• Issues that render LGs ineffective

    Limited understanding of the roles of local governments (LGs) at the local level and lack of LG administrations’ capacity to implement decisions have affected the effective functioning of Dzongkhag Tshogdus (DTs) and Gewog Tshogdes (GTs), a study has revealed.

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PHPA I completion prolonged until April 2019

If GoI approves changes in concreting methodology of dam construction by the end of this month PHPA I: If the government of India approves the slight change in methodology of the dam construction by the end of this month, the 1,200MW Punatshangchhu I will be completed only in April 2019, …

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Punatsangchhu I low on budget

Budget: The Punatsangchhu Hydropower Project Authority I is running out of budget. With the dwindling budget in its coffer, the project has taken stringent measures and is concentrating only on the critical areas to continue with project. The project has also deferred payment to government companies like the Bhutan Power …

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Forest fire sparked during disposal of explosives contained

Fire: A fire that started during the disposal of explosives below the Tashigatshel RBP training center in Chukha on the afternoon of February 2 was completely contained early on February 3. The fire broke out during the disposal of explosives by Aibir Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (AIPL). AIPL is an Indian …

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Bigger rush to beat deadline this year

With only 15 days left to file returns, more than half the taxpayers are yet to do so PIT: Regional revenue and customs officials in Thimphu are expecting a last minute rush, more than seen in the past, for filing personal income tax (PIT) this year. With less than 15 …

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Robbers nabbed; Alipurduar highway now safe

Security: More than a month after the Alipurduar district police nabbed eight men involved in robbing Bhutanese commuters along the highway, people have now regained confidence in using the road again. Kuensel learnt that there has been no complaint and new occurrences of robbery since then. The officer-in-charge with the …

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Picture story

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay met the President of the Republic of Iceland Dr Olafur Ragnar Grimsson yesterday in Thimphu. During the meeting, Lyonchhoen and the President discussed on expediting cooperation on healthy tourism, preservation of glaciers, geothermal energy and greenhouse agriculture among others.      

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The first, only and ill-fated ascent of Mount Jomolhari

The Bhutan-India military expedition team’s conquest of the peak was a pyrrhic victory COVER STORY: On April 21, 1970, as the first spring sun touched Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mount Jomolhari (24,035ft), Chhimi Dorji and seven men set off to summit the peak from the southeast spur of the mountain. …

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Start with acceptance

YOUTH IN FOCUS: I am in jail and feel very depressed and sad. What can I do to make my life better?   Inmate, Thimphu  Well, the first step is to fully accept that you are in jail. At the moment you might be mentally struggling against being locked up. …

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Lo choe

WHY WE DO WHAR WE DO: Lo choe literally means annual religious practice. It is a seasonal celebration when a family gets together to make offerings to its protecting deities and have a festive gathering with its neighbours and community. Thus, it combines both a religious and social event for …

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The pinnacle of pizza

Nomads serve up the fast food favourite for tourists at the Jomolhari base camp Just as the temperature is hovering below zero, Aum Zam, 65, moulds the flour with her stiff fingers. Zam and many yak herders from Jangothang in Soe are speeding up to bake as many pizzas as …

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One of the best class XII results in eight years

BCSEA: Despite being mired in a paper leakage controversy, the class XII board examination 2014 result, according to officials, was the best since 2006, with 89.38 percent students passing the examination. The pass percentage is an increase of 2.77 percent from the previous year. Among the streams, pass percentage was …

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Revenue leakage through BIT loopholes

Small and micro businesses fall through the cracks as they do not keep proper accounts Tax: One late afternoon, four officials from the department of revenue and customs (DRC) walk into a general shop at Changjiji and ask the shopkeeper for his trade license. One of the officials checks the …

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