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Whose responsibility? With garbage collection irregular, a waste disposal site in Changzamtog, Thimphu is turning into a landfill (Photo Karma Dupchu)

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Parents appeal PM to reconsider underage admission

Representatives of parents and private schools appeal to the PM yesterday

Representatives of parents, proprietors and principals of private schools submitted a petition to the Prime Minister yesterday appealing the government to regularise the admission of underage pre-primary (PP) students for the 2019 academic session. The appeal comes after the education ministry last month revoked the admission of 890 PP students …

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Committee tables 18 recommendations to budget report 

The economic and finance committee of the National Assembly yesterday presented 18 recommendations to the budget report 2019-20, of which the House deliberated five and endorsed four. The committee recommended the government to review and revise the Economic Development Policy (EDP) and the National Employment Policy to enhance economic growth …

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MoWHS minister questioned on delayed road projects 

The road connecting Dagapela and Lamoizingkha would be completed by the end of this year, two years after missing the deadline. Lamoizingkha Tashiding MP, Hemant Gurung asked the minister of works and human settlement, Dorji Tshering on the reasons for delay in the project during the question hour at the …

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Committee terminates contract for EW highway works

The stretch between Bjeezam to Trongsa town

The Department of Roads’ (DoR) regional office in Trongsa has terminated the contract works of Raven Construction, the firm that is executing the widening works from Bjeezam to Trongsa town. It was learnt that a ministerial-level committee decided to terminate the contract since works were not only lagging behind schedule but …

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Samdrupjongkhar police arrests three for alleged murder 

Samdrupjongkhar police arrested two men and a woman for alleged murder of a 36 year-old man in Gomdar, Samdrupjongkhar last month. The incident occurred on May 19 between 8am and 9am in Bruimi in Gomdar gewog. To read more, please subscribe by registering at

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Procurement rules leave lone gas factory gasping in Gelephu

There are more than 1,000 filled oxygen cylinders lying ideal at the factory

Earlier this year, the regional referral hospital in Gelephu ran out of oxygen cylinders. It was learnt that the cylinder consignment from the medical supply depot in Phuentsholing en route to Gelephu was delayed due to a strike along the Indian highway. To read more, please subscribe by registering at …

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Metrology law to standardise weighing units

The need for a metrology law for Bhutan was discussed during the second South Asian Association for Regional Corporation (SAARC) and Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)workshop on best practice in metrology law development in Thimphu, yesterday. Framing a metrology law would mean an agency adopting the legal requirement for measurement and measuring instruments. This …

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Changjiji residents still grapple with water shortage

Almost two decades after the establishment of Changjiji colony in Thimphu, residents are still grappling with acute water shortage. While some residents have started receiving continuous water supply, many households get water only for few hours. Some residents say they do not get water for days. To read more, please …

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Assembly passes pay revision Bill, raises legal issues 

Amid legality matters surrounding the pay hike for the Speaker and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the National Assembly yesterday passed the pay revision Bill. The economic and finance committee’s proposal to pay the Speaker and Chief Justice more than the ministers and equivalents was an attempt to distinguish …

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Gewog annual grant replaces GDG

As per the guidelines for gewog annual grants 2019, gewogs with their centres located more than 50 kilometres from the dzongkhag headquarters may get an engineer and an accountant each. “The dzongkhag administration must designate an engineer and an account personnel for each gewog from the dzongkhag pool. However, for …

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NA passes pay revision Bill 

The deliberation on the pay revision bill at the National Assembly saw more discussions on the need to revise allowances than the salary. Four of the five recommendations made were on allowances. Chairperson of the economics and finance committee, Athang-Thedtsho MP Kinley Wangchuk submitted the five-point recommendations on the Pay …

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