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BhIF + BIFF – Music plus the food of life

The upcoming music fest is to be accompanied by a Bhutanese banquet of sorts Festival: To complement the upcoming music festival, the Bhutan International Food Festival (BIFF), will take place at the clock tower square in Thimphu from February 19 to 22 this year. The food fest, an event running …

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ICAO concerned about Bhutan’s aviation oversight weaknesses

A lack of effective implementation persists of its requirements in all eight critical areas  Aviation: Concerned with Bhutan’s aviation safety oversight shortcomings, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has called the department of civil aviation (DCA) to Bangkok for a meeting, next month. In a letter to the government, ICAO …

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PM lauds central Bhutan performance

Bumthang, Trongsa and Zhemgang are well ahead of the curve in terms of targets met APA: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay lauded the impressive progress Bumthang, Zhemgang and Trongsa made, following their signing of the performance agreement with the prime minister. Seeing the report card so far, lyonchhoen congratulated the three central …

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Mid-year evaluation: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay reviews the annual performance agreements for central Bhutan districts yesterday in Trongsa      

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Fortnight-long ‘labour camp’ too short, say students

Their only gripe against the MoL-organised technical/vocational training held in the east  Blue Collar: The two-week-long technical and vocational education camp the labour ministry organised in Trashigang, students felt, was too short.  The camp was a success for students, who are on their winter break, but they felt they could …

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An objection to longevity

Khuruthang shopkeepers complain against hospital canteen owner’s long tenure Business: Nine Khuruthang shopkeepers have written a signed complaint letter to the Punakha dzongkhag and hospital administration, questioning the rationale behind allowing a single owner to run the hospital canteen for about 12 years. The letter that only carries the signatures …

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Is food self-sufficiency a realistic goal?

With increasing rice imports, the deficit has stretched by 24 percent since 2012 Agriculture: With a food trade deficit of Nu 5.2B in 2013, food sufficiency still remains an arduous task for the country, as the deficit widened by 24 percent from 2012, mainly on account of increasing rice imports. …

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Lhakhang Karpo case begins February 9

Questions are being raised about the way those involved in the case are dealt with Corruption: The Haa dzongkhag human resource committee yesterday suspended budget officer, Wangchuk Tshering, and district engineer, Tashi Gyeltshen, for their alleged involvement in the lhakhang Karpo corruption case. The committee’s decision was based on the …

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Rising from the ashes: Workers erect the door frame of the Kunerey (congregation hall) of the Wangduephodrang dzong yesterday. The Tshokey Lopon performed prayers during the installation.      

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BoB opens e-payment gateway

The system is certified with international security standard requirements Banking: With the Bank of Bhutan introducing an e-payment gateway, Bhutanese merchants will now be able to sell their services and products online. To date, Bhutanese have been availing online shopping services from dealers and websites outside the country, while merchants …

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New guidelines to iron out old problems

Forest: Forest officials at the districts, divisional offices or parks will conduct joint annual monitoring and audit books and accounts of community forest management groups (CFMG), hereafter. This team will also evaluate the community forests every five years and if found unsatisfactory, would revoke it. This is one of the …

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400 power tillers sought in first instalment of govt. wish list

hough the Japanese govt. has agreed in principle to the request, a decision has yet to be taken JICA: The government has requested the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for 400 power tillers to be delivered in a first batch, under its request for 1,450 of the machines made to …

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