• DPT enters general round with existing 47 candidates

    Amid speculations about its strategy for the general election, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has confirmed that the party has no plans to replace its candidates to contest in the general round next month. DPT spokesperson Dorji Wangdi told Kuensel the party has already instructed all the existing 47 candidates to file in their nomination with the respective returning officer. “We have asked our candidates to remain in their constituency to file in their nomination,” he said.

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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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Roadblock strands hundreds of trucks in Pasakha

A car gets stuck while crossing the stream at Baunijhora

More than 200 trucks of Pasakha industrial estate have been stuck and immovable due to the roadblock at Bhalujhora since the morning of July 4. The trucks are queued on the road from both sides of Pasakha. A huge landslide near the Bhalujhora bridge has caused this blockage. The Baunijhora …

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Samdrupjongkhar town residents face water shortage

Samdrupjongkhar town residents have been fetching water from a pond to meet the shortage

It’s been more than a week since the residents of upper and middle Samdrupjongkhar town have been struggling with an acute shortage of drinking water. People are carrying water in their vehicles while those who don’t have cars are spending hours every day travelling to the pond, waiting in the …

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RCSC institutes GtP to address sexual harassment issues

The Royal Civil Service Commission instituted “Go to Person” (GtP) on July 3 to help civil servants report incidences related to sexual harassment at the workplace. The initiative is aimed to clear performance hindrances by providing an avenue for the civil servants to raise their issues and concerns. While other …

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