• 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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NA passes three resolutions on Right of Way 

The National Assembly on June 4 passed three resolutions on issues regarding the right of way (RoW) in construction of high voltage transmission lines for immediate implementation. The first resolution calls on the Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) or a relevant agency to frame a policy, guidelines, rules and regulations on …

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12 years to widen Samdrupjongkhar – Trashigang highway?

Works and human settlement minister Dorji Tshering said the progress on the Samdrupjongkhar – Trashigang highway has been prolonged due to budget constraints and lack of workers at the construction sites. Trashigang National Council member Lhatu on June 7 questioned the minister on the delay of Project DANTAK’s work to …

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For good health and wellbeing

The MBBS programme at the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB) could take some time to begin if the deliberations at the National Assembly on June 6 are anything to go by. Members said that it is early for the university to embark on such a programme given …

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Bhalujhora bridge repaired for the third time

Old and new: Bridges over Bhalujhora in Pasakha

The bridge over Bhalujora in Pasakha, which was damaged recently, has been restored. Light vehicles are now able to ply over it. A 14-wheeler Indian truck, with more than 35 metric tonnes (MT) load, headed to Pasakha industrial estate had plied the bridge on June 1 afternoon and damaged it …

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Labour ministry to pilot dual vocational training programs

Technical Training Institute in Chumey and Jigme Wangchuk Power Training Institute in Gelephu, will pilot a dual training programme by adopting a 30 percent institute based and 70 percent industry based training system from August this year. This was discussed during a multi-stakeholder platform for Dual Training Program (DTP) in …

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PM questioned on regularisation of contract employees

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said discussions are on-going with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) to extend the contract period of those on regular contract by two to three years. During the National Assembly’s question hour session on June 7, Jomotsangkha Martshala’s MP, Norbu Wangzom asked the Prime Minister …

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National Assembly moves to decriminalise unnatural sex

In a major boost for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community, the National Assembly yesterday supported the recommendation of its legislative committee to remove discriminatory sections on unnatural sex in the Penal Code. This move is a huge step in decriminalising unnatural sex in the country. …

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Additional allowance for teachers only in 2020

Even though the pay revision Bill, which proposes the lion’s share of allowances to teachers, gets endorsed, teachers could get their additional allowance based on the Bhutan Professional Standards for Teachers only next year. The government proposed teaching allowances ranging from 35-55 percent based on the number of years served. The …

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Fronting spreading beyond border towns: NC

Economic affairs committee (EAC)of the National Council (NC) said yesterday that dominance of fronting in Phuentsholing was clear when almost all shops in the town remain closed whenever there were festivals in India or the border was sealed during elections. “Fronting exists in grocery stores, hotels, telephone booths, garment stores, …

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MPs’ gross pay raise to touch Nu 117,000

The government may have recommended a slashed raise in the salary of the Members of Parliament, but MPs are among the group that benefited the most from the governmet’s proposed revision. MPs could take home an additional amount of at least Nu 16,289 a month in pay and allowances. This …

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Government to procure electric buses and taxis 

The government, through external support, would procure 10 electric buses and 30 electric taxis, according to the information and communications minister, Karma Donnen Wangdi. This was shared yesterday during the question hour at the National Assembly. The minister said the move would promote green and inclusive transport in the country. …

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Verbal abuse and harassment common at the national referral hospital

  JDWNRH (file photo)

Towards the end of May, a patient attendant allegedly harassed a senior gyne-oncologist at the National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. It required hospital management and police to intervene. The hospital did not file an official complaint. However, this is not an isolated case. Cases of abuse and negligence between patient …

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