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Labour DG sought assistance to set up business for his son from a foreign source

ACC’s investigation found that labour and human resources director general (DG) solicited and accepted a favour from Manav Dhingra, head of operations for International Institute of Hospitality and Wellness Studies (IIWS) to set up tissue business. When a search was conducted inside the DG’s office by the investigation team in January last …

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Thimphu thromde disposes of body of abandoned newborn

Thimphu Thromde yesterday disposed of the body of an abandoned newborn  girl found near Mortuary in the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital compound on December 31, 2018. Children playing around the compound wall of the mortuary first saw the abandoned child and informed fire division police, who immediately informed …

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Samdrupjongkhar prepares for fifth flower exhibition

Foresters and volunteers prepare the venue for the fifth Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition which will be held in Samdrupjongkhar on February 21

Coinciding with the birth anniversary of His Majesty The King, the fifth Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition this year would be held in Samdrupjongkhar on February 21. Preparation works for the exhibition are going on. The committee headed by the Samdrupjongkhar thromde planted 1,710 saplings of plants and flowers around the …

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S’jongkhar thromde yet to ban total use of plastic bags

Initiative began 2016 to discourage both vendors and customers from using plastic bags

Almost two years after Samdrupjongkhar thromde took initiative to discourage the use of plastic bags in the town, vendors and customers are seen using it. The thromde started the initiative in 2016 to discourage both the vendors and customers from using plastic carry bags and maintain Samdrupjongkhar as zero waste …

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Picture story

With an unusually cold winter, Thrumshingla pass, the second highest mountain pass at 3,780 masl, remains covered in snow most of the time.  (Photo: Pema Tenzin, CDCL, Thrumshingla)

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Tax reforms to take time

While works are on for a major tax reform, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering did not have details on how and when it would come into effect. “If we are to narrow the gap, it is time for the tax reform but I don’t have answer on when or how …

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Samtse will be fifth dzongkhag thromde

Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has said that the next dzongkhag thromde will be established in Samtse. There are currently four dzongkhag thromdes. The prime minister said this in response to a question from Panbang MP Dorji Wangdi in the National Assembly yesterday on the government’s plan to establish thromdes …

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NC questions LGs capacity to wrestle with block grant

Lyonpo Namgay Tshering

While the local government for the first time is allotted with 50 percent of the Plan budget, the National Council questioned the local government’s capacity to administer, execute, and monitor development works in the 12th Plan. In the 12th Plan, both the central and local governments are allocated with Nu 50B each. However, …

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Monk gets nine months for accidental homicide

Trashigang dzongkhag court on December 27, 2018, sentenced a monk with the dzongkhag dratshang to nine months imprisonment for the accidental homicide of two people. The two men were killed when the bolero pick up that the monk, Pema Phuntsho, was driving hit them while they were returning home from …

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Two arrested for malicious mischief in Tsimasham

Tsimasham police arrested two men for malicious mischief on the night of January 6. The men are in police custody. The men, aged, 30 and 26, are from Tsimakha in Chukha and Zhemgang. They had scribbled “catch me if you can” on walls, threatened of dire consequences and cutting television …

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NA discuss citrus greening

Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjor

The National Assembly’s question hour session on December 8 discussed the need to address citrus greening disease affecting the orange growers in the country. Some MPs said that the government’s low allocation of budget for the agriculture sector, water shortage, low expertise among the farmers, and loan default due to …

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BTFEC approves Nu 90.63M for eight projects

Six projects were approved last year (Photo: BTFEC)

For a more sustainable transport system, the information and communications ministry will soon install about six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. Currently, there are five charging stations in the country, which are being used by close to 100 electric vehicles (EVs). Looking at the current trend of …

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