• GDP growth slips for the second time: ADB

    While the South Asian region is projected to emerge as the fastest growing region in the world, Bhutan’s economic growth projection is trailing behind the regional average. The country’s economic growth slipped for the second time as the construction of hydropower projects slowed and electric power production declined, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) outlook.

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PM advises people to reduce rice consumption 

Against the backdrop of the prime minister’s office replacing fried refreshments with fruits and coffee or tea with lemon tea at press conferences, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has emphasised the need to reduce the consumption of rice and salt.

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Bhutan Kidney Foundation observed world kidney day with the local leaders, teachers and students of Nagor MSS, and representatives of Silambi gewog on March 14 in Silambi, Mongar. More than 400 people attended the event.

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Only one pledge fulfilled, says Opposition

The government deserves an appreciation for bringing people together and putting efforts to be more inclusive in decision-making, according to the Opposition’s assessment of the government’s 120 days in office. However, the Opposition stated that the government has provided a “feel-good and flattering assessment” of its 120 days pledges. Contrary …

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Thimphu thromde vs TCC 2.0

At the mouth of the inner Thimphu city, near the Lungtenzampa bridge, are two plots of prime land with private properties. It has become a bone of contention between the Thimphu Thromde and the Tashi Commercial Corporation (TCC). The thromde wants it, to develop into a well-planned gateway to the …

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Supreme Court convicts 9 RBA officers in DeSuung case

The Supreme Court (SC) sentenced nine Royal Bhutan Army officers and a non-commissioned officer in the DeSuung training fund embezzlement case yesterday. The officers received  compoundable prison term ranging from a year to two years and 11 months. Major Ugyen Nidup was slapped with the maximum sentence of two years …

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JDWNRH short of 120 nurses

The Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) is short of more than 120 nurses today.  The hospital recently issued a notice freezing extraordinary leave (EOL) for nurses and technicians of JDWNRH due to the acute shortage of staff at the hospital.

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No guests at Phobji homestays

There are not many staying at the homestays in Phobji, Wangdue today. Almost all homestays in Phobji earn only about Nu 8,000 a year. There are about 11 homestays in Phobji gewog.

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No protection walls along Shetikhari river

Gelephu has experienced numerous flashfloods. All that the residents can do is be mentally prepared. Gelephu Gup Ugyen Wangchuk said that with floodplains widening after every monsoon, the drungkhag could suffer major catastrophe if timely interventions were not carried out. 

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Electric fence keeps wild animals away in Bumdeling

The farmers of Bumdeling in Trashiyangtse no long have to worry about crop attack by wild animals. A 37.9km electric fence, which has benefited 120 households in the gewog, was installed from 2014 to 2018 and the farmers are expecting better harvest this year.

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