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Government’s plan to start slaughter house, a slap on GNH: DCT

The party is requesting the government to shelve its plan Meat: Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) said that the party is shocked at and deeply distressed by the government’s plan to start slaughterhouses in the country. The party said that while economic self-reliance and food self-sufficiency are critical national objectives, the ...

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OAG amendment bill 2014 endorsed

Parliament: With a joint sitting of Parliament endorsing the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) amendment bill 2014 yesterday, the attorney general will now be accountable to the His Majesty the King and the prime minister. By accountability, it means that the attorney general is answerable to His Majesty the ...

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RAA unearths lapses in Denchi township development

Asks to take action against engineers and dzongkhag officials Report: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has asked the Ministry of Works and Human Settlements (MoWHS) to take action against the ministry’s officials for irregularities and lapses in development of roads for Denchi town, Pemagatshel. The authority has also asked the ...

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Not too late for Bhutan to address drug abuse problem

Meeting: If the ever-growing drug addiction or abuse issue is to be addressed, it is still not late for Bhutan to start putting in place stringent “preventive” measures. Although there are several drug preventive programmes currently being followed in the country, they do not have evidence-based effect.   Bhutan also ...

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Picture story

Bhutan4Nepal: Five Pandits and Pourihits (Hindu Monks) are reciting Srimad Bhagavad paath (sacred Hindu scripture) at the Durga Mandir in Thimphu for the affected in the Nepal earthquake. The Hindu Dharma Samudaya of Bhutan is coordinating the three-day recitation that started yesterday. The samudaya has donated 108 cases of packaged ...

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Motorists get street smart in SJ

Law & Order: The zero tolerance initiative of the Royal Bhutan Police is working, going by the number of motorists penalised.  And it is not only in the capital. In the capital, following incidents after the initiative was introduced, the thromde was asked to designate pick-up and drop zones on ...

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ACES seeks to recruit Bhutanese

Jobs: Arabian Centers Employment Services (ACES), one of the largest recruitment groups, will recruit Bhutanese jobseekers in the Middle East countries. The Dubai-based recruitment group’s president, (Dr) Samer Salibi, who met with the labour minister in Thimphu last week, said that discussions were held on the possibility of recruiting Bhutanese ...

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Govt. to pump Nu 20M more annually into LG

In line with the LG member’s entitlement bill endorsed yesterday Parliament: The government will spend about Nu 20M (million) more annually, as mobile voucher allowances and earned leave encashment for local government (LG) members, as per the LG members’ entitlement bill that the joint sitting of Parliament endorsed yesterday. The ...

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Are hybrid cars getting short-thrift?

Vehicles: With all eyes and heads on the electric cars, hybrid cars, which the economic development policy, 2010, accorded equal fiscal incentives like the e-cars enjoy today, have been forgotten. According to the economic development policy, 2010 which is valid until December 31, 2015, both electric and hybrid cars were ...

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Joint sitting endorses bio-safety bill

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But the country currently doesn’t have the capacity to identify GMOs Parliament: With the joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council endorsing the Bio-safety Bill 2014 yesterday, import, transit, research and development, and introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country have now become illegal. GMOs ...

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Ambulance driver charged for culpable driving and negligence

Accident: Five months after an ambulance driver hit a five-year-old boy in Dewathang, police  on May 11 charged the 23-year-old driver to court for culpable driving and negligence. The incident occurred on December 5, 2014 when the driver for Dewathang hospital had gone to the army colony, a few kilometres ...

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The death trap that is our roads

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COVER STORY: Road safety is a collective responsibility that comes from mutual respect of all road users  More than a million people die every year on the roads.  This is a figure of world roads put together.  And no less than 50 million sustain non-fatal injuries as a result of road ...

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  • The new dispensation

    It was busy yesterday (Friday), with Thimphu residents engaging in another round of exchange of goodwill and offering of khadars, as a new group of officers take up important posts in the government and constitutional offices.

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  • Waifs but well fed ones: Either these pups have a guardian angel or there’s a butcher nearby Photo by Yash Wangchuk, Gelephu
  • From wheel to wall: A bicycle ringer finds a more static use in the form of a makeshift doorbell Photo by Bidur Rai, Mountain Hazelnut, Risrrbu, Wamrong
  • Shooting the messenger: An electric fence and a signboard mutilated by those shocked by the former Photo by Janga Bdr MoAF, Yusipang, Thimphu
  • The old and the mule: Both the taxi and the ass do not belong any longer on the road Photo by Arjun Subba, Kheyrig Institute