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Opposition calls for reinstatement of secretaries

They have also asked for the Cabinet and the economic affairs minister to be held accountable RCSC: The opposition party yesterday called for the reinstatement of the three surrendered government secretaries to their original positions, stating that imposing a major penalty in the form of a reassignment for procedural lapses ...

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Finance ministry faces contradictory targets

Anomalies were highlighted during midterm review of MoF performance agreement Fiscal: Some of the targets the finance ministry agreed to in the performance agreement signed with the government are contradicting other targets the ministry is working to achieve. For instance, the ministry agreed to secure concessional loans, but securing more ...

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Tourist footfalls well below eastern Bhutan target

Around one-sixth of the projected number visited eastern parts of the country Tourism: Only about 3.6 percent of the international tourists visited the eastern parts of the country last year, against the target of 20 percent that the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) had set to improve regional spread of ...

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Cabinet violated rules, economic affairs minister misled nation: Opposition

Breaking: The Opposition Party has asked the government to reinstate the three secretaries – that the government “surrendered” and the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) recently announced they would reassign – to their original posts, in a statement issued today. The Opposition also called for the Lhengye Zhungtshog to be ...

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When will Sarpang rise from the ashes?

Victim-shopkeepers wonder how long it will take before they can get back on their feet Update: While dzongkhag officials are still compiling reports on property damage from the February 15 fire that gutted 81 shops in Sarpang town, residents are impatient to start their business at the new town location. ...

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Expedite environment clearance process: PM

NEC: The environment clearance process has to be shortened to allow quicker implementation of development activities and setting up of industries, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. After the mid-term review presentation of its performance agreement by the National Environment Commission (NEC) yesterday, Lyonchoen, who is also the chairperson of the ...

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BDBL takes over community centres

Banking: The Bhutan Development Bank Ltd (BDBL) took over operation and management of community centres (CCs) from Bhutan Post on March 1. While an official ceremony to mark the transfer did not take place, a committee comprising all agencies involved finalised the transfer last week. The transfer will not disrupt ...

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Late snow: Schools remained closed in Haa yesterday after the dzongkhag was covered under a blanket of snow. Pictured above is Katsho village.     

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Irrigation master plan by this year

An integrated water resources management plan also in the works IWRM: In the past decade, investments in irrigation dwindled affecting crop yield, especially of paddy, and led to fields turning fallow. The absence of a long-term plan was the problem, agriculture officials said. Agriculture chief engineer, Karma Tshethar, said: “We ...

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With sacred mask dances performed in a nunnery, Tashiphu village in Sershong, Gelephu, witnessed its first tshechu last week. The tshechu, which ended on March 1 was dedicated to prevent birth obstacles (Lo Kag) of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and His Holiness the Je Khenpo. Lam Yeshi Dorji ...

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Over-speeding led to Gomtu-bound bus accident

Traffic: The Gomtu bound Meto transport coaster bus, which rammed into a speeding truck and killed three passengers in Madarihaat on March 1, was over-speeding, injured passengers told Kuensel. Most of the injured passengers, who are recovering at Phuentsholing hospital, said the late driver didn’t pay heed to the passengers’ ...

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Red sander wood smuggler gets three years

The court also ordered him to pay a fine of Nu 0.915 million Verdict: As the Haa valley remained covered in a blanket of snow, the district court yesterday handed over a 22-year old farmer to police after he was found guilty of smuggling 962.5 kgs of red sander wood ...

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