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Two views on plastic ban

The ban was reinforced since April (file photo)

The ban on plastic carry bags, doma wrappers and ice cream pouches that was reinforced on April 1, two decades after it was first introduced, has not been received well by the public. Three months after the ban reinforcement, grocery stores, vegetable sellers and roadside vendors continue to use plastic …

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Bhutan achieve Hepatitis B control

Bhutan has become one of the first countries in the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, with the prevalence of the deadly disease dropping to less than one per cent among five-year-old children. The achievement announced by the WHO on July 26 come days …

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PM to visit Pemagatshel soon

If weather permits, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering will visit Pemagatshel soon. He said this at the sixth meet the press session on July 26. Lyonchhen had told during the campaign period that he would start his official visit from Pemagatshel. To read more, please subscribe by registering at www.ekuensel.com

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NCHM to enhance capacity for meteorological observation in Wangchu basin valleys

JICA and government officials sign the project framework

The project for capacity enhancement of meteorological observation, flood forecasting and early warning for disaster preparedness and response in Thimphu and Paro river basins will be implemented from next year. The three-year project will be implemented by National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology (NCHM) in collaboration with Department of Disaster …

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Salary revision: What lies in wait for corporate employees and RBP?

Following salary rise for civil servants, corporate employees and the Royal Bhutan Police are waiting for theirs. Finance Minister Namgay Tshering said that the government was yet to decide since the ministry was still working on the fixation of civil servants pay revision. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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Cabinet empowered to manage Parliament approved funds: OAG

Legal experts and parliamentarians remain divided on the legality of the government’s decision to replace Zhemgang with Sarpang as one of the tourism flagship dzongkhags. The issue arose after the government through a June 14 letter approved the proposal from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) to include Sarpang in …

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PM Modi and Japanese Prince to visit Bhutan next month

Prince Hisahito

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bhutan on August 18 for a two-day state visit, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said at ‘meet the press’ yesterday. He said the foreign ministry is working with the Indian embassy to discuss and confirm activities during the visit. According to the Prime Minister, …

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Urban poor will be identified for subsidised LPG

PM at the meet the press

The trade department’s decision to lift subsidised LPG from the four thromdes starting next year received a lot of criticism both online and offline. Disagreeing with the decision, netizens questioned the basis. One said the urban residents should receive the subsidy as they pay higher electricity tariff while rural people …

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Uphold Parliament’s decision on Zhemgang: Speaker

The government must implement the Parliament’s decision on the tourism flagship programme where one of the four focus dzongkhags was Zhemgang as provided in the Budget and Appropriation Act 2019-20. The National Assembly Speaker conveyed this in writing to the opposition leader, the prime minister, the Tourism Council of Bhutan …

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Add value to APA or do away with it: PM

As the annual performance agreement (APA) for the current fiscal year is being reviewed, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said that he will not sign any document that he is uncomfortable with. Even at the cost of delay, Lyonchhen said, he wants to ensure that the agencies and the government …

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Feeding programme to be piloted in 20 schools

Students in Yebilaptsa, Zhemgang share a school meal

The agriculture ministry would select a school each in every dzongkhag to pilot the school-feeding programme and supply nutritious food, the agriculture minister Yeshey Penjore said. The move comes after the government decided to transfer the stipend for the revised feeding programme to the agriculture ministry from the education ministry. …

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SOEs not competing with private sector

Finance Minister Namgay Tshering

The government has completed reviewing the 14 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) under the finance ministry. While the review was completed in about three months, as pledged by the government, finance minister Namgay Tshering, at the sixth meet the press yesterday, said that the findings were not yet formally presented to the …

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