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Government to continue print subsidy 

MoIC minister Karma Donnen Wangdi

Information and Communications minister Karma Donnen Wangdi has said the government will provide ex-country training opportunities for about 292 media professionals during the 12th Plan as part of its media development programme. He was responding to a question from Bartsham-Shongphu MP Passang Dorji during the question hour on January 4 on …

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1,188 people arrested in 2018 for trafficking and abusing drugs

At least 15 police Officer in Command and BNCA officials are attending the three day training

At least three people were arrested every day in 2018 for illegal trafficking and abusing drugs in the country, taking the total number of people to 1,188, records with the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) show. This is an increase of 133 people from 2017. Thimphu has the highest arrest record …

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Mongar and Zhemgang dzong renovation not included in 12th Plan

Home minister Sherab Gyeltshen

From the deliberations in the National Assembly last week, renovation of Mongar Dzong will take a long time. Renovation of the 89-year-old Dzong will depend on two factors- budget and importance. The Drametse-Ngatsang representative, Ugyen Wangdi, raised the issue during the question hour on Friday where he said that the …

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Mask dancers of Lhamoizingkha prepare for tshechu

It is a pleasant morning in Lhamoizingkha, Dagana. At the courtyard of Peldenchholing lhakhang, men are watching Sharman Subba fine-tune his steps. At his trainer’s cue, the 36-year-old man from Omchhu village of Karmaling gewog, rotates his neck, several times. He fails and nearly falls to the ground. His friends burst out …

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MLCP at Norzin Lam to open this month

Norzin Lam has parking space for about 230 vehicles (File photo)

Thimphu thromde is hopeful that they will be able to do away with the parking space along Norzin lam, the city’s main thoroughfare, by June. The thromde is waiting for the completion of the multi-level car parking (MLCP) I located at Phendey Lam near the Zangthopelri complex and MLCP II …

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Nu 47.69B budget for 2018-19 fiscal year

Lyonpo Namgay Tshering

In what could be called a special budget arrangement, the finance minister presented the budget appropriation Bill for 2018-19 fiscal year, which, upon passing, would supersede the budget appropriation Act 2018-19. This arrangement was made because the previous government’s tenure and electoral process consumed half of the first fiscal year …

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Picture story

  Volunteers built a temporary bridge over Gamrichu to reach the other side of the river to contain the forest fire in Bartsham, Trashigang yesterday. More than 140 volunteers are engaged in containing the fire, which has been raging for five days now. 

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PHPA II may complete by 2021

PII engineers explaining the status of the project

The 1,020MW Punatsangchu II Hydroelectric Project Authority (PII) is likely to be delayed by about eight to nine months from the current completion date, according to the project management. This would mean that the project might complete by 2021 if everything goes on track. The last date of completion was …

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Lauri gewog connected with 3G services 

People of Lauri gewog in Jomotshangkha drungkhag, Samdrupjongkhar can now market and sell their goods and services produced in the villages online using internet service. With the 3G service launched in Lauri gewog on January 4, the 11 gewogs in Samdrupjongkhar are now connected with 3G services. Pema from Lauri …

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OAG reviews tax evasion case worth Nu 85M

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has found that the proprietor of Lhaimetog Export and Import Damcho Choden also known as Anim Damcho, and its chief executive officer and her nephew Younten Jamtsho allegedly evaded Nu 21.296 million in tax between 2009 and 2017. Between 2009 and 2017, as per ACC investigation, the …

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Defendant accuses ACC of botched investigation in desuung case

A defendant in the on-going desuung case, which the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) appealed to the Supreme Court in December last year, accused the commission of failing to investigate the case properly. Lt. Colonel Rinzin Yeshey, who the ACC charged of embezzling more than Nu 889,000 and military court sentenced to …

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Care for preterm babies require improvement, finds assessment

While Early Essential Newborn Care (EENC) and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) practices for term babies were found progressive, there is a need for improvement for preterm babies. This was one of the findings of an assessment of EENC and KMC carried out in three referral hospitals in February last year, …

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