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Supreme Court dismisses Penjore’s appeal

The Supreme Court last month dismissed an appeal by a businessman, Penjore, claiming compensation and sought redressal to an alleged error in enforcement of judgment by the Bumthang court in 2016. The apex court ruled that the loan default case, which had reached the Supreme Court through appeals by the …

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Competency-based framework for public service launched

Royal Civil Service Commission officials with delegates from Singapore at the competency-based framework launch.

The Royal Civil Service Commission in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic launched a competency-based framework for public service programme yesterday in Thimphu. The competency framework aims to guide government agencies to identify skills need of employees, assist continuous development and professionalisation of civil servants to deliver responsibilities effectively and enhance efficiency. …

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Power cut in P’ling town upsets business

Without power supply, some shops remain closed to escape the heat

With no electricity supply, businesses in Phuentsholing town’s core area were adversely affected yesterday and the day before. A problem with the transformer at the Bhutan Power Corporation’s (BPC) substation that supplies power to the core area caused power disruption since the morning of August 5. Around 9am yesterday, the …

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Narphung roadblock likely to be cleared after two days

The road block has affected truckers

With the road at Teakshingri in Narphung, Samdrupjongkhar, still closed for traffic, commuters plying via the Samdrupjongkhar-Trashigang highway trans-shift the blocked area. Project DANTAK officials said it would take another two days to clear the block. Officials said that since people were aware of the roadblock, people trans-shift and there …

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Govt’s and Opposition’s take on unemployment

At the Meet the Press on July 30, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said that there were many vacancies than takers. Four state-owned enterprises (SOEs) had employed more than 400 people, said Agriculture Minister Yeshey Dorji. “As per FCBL’s mandate they need to establish offices at gewog level which is expected …

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Bhutan Airlines receives the second airbus319

Airbus 319 (Photo: Bhutan Airlines)

With the arrival of the second Airbus 319 on August 4 in Paro, the Bhutan Airlines now has a fleet of two aircraft. Two Airbus 319 are on lease for four years. Bhutan Airlines signed the lease agreement for two airbuses with AerCap, a global leader in aircraft leasing and …

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Roadblock at Ossey and Narphung yet to clear

The new block at Ossey occured a day after it was cleared (Photo: DoR)

At Narphung along the Samdrupjongkhar-Trashigang highway, heavy landslides and falling boulders have closed the traffic since evening of August 4. Machinery and men are deployed at the area. However, due to falling boulders and poor visibility maintenance was difficult, DoR chief engineer at Samdrupjongkhar, Jigme Choidup, said. “It is going …

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Bhutan a safe tourist destination: TCB survey

Nine out of every 10 international tourists, almost, have voted Bhutan as a safe tourist destination, according to Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) exit survey 2017. Similarly, about 91 percent of the regional tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives said Bhutan was a safe tourist destination. About 1,428 international visitors …

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Existing gender equality legislations are gender neutral: draft GEP

The existing legislation on gender equality in the country needs gender mainstreaming as most of the policies and plans are gender neutral and involve inadequate accountability on gender issues according to a desk review conducted for national Gender Equality Policy (GEP). Despite the policy protocol document providing a clear framework …

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The road at Teakshingri in Narphung, Samdrupjongkhar, is still closed for traffic after a landslide on August 4 caused the roadblock. Samdrupjongkhar police informed people traveling the Samdrupjongkhar-Trashigang highway that it would take another three to four days to clear the road. Although Project DANTAK is clearing the block, continuous …

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Party conventions – more than endorsing office bearers?

Dubbed the country’s biggest multi-purpose hall, the RIM hall in Thimphu has become a platform for political parties to showcase their support base in the form of crowd just ahead of the National Assembly elections. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is organising a second party convention in nine months today at …

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