budget deficit could touch Nu 40B in 12th Plan

Finance minister Namgay Tshering

The government’s pledge to establish another national referral hospital, provide free wi-fi, launch sung joen app, and pay breast-feeding allowances, worth a few billions, are not budgeted in the 12th Plan. At the first meet-the-press session yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the projected fiscal deficit, which is the budgetary …

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  The Cabinet held the first Meet the Press session yesterday in Thimphu on the theme, the 12th Plan.

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New approach to address unemployment in 12th Plan

Labour minister Ugyen Dorji

To address unemployment in the country, an employment responsibility system would be instituted across nine sectors according to the Labour minister Ugyen Dorji. This was stated at the first Meet The Press yesterday in Thimphu. Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji said the ministry had two major programmes during the 12th Plan with …

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Charity school VP sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

Thimphu dzongkhag’s child and family bench on December 20 sentenced the 39-year-old vice principal (VP) of a charity school in Bjemina, Thimphu, Ugyen Wangchuk, to 10 years imprisonment.  Ugyen Wangchuk who also taught Mathematics at the school was sentenced on the accounts of child molestation and one count of attempted …

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Health ministry proposes Nu 4.02B as 12th Plan budget

Health minister Dechen Wangmo

The health ministry has proposed a budget of about Nu 4.02B (Billion) for the 12th Plan but the allocation is still in negotiation with the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), which has allocated Nu 3.62B. Health minister Dechen Wangmo, at the first meet the press session yesterday, said this in …

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Education conference opens to media

Unlike in the past, the 19th National Education Conference, which begins on December 24 at Phuentsholing Higher Secondary School would be open to the media, education minister Jai Bir Rai said. The five-day conference is considered one of the most important annual events of the education ministry where the education …

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Govt. halts new office constructions in 12th Plan

Works and human settlement minister Dorji Tshering

The government has halted the proposal of new office constructions in the 12th Plan to carry out an assessment on the space required, works and human settlement minister Dorji Tshering said yesterday during the meet the press. Lyonpo Dorji Tshering said that there are more than 25 offices construction proposed …

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Zhemgang prioritises chiwog connectivity in 12th Plan

There are 43 farm roads in the dzongkhag

Road is the main infrastructural development evident in Zhemgang, where people living in far-flung villages say life has become much easier now for them. The dzongkhag’s rugged terrain of thick forest and deep ravines are cut through and the inaccessible villages being connected with farm roads. The dzongkhag, which had …

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Three detained for mischief and battery

Trongsa police detained a 26-year-old man and two minors aged 16 since December 6 for breaking the windows of 12 vehicles and battering four students of Sherubling Central School. The man and the two minors, under the influence of marijuana, broke the windows of the vehicles parked in Trongsa town …

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83 black-necked cranes arrive in Bumdeling 

The number of black necked cranes in Bumdeling has been declining over the years

The once lush green paddy fields above Trashiyangtse town have now turned brown. Farmers have retired to their homes leaving the fields empty for their visitors, the black-necked cranes. The endangered birds have returned to one of its winter roosting and feeding grounds in Bumdeling valley, Trashiyangtse. As of yesterday, …

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