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His Holiness the Je Khenpo presided over the 100,000 recitations of Buddha Maiteriya (Jow Jampa) prayer, which began yesterday at the Kabji Choeten Nyingpo, Punakha. Thousands of devotees are attending the recitation. Photo: Sonam Zangmo

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PM expected to visit India next month

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering is expected to visit New Delhi, India before the end of this year or the first Parliament session. The date government has proposed to the Indian government is sometime towards the end of next month. Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji said the proposal was conveyed …

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Fifth session of CED held in Bangkok

The fifth session of the Committee on Environment and Development (CED) was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from November 21-23.  It was organised by UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP). Secretary of the National Environment Commission (NEC), Sonam P. Wangdi and Chief of Policy and …

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Thromde taskforce to monitor sale of controlled substances

After the signing: The thromde taskforce

A multi-sectorial taskforce has been formed under Phuentsholing thromde to collectively enhance efforts to monitor and inspect illicit sale and distribution of controlled substances in the border town. The taskforce include members from the thromde office, the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), customs, immigration, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), …

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Justice sector’s strategic plan highlights challenges

As Bhutan’s justice sector grows in size, complexity and relevance, the need for it to evolve to meet the emerging challenges grew too, according to the justice sector strategic plan 2018-2023. The plan, launched earlier this month in Thimphu, stated that it is expected to improve coordination between justice service …

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Farm shops buy-back 18MT of agri-produce

The buy-back scheme initiated by the agriculture marketing and cooperatives department, saw six farm shops purchasing about 18 MT of maize, cabbage and pigeon pea in the last fiscal year. To provide an assured market for agriculture produce, the government initiated buy-back scheme as one of the main functions of …

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Following the completion of renovation works at the Bhutanese monastery in Bodhgaya, India His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the temple on November 21. Renovation work included wall painting and construction of a guest house. There are seven monks at the monastery today.

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His Holiness the Je Khenpo arrived in the country yesterday after presiding over the salang tendrel to construct a Bhutanese lhakhang and Moenlam Chhenmo in Rajgir in Bihar, India last week. Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering and cabinet ministers received His Holiness at Paro international airport. (Photo:  PMO)

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ACC appeals desuung case to SC 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) appealed to the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday against the High Court’s acquittal judgements for the eight officers and two non-commissioned officers of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) in the desuung case last month. Officials from ACC said they appealed because the prosecutor (RBA), did not appeal against the …

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Central school programme under review

One of the flagship programmes of the previous government, the central school, is under review and is likely to undergo major improvement, according to government sources. Recently, the Cabinet asked the Gross National Happiness Commission while reviewing programmes of the 12th Plan to relook into the expansion of the central …

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Minister requests GoI to exempt GST on agriculture products

In his recent meeting with the Indian foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale, foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji raised the issue of the impact of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on cardamom. “When I was at a meeting the foreign secretary, I requested him to reconsider exemption of GST for our agriculture products …

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