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35 villages to receive reliable mobile network

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC) will soon implement the fifth phase of the rural connectivity programme (RCP) that would connect 35 villages in 18 gewogs with a reliable mobile network. The minister, Karma Donnen Wangdi, assured this while responding to Chukha National Council (NC) member Sangay Dorji during …

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Manitar-Lhamoizingkha highway not benefitting Lhamoizingkha residents

At Devitar: The Manitar-Lhamoizingkha highway

Two years after the 53km Manitar-Lhamoizingkha highway opened to traffic, Lhamoizingkha residents say the road did not bring much economic benefit to them. This, the residents say, was because of the major roadblocks every summer. Santa Kumar Gurung, 32, has stalled a small shop along the Manitar-Lhamoizingkha highway in Devitar, …

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His Holiness consecrates lhakhang in Tormazhong

The lhakhang will benefit about 120 households

His Holiness the Je Khenpo Truelku Jigme Choeda consecrated the newly constructed Pema Yoesoel Choeling Lhakhang at Tormazhong village in Tsakaling gewog, Mongar yesterday. His Holiness then appointed Karma Tenzin, 49, as the lam of the new lhakhang, who served as the lam of Tshangpa village in Thrimshing drungkhag. His …

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Making land service delivery efficient

His Royal Highness Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck graced the launch of policy documents and online systems of the National Land Commission yesterday.

To make land-related services more efficient, the National Land Commission (NLC) launched three online systems and six documents in Thimphu yesterday. NLC Secretariat’s secretary, Pema Chewang, said land is an indispensable factor of production and most basic for socio-economic development. “It is one of the primary sources of wellbeing and …

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SDF to extend USD 10M in MSME funding in Bhutan

The SAARC Development Fund will launch its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) funding scheme in Bhutan. The MSME funding scheme comes under the Economic Funding Window of SDF. An amount of USD 10 million has been earmarked to be disbursed under the MSME funding scheme in Bhutan. The MSME …

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TVET fails to meet its intended standard and purpose

The technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programme today failed to meet the standard and the purpose it was established for some five decades ago. The programme faces a multitude of constraints that increasingly hinder delivering quality workmanship and attracting more youth to pursue various training. According to an …

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Defendants ask the Supreme Court to reinstate them

Two army officers involved in the Desuung case submitted their rebuttal in the Supreme Court on January 7 after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) appealed against the High Court’s decision that acquitted them. ACC appealed to the Supreme Court seeking the court’s interpretation of whether adjustment could be considered embezzlement. In …

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The little vendors of Retsangdung

Sherubtse College

Children of Retsangdung village of Kanglung gewog in Trashigang have found a productive way of spending their winter vacation. The children, mostly students of Kanglung Primary School, make the steep climb of more than 9kms from their homes to sell farm produce to Kanglung satellite town residents and Sherubtse college …

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Local leaders in Samkhar demand firm penalties on gungtong

Of the six chiwogs in Samkhar gewog, Bikhar-Domkhar has the highest number of gungtong

In the middle of a maize field in Bikhar-Domkhar chiwogs stands a single storied house. The neatly plastered single-storey house appears it was constructed a few years ago. It was abandoned. Nobody knows when. Neighbours have not seen the house owner for almost 15 years. “Nobody knows for sure where …

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A bountiful orange season in Drujeygang

Drujeygang farmers who panicked when shortage of water hampered paddy translation are all smiles now. This is because a bountiful orange harvest, some yielding thrice the usual amount, compensated the loss. Farmers say the price they fetched from orange this year is almost three times more than they fetched in …

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12th Plan for sustained economic growth: Finance Minister

Presenting the 12th Plan in the National Assembly, Finance Minister Namgay Tshering yesterday said that the government’s fiscal policy was aimed at ensuring sustained economic growth by broadening tax base, and rationalizing capital and recurrent expenditures. The finance minister said the Plan aims to maintain the fiscal deficit below the …

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Controlling alcohol still a major challenge: NC

Controlling harmful use of alcohol is still a major challenge. Presenting the interim report on the review of harmful use of alcohol in the country, the National Council’s (NC) good governance committee (GGC) members shared that despite the government’s concerted efforts, alcohol remains a problem. The preliminary findings, presented yesterday …

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