• 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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Saving the environment

Samdrupjongkhar Thromde What activities were carried out to address waste management issues? MoU Signing with regional heads on the ban of single use plastic products. The MoU signing was to formalise the minutes of the Inter-agency Coordination meeting which was held in May, 2017 where by all regional offices under …

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Gaseb Construction wins compensation case against MoWHS

The Supreme Court in a judgment on July 25 gave a construction company, Gaseb Construction, more than double the compensation decided by the arbitration tribunal in the case between the company the works and human settlement ministry. One of the contractors of Dalbari-Dagapela secondary national highway in Dagana, Gaseb Construction, …

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Flash flood causes drinking water shortage in Trashigang town

The water tanker has delivered some 60,000 litres of water to the residents until July 25

The flash flood of July 22 in Trashigang washed away water pipelines in three different locations at the source near Rangshikhar, affecting about 5,000 residents. Drinking water supply for the town, hospital and Melphey area has remained disrupted since the flooding. The same water source is also channeled to the …

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PDP declares its 47th candidate

Gem Tshering with PM and Dokar_Sharpa MP Kesang Wangmo

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) declared its 47th and the last candidate, the former managing director of Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC), Gem Tshering yesterday. With this the party has declared 29 new candidates contesting the elections this year. The party has also replaced 15 serving MPs, two replacing the speaker …

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DHI implements six months maternity leave

Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) implemented the extended six-month maternity leave in DHI and DHI owned companies from July 1, more than two years after the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) implemented the revised maternity leave. The decision is expected to benefit more than 2,000 female employees of DHI and …

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YiAP takes over community orchid centre at Chasilakha

Community orchid centre

Youth in Agriculture Program (YiAP), a commercial agriculture group based in Chukha has taken over the Community Orchid Centre (COC) of Chasilakha under Bongo gewog. The centre that was opned in August 2015 did not bear much fruit under the community and YiAP took it over early this year on …

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FCBL to take measures to address auction yard problems

Farmers requested FCBL to address space crunch at the auction yard in Samdrupjongkhar

The Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd (FCBL) will vacate the warehouse at the auction yard in Samdrupjongkhar, which it is occupying and build metallic structure for the trucks so that farmers will not have to keep their produce in the sun and rain. FCBL’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Naiten Wangchuk …

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Overlooking inflation escalates hydropower projects’ costs

Not taking into account the inflation rate in the initial cost estimates is one of the common reasons for cost escalations for hydropower projects in Bhutan, according to a report by Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA). Besides, geological surprises, design changes, increase in installed capacity and construction of additional infrastructures are …

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Shivalaya Mandir and Umling drungkhag administration office inaugurated

More than 1,000 people gathered for the final day of the five-day inaugural puja at the newly constructed Shivalaya Mandir in Gelephu yesterday. The mandir constructed upon the command of His Majesty The King was consecrated yesterday. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and information and communication minister DN Dhungyel attended the …

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Police detains stepfather and sister in Paro minor rape case

At the base of Taktshang monastery in Tsento, Paro is a village located amid paddy fields and apple orchards. The village is lush green and serene. A recent rape case of a speech-impaired minor has, however, disturbed the tranquillity of the village. Residents are embroiled in suspicions and accusations, arguing …

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Offer more family planning services, say health officials

While the contraceptive prevalence rate in the country has steadily increased from 18.8 percent in 1994 to 65.6 percent in 2010, health officials said that family planning services remained the same it started in the country. A gynecologist with the national referral hospital in Thimphu, Dr Ugyen Tshomo, during an …

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Saving the environment

Paro What activities were carried out to address waste management issues? Coordinated monthly cleaning campaign by all the regional offices, gewog administrations, and dzongkhag administration. Created awareness and advocacies to the public. Construction of waste segregation management bins. Which single activity do you feel shall serve as an example to …

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