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MP Dhan Kumar’s journey to National Council

MP Dhan Kumar Sunwa

When Dhan Kumar Sunwar, 31, was declared National council-elect from Tsirang, beating 11 contestants on April 20, his parents broke down with happiness. “For them, I won and for me, the public of Tsirang won by electing me as their representative,” the NC member said. But for the 31 year …

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INR exchange counter opens at P’ling immigration office

Governor Dasho Penjore interacts with the first exchange counter client yesterday

The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) yesterday opened an Indian Rupee (INR) exchange counter at the immigration office in Phuentsholing. All visitors and tourists from India can avail the exchange facility and convert their INR into Ngultrum. INR denomination up to Rupee 500 will be accepted. Regional director with the RMA …

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REDCL’s non-performing loan reduced to 18%

The Rural Enterprise Development Corporation (REDCL) was able to bring down its ratio of non-performing loan (NPL) to 18.7 percent this year from 27 percent in 2017, surpassing its target of 25 percent. According to the REDCL’s annual report, reducing the NPL was one of the major tasks. This year …

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Great-grandfather alleged of sexually assaulting three children

Unlike many students, who look forward to going home after school, a 13-year-old girl and her two stepsisters in Trashigang dreaded going home. The three children, who study in a school in Trashigang, alleged that their 83-year-old great-grandfather sexually assaulted them. The 13-year-old was taken to the hospital. Sources say …

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Water treatment plant construction misses second deadline

The deadline has been extended to November this year

After missing two deadlines, Samdrupjongkhar thromde has given a time extension of six and half months to the contractor to complete the construction of the ongoing water treatment plant (WTP). A joint venture construction company, Tundi-Tacho, i s executing the works worth Nu 89M. The construction, which started in May …

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More air quality monitoring stations required, says NEC

To get a comprehensive representation of air quality in the country, National Environment Commission (NEC) is working towards installing more air quality monitoring (AQM) stations in the country. There are more than 10 AQM stations covering five dzongkhags of Bumthang, Chukha, Thimphu, Samdrupjongkhar and Trashigang today. Among the AQM, five …

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Environmental officers discuss 35 issues and challenges

Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji at the closing of the environmental officers’ conference

Environmental officers from 20 dzongkhags and four thromdes raised about 35 issues and challenges related to water Act, waste Act, and environmental assessment Act and regulations at the four-day annual environmental officers’ conference in Thimphu. Environment officers and the officials from National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) made recommendations on the …

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20 participants complete social work certificate course

SCE plans to introduce social work as a programme next year

To equip participants with knowledge, skills and insights required to be efficient social work professionals, the first certificate course on social work completed in Thimphu yesterday. The certificate course is one of the activities Samtse College of Education (SCE) is conducting to initiate a bachelors degree programme in social work …

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Law review taskforce recommends 29 Acts be amended

With the law review taskforce completing its assignment, the upcoming sessions of the Parliament are expected to be busy with legislative Bills. The taskforce, formed under the chairmanship of the Attorney General, has recommended 29 Acts to be amended after a review of 126 Acts. The taskforce has recommended 15 …

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PM meets Indian external affairs minister

Indian external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj calls on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in New Delhi yesterday evening. Lyonchhen is on a three-day official visit to Delhi.

The Indian external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, called on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay in New Delhi yesterday evening. The two leaders discussed on taking the Bhutan-India relations to new heights during this celebration of the 50 years of establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries. Lyonchhen is on …

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Stakeholders discuss water Act for better implementation

Environment officers from 20 dzongkhags and four thromdes are attending the conference

Annual environmental officers’ conference on July 4 discussed issues of classification of water abstraction from riverbanks, restriction of activities within the buffer zone, and dzongkhag receiving water disputes without gewog resolution. These were raised as challenges of provisions in the water act of Bhutan 2011, which required clarification for better …

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1098-Toll-free number for women and children

Toll-free helpline will be launched officially on October 11

In an effort to help women and children during difficult settings, Human Settlement Minister Dorji Choden launched the pilot phase of toll-free helpline 1098 in Thimphu yesterday. The helpline service is an important component of the protection system, which is expected to help initiate immediate and improved services for women …

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