• USD hits record high at Nu 73

    Indian rupee (INR) has been sliding against the USD in recent months and Bhutanese ngultrum, because it is pegged to INR, is under pressure. Losing 12 percent this year, INR is labelled by the Bloomberg as Asia’s worst performing currency.

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RCC technology approved for PHPA-I

Project completion date extended to July 2019 from April

Hydropower: The Punatsangchu-I dam would be the first major dam in the Himalayas to be constructed using the roller compacted concrete (RCC) technology, a shift from usual method of conventional vibrated concrete (CVC).

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Extraction at Takshasili to begin next month

The project is awaiting results from the quality test of the rock samples

Update: While the government has handed over the Takshasili quarry to Punatsangchu Hydroelectric Project Authority II (PHPA), the real extraction of the quarry would begin sometime next month, project officials said.

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Passenger bus and taxi fares revised

Transport: Starting yesterday, fares for passenger bus has increased by six percent for both local and long distance, while fares for taxi service fares has gone up by Nu 1 for long distance and Nu 3 for local on the existing rates.

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A state-of-the-art animal hospital

The hospital will also serve as an advanced referral-training centre for veterinary officials

DoL:  With in-patient facilities and operational round the clock, Bhutan’s veterinary hospital is expected to be the ‘state of the art’ when its construction completes in two years.

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Hot and wet, yet no water

No sight for permanent solution until 2018

Service: Samdrupjongkhar at this time is wet with the monsoon not relenting. But what they lack is reliable drinking water. Residents are irked with the shortage of water for the last two months.

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HM appoints Privy Council members, dzongdags

Appointment: His Majesty The King conferred the orange scarf to Dasho Sangay Wangchug of the Privy Council, and granted dhar to appoint the Privy Councilor of the Privy Council, and three dzongdags yesterday.

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Mid summer forest fire in Thimphu

Fire: Smoke billowing above Balithangkha village, opposite Wang Sinmu in Thimphu didn’t convince villagers that there was a forest fire above their village until the fire spread and covered about three acres yesterday afternoon.

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Trade holds imposed distance on bars in Trongsa

The trade department says the dzongkhag tshogdu has no authority to frame such rules

DT: The Department of Trade has put off enforcement of bylaws to space out bars by 50 meters from dzong and institutions in thromde and 100 meters from gewog centers and its institutions in Trongsa.

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