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Updating the Middle Path for sustainable development

National environment strategy to have specific mandates and to fix accountability on agencies Environment: Sixteen years after the National Environment Strategy (NES) was adopted, the National Environment Commission is reviewing the strategy to make it relevant to the changes in environment and policies. The commission adopted the first NES, called …

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Infrastructure-challenged Sherabgatshel LSS

Education: Sherabgatshel Lower Secondary School (SLSS) in Bara, Samtse is facing a shortage of classrooms. The school has close to 600 students and 20 sections.  There are only 18 classrooms, however. A hostel that was constructed recently is instead being used to hold classes as a temporary measure.  The hostel …

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Belated Earth Hour: Exactly 48 hours after Thimphu residents observed a halfhearted Earth Hour on Saturday, the city was blacked out for more than 30 minutes last evening. The blackout was a result of maintenance work at the Chukha hydroelectric plant.     

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Ginger – A struggling cooperative’s long shot

Agriculture: Almost two years after it was launched, Pemathang gewog’s vegetable cooperative, Tshesey Gongphel Dhetshen, is failing. The cooperative has so far been able to save only Nu 600. The 10-member cooperative is now planning on growing ginger on a six-acre land that the cooperative acquired from the government. The …

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External debt exceeds size of economy by 12 percent

However, not counting hydropower loans, debt is at a decent 37 percent or so of GDP Economy: Bhutan’s total outstanding external debt has exceeded the size of economy by 12 percent as of December last year. The country’s debt to GDP ratio, as measured by the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) …

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Possible areas of collaboration discussed with Google, Facebook

Other companies were also visited during the US visit Tech: While the Prime Minister’s recent visit to the USA was primarily to raise funds for the Bhutan for Life project, the Bhutanese delegation also met with a few big name technology companies to discuss possible areas of cooperation. The possibility …

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Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck and Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay inaugurate the restoration and adaptive reuse of Wangduechhoeling Palace yesterday in Bumthang.     

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TCB to be given more teeth

It’s to take over licensing of travel agencies, tourist class accommodation, and restaurants Tourism: The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) will take over the licensing of travel agencies, tourist class accommodation, and restaurants, as per the requirement of the revised tourism rules and regulations, 2014, that the cabinet endorsed recently. …

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Vehicle dealers’ request for time extension granted

They have an additional two weeks to invite representatives from their principal company Trade: Following written and verbal requests from some vehicle dealers, the Department of Trade (DoT) has given them additional two weeks to invite representatives from their principal company. Some dealers in their requests have citied that the …

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Ugyen Ferro Alloys limited halts production

Unsold stock gathers dust in warehouses thanks to stiff international competition Industry: The decline in demand for ferrosilicon products from India is beginning to show its impact. With a huge accumulation of stock unsold, one of the industries, Ugyen Ferro Alloys limited (UFAL) in Pasakha, stopped its production on March …

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RITH diploma courses accredited

Tourism: The department of occupational standards on March 26 accredited the two-year diploma programmes offered by the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH). The institute’s director Karma Thinley said the accreditation would help RITH gain international recognition and open up exchange programmes for students. “The accreditation is a watershed …

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Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army, Lt General Batoo Tshering participates in the first ever Conference of the Chiefs of Defence that the UN Secretary General convened on March 27 in New York to discuss UN peacekeeping operations.       

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