• 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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Five chorten vandals appeal to High Court

Judiciary: Five lifetime prisoners and one prisoner who was sentenced to four years imprisonment for vandalising chortens have appealed to the High Court stating dissatisfaction on the Mongar court’s judgment that was passed last month. Of the 10 men who were given lifetime imprisonment, five appealed to the high court …

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Living beyond our means

The rate of growth of current expenditure is outstripping that of domestic revenue  Notice: Causing concern for the government, the country’s annual current expenditure is increasing at a rate much faster than that of the annual growth in domestic revenue. “If this trend continues, it’ll be difficult to meet the …

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Fall in Yen sees rise in Toyota buyers

Savings of Nu 500,000-600,000 can be made given the Japanese currency value today Import: The fall in Japanese currency (Yen) recently has turned out to be a boon for Bhutanese aspiring to buy Toyota luxury cars.  The State Trading corporation of Bhutan limited (STCBL) in Phuentsholing has confirmed 115 vehicle …

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Preventative steps being taken

Post-reinvestigation RBP report on Serzhong LSS incident comes up with suggestions Suicide: It’s not known what happened that September 25 night at the girls’ hostel of Serzong lower secondary school in Mongar last year.  All that has been reported is that it started after some girls saw two men leaving …

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Visit: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay visits the Solar Park at Charanka in Gujarat yesterday after visiting Vadnagar, the hometown of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in north Gujarat.                                                                                                                              

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ADB advises more govt. investment in education

Upping expenditure in the sector by 10 percent would result in a far more stable growth path  Report: While hydropower is and will continue to be the bedrock of the country’s economy, higher investment in education, health, and efforts to diversify its economic base through tourism and other niche sectors …

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Cabinet submits details against secretaries to RCSC

Update: The Cabinet yesterday submitted the details and evidences of the charges it had made against the three government secretaries to the Royal Civil Service Commission, just before the deadline ended at 4pm. Civil service commission officials confirmed receiving the details in a sealed envelope just before the two weeks …

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Tip-off helps net three escapees

Jailbreak: The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) yesterday arrested the three male inmates, who had escaped Wangdue police custody four days ago. The men were nabbed around 12.30am yesterday from Gomthang, Wangduephodrang. Following a tip off from a cow-herder, police found the three inmates in Gomthang, about a three-and-a-half-hour walk, from …

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Massage service still available in P/ling

Parlours: Despite the trade department issuing a notification, some beauty parlours in Phuentsholing are still providing massage services. After the police in town raided the massage parlours in December, two non-Bhutanese were caught red-handed in one of the massage parlours. Following the raid and media reports, the regional trade office …

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Four JICA volunteers meet Royal Civil Service Commission officials in Thimphu. The four volunteers arrived in the country on January 6 to work on a two-year assignment with the health and education ministry. Two senior volunteers will work for the public health engineering division of the health ministry while the …

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Dagapela Tshechu begins

Festival: Otherwise idle throughout the year, the small town of Dagapela in Dagana becomes a beehive of activity once a year. The three-day Dagapela Tshechu, which began yesterday some 50 kilometers away from Dagana town, drew few hundreds from Goshi, Tsendagang, Gesarling, Drujeygang, Khebisa, Tsangkha, Larja and Tashiding gewog annually. …

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Vehicle prices expected to rise soon

Maruti brand cars already levying the new price Automobile: As more people look forward to buying new cars, the car price in the country is expected to increase anytime soon. Following the withdrawal of excise duty concession on car manufacturers in India, car prices in India soared by four-to-six percent …

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