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Fire destroyed about 16,000 acres of forest reserve in 2017-18

In 2017-18 year, Paro lost more than 8,000 acres of state forest reserve. This is according to the record with Forest Fire Management, Forest Protection and Enforcement Division. Records with the department showed that 37 forest fire incidences in 12 dzongkhags destroyed more than 16,000 acres of state forest reserve. …

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PDP almost achieved all its environment-related pledges

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government counted Bhutan for Life as one of party’s major pledges that it achieved. According to the 11th Plan report, for sustainable funding of environmental conservation initiatives in the country, a total of USD 43 million was committed under the Fund. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay stated …

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S/Jongkhar-T/gang highway to complete by next year

Blacktopping works along the 14km stretch will be carried out from October

The remaining widening and blacktopping works along the Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway will be completed by next year, according to project DANTAK officials in Moshi, Wamrong. More than a decade after the widening works began along the highway, frequent major roadblocks are a common feature along the stretch, especially during summer. Although …

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More than 70,000 jobseekers projected in next five years

About 70,469 jobseekers are projected to be in the market in the next five years according to the labour ministry’s jobseekers’ guide 2018. The jobseeker’s guide was developed since 2016 to aid jobseekers find gainful employment. The 12th Plan Human Resource Development (HRD) master plan projected about 66,000 jobseekers in …

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Improve coordination to improve regional connectivity, finds study

While the regional connectivity and trade has been on the agenda of all the governments in the Bay of Bengal region constituting Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, India and Bangladesh, the impact trickles down to people living in the region and their livelihood. To this effect, the Bhutan Media and Communication Institute …

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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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