• Assembly passes pay revision Bill 

    In passing the pay revision Bill, the Assembly yesterday endorsed 12 of the 19 recommendations the National Council provided on the pay revision Bill while rejecting the proposal of 13 percent pay hike for the Chief Justice of Supreme Court and the Speaker.The economic and finance committee of the Assembly initially proposed a 13 percent hike for the two posts to distinguish the head of three branches of the government. The proposal was endorsed but later found in contravention of the Parliamentary entitlement Act.

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Labour shortage impedes dzong construction

Construction: With the large volume of work at the Pemagatshel Dzong construction in Denchi, the project officials said there is a need for labour contributions, especially in the field of masonry from the eight gewogs.

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Bhutan’s hydropower to reduce CO2 in India

…by replacing thermal plants in India where coal is the main raw material

Power trade: Hydropower supply from Bhutan would reduce carbon dioxide in India by about 10M tons in 2016/17 and could be as high as 40M tons annually by 2020/21.

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More than 10,000 homes connected with farm roads

About 68 percent of households are less than an hour’s walk from the nearest motorable road point

Connectivity: Farm roads connected 10,444 houses in the first two years of the 11th Plan, records with the agriculture and forests ministry show.

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Trongsa awaits directives on convicted gup

Gup was convicted for bribing in 2009

LG: Trongsa dzongkhag officials are waiting for directives from higher authorities on what further actions should be taken against Langthel gup, Lham Dorji who was convicted to six months imprisonment.

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Eight power tillers distributed to gewogs in Thimphu

Agriculture: To mitigate farm labour shortages and to improve accessibility of the farm machinery to the marginal farmers who cannot afford to own machines, the agriculture ministry issued a power tiller each to eight gewogs in Thimphu yesterday.

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Drukair incident ignites probe into private practice

The doctor maintains that he provided medical assistance and certified the patient on humanitarian grounds 

Health: The Bhutan Medical and Health Council is examining the case of the doctor, who certified an ailing patient as fit for travel but who was later de-boarded from Drukair, the national airline following safety concerns.

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Online permit system to go operational by yearend

The system will facilitate processing of travel permits online for regional tourists

Tourism: The proposed online permit system for regional tourists will be operational by the end of this year with its testing beginning this month, Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) officials said.

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