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Council divided on whether CSR should be mandatory

The clause will be revisited before it’s presented again for endorsement 

Council: The issue of whether Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending should be made mandatory for profit-making companies was the highlight of the discussion on Companies Bill in the National Council yesterday.

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Finding solutions as Bhutanese first, not parties


A pre -electoral coalition among political parties and consultation on long-term strategies could support the democratic process

Politics: Coalition may be considered a sensitive term in Bhutan’s party politics, but it’s meaning is much broader than forming a coalition government alone.

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Panbang in dire need of fuel depot


Resources: BM hiring’s tripper driver, Phuntsho Tobgay, just returned from Nanglam with couple of barrels of diesel to Panbang, which the company would use for construction of Kamati farm road in Bjoka in Zhemgang.

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Purpose of civilizations is to create just societies: PM


Lyonchoen stressed on the need to return to the basic values of civilization in his address at the India Ideas Conclave

Visit: “Which is the world’s greatest civilization?” Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay asked as he addressed over 350 participants of the second India Ideas Conclave in Goa, India yesterday.

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International petition seeks attention for mountain countries

The petition, which will be tabled at COP21, is urging Bhutan to join the call for attention

COP 21: In a move to seek adequate attention to the impact of climate change on mountain regions and human communities that depend on them, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat based in Rome, Italy, which began an international online petition is now urging Bhutanese to sign it.

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Gasa to get new township

Urbanization: The only district without a township, Gasa, will finally have one before the end of this year. The move comes more than two decades after Gasa was separated from Punakha. Plot distribution will shortly take place. The district has the largest area but the smallest population. Nomadic highlanders make up the majority of the population.

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Sipsu gets a fuel station


Transport: People of the five gewogs of Tashicholing (Sipsu) gewog in Samtse will no more need to travel all the way to Samtse town to fuel their vehicles and avail liquid petroleum Gas (LPG).

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Zebra crossing campaign instills etiquette on the road


The campaign to sensitize road users on zebra crossings will continue, say police 

Traffic: An old man and a young monk wait at a zebra crossing to get over the other side of the road. A driver stops his car. He waits for the duo to cross the road. The little monk nervously gestures the driver to go. The driver smiles and lets them cross the zebra crossing first.

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Council drops Enterprise Registration Bill

Proposed Assembly to do the same, and redo it

NC: The National Council did not deliberate the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015 that the Economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk introduced in the house yesterday.

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My Country, My Town

  • Role change: This defunct outdoor tap now serves as the next best thing: a soap-dish hanger. Photo by Tulsi Subba, Dagana
  • Passengers, please note: Please take your legs off before sliding into this front seat. Photo by Tashi Namgay
  • Down but not out: The lock on the door reveals that half a house is better than none. Photo by Jimba Dorji
  • A once-upon-a-time scooter: Two-wheeler that has been stripped of virtually all but its two wheels. Photo by Bidur Rai
  • Clocktower sans clock: You know what they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. Photo by Ezoo Kee
  • In lieu of a hard hat: A TV in need of protection from falling debris at a construction site. Photo by Kumar Rai, Pasakha