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Dagachhu hydropower project commissioned

Hydropower: Coinciding with His Majesty the King’s 35th birth anniversary, the 126 megawatt (MW) Dagachhu hydroelectric project was commissioned earlier today. The commercial flow of energy from the Dagachhu project to India began at 12:30am today. A total generation of 14.3MW was recorded.

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His Majesty The King in Sarpang

Sarpang: His Majesty The King visited Sarpang Town, where 81 shops and huts were damaged in a fire on Sunday, and met with the people. His Majesty also granted a separate Audience to the heads of the affected families. His Majesty commended the government, armed forces, BIFA and Desuups for ...

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A slump in the saddle of the Horse Year

Yearender/Economy: The economy, in the year of the horse, did not gallop; probably the venom of the serpent from the snake year (2013) hobbled the horse. The country’s GDP growth plummeted to an all time low at 2.05 percent, from 4.6 percent in the previous year.  The slump in growth ...

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Of lofty dreams and ground realities

Yearender/Hydropower: The horse gave up the race half way.  It in fact neighed at the 10,000 MW by 2020 dreams. The hydropower dream that was under vigorous consideration was dead in the water, as the year progressed.  It was officially believed that 10,000 MW by 2020 would be no longer ...

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Record land kidu granted

Yearender/Land: The year of the Wood Male Horse will go down as a historic year for thousands of poor and landless farmers in rural Bhutan. In one year, His Majesty the King granted land kidu to 25,815 beneficiaries in Zhemgang, Pemagatshel and Samdrupjongkhar, taking the kidu recipients to 102,336 people ...

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The farm is back in focus

Yearender/Agriculture: The Horse Year saw plenty of work on the farms and the markets. It was also a rewarding year for some farmers in the eastern parts of the country.  For the first time, large number of farmers received national merit silver awards on a national day for their work ...

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Online migration making headway

Yearender/ICT: While information and communications technology continues to advance, the past year showed that our legislation and capabilities to counter cyber crime have remained more or less static. Despite it being a crime, several locally made pornographic movie clips were shared by users of a mobile application – WeChat.  When ...

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Spiritual wellbeing of country strengthened

Yearender/Religion: Preservation of Bhutan’s rich spiritual heritage, consolidating and sanctifying historical monuments, and strengthening the spiritual wellbeing of the country, were the highlights of the religious activities in the year of the wood male horse. His Majesty the King, on July 10, placed the first sachu bumter (religious vessel for ...

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Cementing ties, expanding role

Yearender/Foreign Affairs: Bhutan not only consolidated its diplomatic relations, especially with India, in the past year, but it also made a significant expansion as a member of the international community. The close diplomatic relations and shared spiritual heritage between Bhutan and India were once again displayed the past year, with ...

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They don’t tell; we don’t ask

Yearender/Media: Why don’t you ask tough questions? That was what an Indian journalist observed about Bhutanese media when they were in the country during Prime Minister Modi’s visit. Let alone tough questions, the Bhutanese media didn’t ask many questions. So the visit was covered mainly through pictures, just as had ...

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Of new beginnings

Yearender/Judiciary: It was literally a year of new beginnings for the judiciary. The year saw the inauguration of the seat of the judiciary, the new Supreme Court complex, inaugurated by the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi.  On June 15, Prime Minister Modi, who visited Bhutan as his first foreign destination ...

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Corruption gets its comeuppance

Yearender/ACC: Either the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) is going gung ho in its fight against corruption, or corruption is on the rise, going by the cases in the commission’s hand. The year of the horse saw several high profile cases, like the lhakhang Karpo issue, Gelephu dungpa’s embezzlement and fraudulent ...

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