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Additional construction leads to footpath construction delay

The delay has likely led to rise in the project cost

The construction of a six-kilometre footpath from Lungtenzampa to Babesa, which was supposed to be completed by September last year, has been delayed due to additional construction. The construction is expected to complete this month. Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said that additional projects had to be taken up such as the ...

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Learners hold onto their last NFE centre in Sangbaykha

NFE learners practise a Dzongkha dance

A group of men and women are practising a performance at the school ground in Bebji village of Sangbaykha gewog, Haa. The group consists of elderly non-formal education (NFE) learners. The NFE learners at the last centre in Sangbaykha applaud after each performance. Harka Bahadur Rai is one of the ...

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Conservation officials accused of embezzling fund

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is reviewing the report of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) investigation into a fund embezzlement case in Takin restocking work. The ACC forwarded the investigation report, asking for probable prosecution last month. The OAG prosecutor said they are reviewing the ACC report to determine ...

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Multidimensional poverty drops between 2012 and 2017

About 6 percent of Bhutanese are multidimensionally poor this year, a decrease from 12 percent in 2012, according to the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2017. The report stated that among indicators belonging to the dimension of living standards, there was a large improvement in cooking fuel and sanitation between 2012 ...

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Startups face challenges with policies and non-availability of raw materials

Despite efforts to promote entrepreneurship in the country, government policies and availability of raw materials constrain startups in the country. A 26-year-old entrepreneur who started his business six months ago said that most of the government policies are aimed at bigger businesses. “When we suggest about finding investors from abroad, ...

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Thromde yet to decide on incinerator

Thimphu Thromde and stakeholders will decide whether the country should use waste incinerator after a viability study is completed. Environmental officer of Thimphu Tromde, Phub Tshering, said incinerators are expensive and could have financial implications. “High-tech incinerator could cost over millions.” It was found that a drug incinerator was needed ...

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SC upholds HC judgment for two men involved in sander wood business

Upholding the High Court’s (HC) judgment, the Supreme Court (SC) dismissed the appeal made by two men from Paro to change their three-year non-compoundable sentences to compoundable. The two men, Thinley and Sangay, appealed to the SC after the High Court, altering the Paro Court’s judgment, which gave them one-year ...

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Taktse graduate to contest for NC from Mongar


A 32-year-old former employee with a private firm, Neten has registered to contest in the upcoming National Council elections from Mongar. Neten is from Sanadang village, Chagsakhar, Mongar and has served eight years with the Royal Bhutan Police. After completing class X, Neten enrolled as a police constable in 2005. ...

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Laya students on an educational tour to Thimphu and Paro

The students attended a Driglam Namzha session after visiting Dechenphu Lhakhang

Unlike past winters when she used to herd yaks in the highlands, Dorji Dema, 14, from Laya is in Thimphu and Paro this winter holidays. Securing 70 percent in class five, she is among 15 students from Laya Lower Secondary School in Gasa, who are on an educational tour to ...

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Task force completes law review

The National Law Review Taskforce (NLRT) instituted to review and propose changes to harmonise conflicting provisions of laws with the Constitution and other laws, has completed the review. Chairperson of the task force, Attorney General Shera Lhundup said the report is being compiled.   “It is most likely to be ...

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Drukair’s ATR grounded, domestic flights suspended

Drukair flights to three domestic airports have been temporarily suspended following the grounding of the aircraft, ATR42-500 since December 29. According to airline officials, a technical glitch in one of the engines has grounded the aircraft. An inspection of the aircraft is currently underway after the inter turbine temperature (ITT) ...

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Armed force families sensititsed on saving income

BDBL hands over a Drinchen Ama Saving box to a household member at RBG mess

Members from the armed forces opened about 863 saving accounts with the Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL) on December 31, 2017. The bank organised a sensitisation programme for head of the families of the armed force on the benefits of saving. Similar programmes were held on the same day in ...

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