• GDP growth slips for the second time: ADB

    While the South Asian region is projected to emerge as the fastest growing region in the world, Bhutan’s economic growth projection is trailing behind the regional average. The country’s economic growth slipped for the second time as the construction of hydropower projects slowed and electric power production declined, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) outlook.

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Chokhorling goes back to paddy cultivation

Improved security and a govt. carrot and stick policy persuades locals to return to the land

Agriculture: Hope and nostalgia is the mood as farmers, young and old, of Bafudar village in Samdrupjongkhar returned to their paddy fields after more than two decades.

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Maggi samples to be sent for tests in Thai labs

BAFRA: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) has sent samples of Maggi noodles to test at the authority’s national food testing laboratory in Yusipang after Indian media reported the noodle containing high amount of lead and monosodium glutamate (MGS).

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Assembly to review Dzongkha teacher shortage issue

Q-Hour: The social and cultural committee of the National Assembly (NA) was directed to review the shortage of Dzongkha language teachers in some dzongkhags and excess in others. The report will be discussed at the next (6th) parliament session.

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India to refund Nu 1.943B for 2014 in excise duty

The reimbursement for 2013 will be released in the current financial year

GoI: The government of India (GoI) yesterday declared a total excise duty refund of Nu 1.943B (billion) to Bhutan for 2014.

This is an increase of Nu 187M (million) from the previous year.  Bhutan received Nu 1.756B as excise duty refund for 2013.

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Man sentenced to three years

Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years imprisonment for raping and impregnating an 18-year-old last December.

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Council weighs in on election issues

Legislative committee to submit a final report for adoption

NC: The National Council yesterday resolved that the election Act does not need an amendment to include the provision of it being a continuous house, since it was already stated in the National Council (amendment) bill, which the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) assured would be respected.

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Dough fat racket unearthed

The unlabelled product was found to mislead and give false information

OCP: One month after launching the consumer protection rules and regulations by the economic affairs ministry, the office of consumer protection (OCP) received a complaint about misleading the people and giving false representation of a product.

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Mangdechu project designed to withstand major quake

Hydropower: Clearing rising apprehensions surrounding the safety of Mangdechu hydropower project (MHP) from earthquakes, the authority claims that the project is safe and will be stable in the event of an earthquake, because of inclusion of earthquake parameters in the structures.

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Local leaders don’t want dungkhag to be relocated

The absence of a bridge over Taklai River is one of the main reasons

Gelephu: Although it’s decided, a majority of local leaders from gewogs in Gelephu dungkhag are not satisfied with the decision to relocate the dungkhag administration to Umling. The fifth dzongkhag tshogdu had decided on the relocation last year.

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Phaling is starved of vegetable

Agriculture: There is an acute shortage of vegetables in Lhuentse.

Sangay Chozom, 54, who runs a shop in Phaling town, Lhuentse, said the situation is very difficult.  Farmers bring vegetables to the market only about twice a week.

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Slow going on Nganglam-Gyalpoizhing highway

A stretch full of rocks is holding up progress from one side

Roads: Although the completion deadline for the Nganglam-Gyalpoizhing highway has been revised to mid-2015, the project officials based in Nganglam said progress on a particular stretch from the Nganglam side has been very slow.

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