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    Bhutan – 87th freest economy

    Ranking: Bhutan was declared as the 87th freest economy among 157 countries and territories gauged by Fraser Institute, a Canadian public policy think tank.

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Bhutan’s hydropower to reduce CO2 in India

…by replacing thermal plants in India where coal is the main raw material

Power trade: Hydropower supply from Bhutan would reduce carbon dioxide in India by about 10M tons in 2016/17 and could be as high as 40M tons annually by 2020/21.

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More than 10,000 homes connected with farm roads

About 68 percent of households are less than an hour’s walk from the nearest motorable road point

Connectivity: Farm roads connected 10,444 houses in the first two years of the 11th Plan, records with the agriculture and forests ministry show.

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Trongsa awaits directives on convicted gup

Gup was convicted for bribing in 2009

LG: Trongsa dzongkhag officials are waiting for directives from higher authorities on what further actions should be taken against Langthel gup, Lham Dorji who was convicted to six months imprisonment.

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Eight power tillers distributed to gewogs in Thimphu


Agriculture: To mitigate farm labour shortages and to improve accessibility of the farm machinery to the marginal farmers who cannot afford to own machines, the agriculture ministry issued a power tiller each to eight gewogs in Thimphu yesterday.

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Drukair incident ignites probe into private practice

The doctor maintains that he provided medical assistance and certified the patient on humanitarian grounds 

Health: The Bhutan Medical and Health Council is examining the case of the doctor, who certified an ailing patient as fit for travel but who was later de-boarded from Drukair, the national airline following safety concerns.

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Online permit system to go operational by yearend

The system will facilitate processing of travel permits online for regional tourists

Tourism: The proposed online permit system for regional tourists will be operational by the end of this year with its testing beginning this month, Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) officials said.

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Quinoa introduced to address nutrition issues


The grain is known globally for its high nutrition content

Agriculture: To improve the country’s nutritional status, the Department of Agriculture (DoA) yesterday introduced two varieties of Quinoa from Peru for evaluation and adaptation in Bhutan.

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Bhutan reaffirms to remain carbon neutral

... The country has asked for development assistance in return

COP21: Bhutan has reaffirmed to remain carbon neutral and pursue low emission development to achieve the ambitious global targets of climate change post 2020.

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Salary revision outpaces revenue generation

The annual average salary of a civil servant is about 51 percent higher than a private employee’s

RCSC: About 25 percent of the country’s annual revenue is spent on paying civil servants. The annual salary of civil servants has more than doubled from 2008 to 2014, according to figures with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC).

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My Country, My Town

  • New use for old caps: While the bench may gain a longer innings, the butt may not feel so grateful Photo by Dorji Pelzang
  • Welcome, have a bite of maize while you wait: Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home Photo by Sonam Jamtsho, Paro
  • Starting young: Pup showing signs of either potential to be, or previous life as, a sheepdog? Photo by Tashi Dawa, Tingtibi
  • Multitasking radish: Though if to be eaten later, one hopes that’s ara and not kerosene in the jerry can. Photo by Bidur Rai