• Audit finds major lapses in PMB, New York

    The Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) in its report has pointed out major discrepancies and irregularities in the Permanent Mission of Bhutan (PMB) to the United Nations at New York, USA in the last two fiscal years. 

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A fire damaged the agriculture marketing shed, B-COOP near the Centenary Farmers Market in Thimphu yesterday evening. The fire that started around 5:45pm  was contained by 6:30pm

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Kanglung residents upset over delay in fuel depot construction 

No progress has been made at the site since excavation works began early this year

After the excavation works started to build a fuel depot in Kanglung, Trashigang early this year, the area in Mertsham today remains covered in stagnated rainwater and overgrowth. The gewog’s first fuel depot was supposed to be completed by June this year but no progress has been made at the …

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  Even with a double-storied parking, Trashigang town was overwhelmed with traffic during the recent tshechu that was held from November 15 to 20

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Hydropower loan forms 94 percent of INR debt

Hydropower loans, which account for 94 percent of rupee debt and almost 70 percent of the total outstanding external debt of Nu 172B as of March this year, is bloating the country’s debt. The 12th Plan targets to lower the debt to GDP ratio to 61 percent from 115. One of …

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Yeshey Lhamo who runs Kukham Wellness, a spa, in Lobesa, Punakha was awarded Nu 500,000 without any collateral from the Bank of Bhutan. The business proposal was chosen out of three proposals made by entrepreneurs who attended the BoB Empowering Entrepreneur programme in June this year as part of the …

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Draft action plan gets a boost

Giving campaign funds is one of the ways to encourage women to contest elections the participants at the two-day third national conference on women in politics, leadership and governance, over hundred men and women agreed. “Women should be given additional funding above what would be given to the male contestants,” …

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2,017 Bhutanese studying in Australia 

Scholarship recipients with BAAA executive members and officials

Australia Awards (AA) will offer diploma and certificate level courses in areas of tourism and hospitality from next year. This was shared yesterday at the farewell reception for AA scholarship recipients in Thimphu. The diploma and certificate level courses would be offered in addition to short courses and informal learning …

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Tsirang and Mongar recognised as best performing dzongkhags in NA election 

The Election Commission of Bhutan has recognised Tsirang as the best performing dzongkhag in the conduct of the National Assembly parliamentary elections 2018. Mongar is the second best performing dzongkhag. Dzongkhags were assessed based on 11 different areas of electoral activities, which were shared with the 20 dzongkhags. The areas …

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15 acres of land left fallow at Thimyul

Until the suspension bridge is rebuilt, Tashi Wangmo and her friend will have to cross the Kurichu suspension bridge at Gangzur gewog to reach Thimyul

At least 15 acres of paddy field have been left fallow at Thimyul village in Gangzur, Lhuentse this year after a flood washed away the water source last year. The land, which belongs to Thimyul Dratshang is cultivated by about 20 households of Kelungkhar village. The flood, which affected about …

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Trashigang flood restoration works yet to begin

Safety last? With restoration works to rebuild the broken flood protection wall and other areas in town yet to begin, the children’s park in Trashigang town has become a risk prone area

Metal rods on either side of the flood protection wall remain exposed while pieces of the railings hang carelessly. These are some of the remains the flash flood of July 22 left behind in Trashing town. The children’s park that was covered in muck from the flood remains covered in dust today. Parts of the …

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Fire guts three sawmills in Haa

A fire that burnt four sawmills in Kartshog gewog, Haa could not be contained until 7:30 pm yesterday according to a local government official.  Kartshog gup Kencho told Kuensel that the fire started around 3pm and no casualties were reported. An LPG cylinder also exploded, according to the sources.  Of …

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RENEW honours its volunteers

It was in the summer of 2013 when a woman in Bumthang heard residents discussing about a rape of a nine-year-old student in one of the schools. She approached some schoolteachers and health officials, who denied having any knowledge. She didn’t give up but probed further, sending messages to teachers …

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