• 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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Opposition to support establishment of thromdes in all dzongkhags

The opposition had earlier expressed skepticism over its feasibility Thromde: The opposition party will support the proposal to establish dzongkhag thromdes and yenla thromdes in twenty dzongkhags in the upcoming session of parliament despite skepticism from some quarters. Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden will present the boundaries of …

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Honour: Recipients of the Annual Journalism Award 2015 with chief guest, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk. Dzongkha Editor of Kuensel, Rinzin Wangchuk (not in the picture) received the Jigme Singye Wangchuck Prestigious Journalism award. The award was instituted with support from the Royal Office for Media …

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BHUTAN grc receives the outstanding company award at the 17th International GRCA Congress held at Raddison Blu, Dubai from April 19 to 21 in recognition of the excellent production techniques and manufacturing high quality materials used to enhance projects in the region. Established in 2002 to manufacture Bhutanese architectural components …

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Is Bhutan ready for the big one?

Not by a long shot, given the tardiness with which the infrastructure of the dept. concerned is being set up Disaster: How prepared is Bhutan?  This is the question on the minds of many Bhutanese since they felt the tremors of the earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25. For …

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One more convicted for tampering with witness

Chief supervisor has to refund Nu 71,550 for unaccounted nine labourers Verdict: Of the six individuals charged with abuse of functions, forgery, bribery and embezzlement in the ongoing Lhakhang Karpo corruption case, the Haa dzongkhag court yesterday sentenced the 51-year old lapon to a year in prison. Lhakhang Karpo conservation …

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Top officials fail to declare assets

Non-declarants will be dealt according to asset declaration rules 2012 ACC: A total of 45 officials, including members of parliament (MPs), heads of organisations and non-government organisations, failed to declare their assets for 2014. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday issued a list of non declarants of schedule I, under which …

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Use of illegal electric fencing rife among farmers

Despite a threat of penalties, the practice remains rampant on farms in Trashigang Agriculture: The use of illegal electric fencing in Trashigang is still rampant despite the dzongkhag administration issuing circulars to remove live electric fencing, according to local leaders in the dzongkhag. Villagers resort to such practices to keep …

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What is the government’s vision? asks Opposition

Opposition party says government has derailed development process Politics: The government will have to do a lot of answering in the upcoming parliament session going by the opposition party’s preparation for the fifth session of the second parliament. The leader of the opposition (OL), (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, said almost two …

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P/ling thromde gives builders go ahead

Construction: Landowners in Dhamdara, Kabreytar, and Rinchending in Phuentsholing, waiting to construct houses, will now be allowed to do so with the Phuentsholing thromde completing the local area plans (LAPs) for these areas. The thromde has also completed the plans for the core area, Pekharzing (Toribari), and Amochu.  However, demarcation …

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Fuel prices hiked

Fuel: Following a hike in fuel prices in India, the cost of petrol has increased by Nu 3.67 a liter and diesel by Nu 2.35 a liter since yesterday night in Bhutan. Petrol in Thimphu now costs Nu 63.37 a liter and Nu 61.42 a liter in Phuentsholing. A liter …

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Bypass completion confirms businesspersons’ worst fears

Hotel owners see a drastic drop in patronage since the Ura-Nangar road opened Hospitality: Years ago, when the Ura-Nangar bypass road was planned, people in Chamkhar town, Bumthang’s business hub, expressed concerns that their businesses would be affected.  The road, they felt would isolate the town. The 32-km bypass is …

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Local tour operators hope to capitalise on home game

Football: Watching China take on Bhutan on June 16 in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers will be one of the most expensive games for Chinese supporters. Football fans, who want to come to Bhutan to cheer their team, will have to come as tourists and through …

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