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Strengthening plantation initiatives

Coordination and consultation meeting of officials from the Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS) on June 20 in Thimphu recognised the need to strengthen plantation initiatives against the backdrop of increasing development activities across the country.    Chief forestry officer with Social Forestry and Extension Division (SFED), Pasang W …

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First Bhutan film festival opens today in Gangtok

Artists rehearsing yesterday

The first Bhutan Film Festival (BFF) opened today at Gangtok in Sikkim, India. The festival is held to commemorate 50 years of Bhutan-India diplomatic relations. It concludes tomorrow. A team from the Film Association of Bhutan (FAB) led by its president and a performing group comprising of more than 40 …

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NA slashes FY 2018-19’s capital budget by six months

Following an intense debate over the interim budget for the next fiscal year, cabinet ministers hold a discussion inside the assembly hall during the tea break yesterday

The issue of setting a precedent in preparing the budget by a sitting government for a fiscal year of the next Plan saw an extensive debate at the National Assembly yesterday. This resulted in the house rejecting the capital budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The house instead approved the …

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RAA points out discrepancies in thromde revenue collection

Thromdes lack complete, accurate and reliable central registry of the sources of revenue, according to the Royal Audit Authority (RAA). This was pointed out in the performance audit of revenue collections and management of the thromdes conducted between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2017. The report was released last …

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Contaminated pickle, not watermelon caused illness, says RCDC

The Royal Centre for Disease Control (RCDC) ruled out watermelon as the cause of sickness that got three people admitted to Bajo hospital in Wangdue last week. Two men and a woman were found unconscious at home after they suffered diarrhoea and vomiting. Watermelon was the food suspect then as …

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Council members pitch for ACC’s financial security

Sonam Pelzom, member from Mongar (Photo: NC)

Deliberation on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) annual report 2017 in the National Council (NC) yesterday saw the good governance committee proposing the house to pay special attention to the commission’s budgetary constrains. This means that the house of review would provide necessary support and recommendations during deliberations on annual budget. …

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Japan’s foreign minister on three day visit to Bhutan

Japan’s foreign minister Taro Kono will arrive in the country today on a three-day official visit, making it the first visit to Bhutan by a Japanese foreign minister.  “The visit is an outcome of the recent visit to Japan by Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay from April 10-13 this year and a …

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Tsirang farmers worried over delayed PSL loan

Dorji Dema and her son prepare the field for paddy transplantation

It has been almost three months since Pem Tenzin from Zomlingthang village of Gosarling, Tsirang, applied for a Priority Sector Lending (PSL) loan. He applied the loan to buy a power tiller. The dzongkhag PSL committee cleared his application and forwarded to the bank since March. “But I have not …

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Police fields team to Sertena to investigate P’ling baby case

Phuentsholing police sent a team to Sertena village in Haa on June 19 to investigate the case of the newborn that was allegedly thrown out of a hotel window in Phuentsholing on April 15, according to sources. Police officials refused to comment. But Kuensel learnt that the two men, the …

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Trashigang replaces old water distribution tank

Construction of the water storage tank is expected to complete next month

After the commissioning of an automated water treatment plant last year, residents of Trashigang town and Melphey faced water shortage this year also. The residents complained that the quality of the water has deteriorated since the onset of monsoon this year. A hotelier said water quality worsens every time rain …

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Three institutions to host technology and innovation support centres 

TISC will provide access to global and locally based technology information documents

To establish Technology and Innovation Support Centres (TISCs), the economic affairs ministry signed agreements with three institutions in the country on June 20 in Thimphu. The National Focal Point, the Department of Intellectual Property signed the agreement with the three hosts institutions- College of Science and Technology, Jigme Namgyel Engineering …

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Ossey block closes Gelephu-Zhemgang traffic

More than 100 meters of the road’s base has been washed away

With more than 100 meters of the road’s formation width washed away at Ossey, 28km away from Gelephu, the Gelephu-Zhemgang highway has remained closed to traffic for the last three days.  Landslides are occurring continuously and Department of Road (DoR) officials said the situation at the site is critical. Officials …

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