Foreign Minister in BIMSTEC summit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji led the Bhutanese delegation to the 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, held on 11 August, 2017. The Ministerial meeting was preceded by the 18th Session of the BIMSTEC Senior …

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Damchu-Chukha bypass by June 2018

After missing numerous deadlines for completion the Minister for Works and Human Settlement Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi said she had been assured by project DANTAK that the bypass would be completed by June 2018. She said currently the formation cutting was done but the ‘full formation cutting’ had to be done …

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Govt not worried about India’s power surplus

The former Minister for Economic Affairs and the current Education Minister Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk during the monthly meet the press session said that Bhutan’s hydro projects will not be affected by a power surplus and falling tariff rates in India. India’s main electricity regulator the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) had …

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RCSC and ECB laws come up against Sikkim Manipal students

The Education Minister Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk clarified that the Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) degree is a recognized graduation degree by the Education Ministry or specifically the Bhutan Accreditation Council under the Ministry. Lyonpo said that under the Tertiary education policy reforms all forms of distance or online degrees are recognized …

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No vehicle taxes in the offing


With the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) reducing the loan limited from 50 to 30 percent to control the imports of vehicles and suggesting the government to come up with fiscal measures, the popular over night perception was that vehicles taxes are on the way. However, the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dasho …

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Fab Lab in Olakha


Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay,and Professor Neil Gershenfeld inaugurated the FabLab Bhutan on Thursday evening at Olakha. Dasho Tshering Tobgay in his keynote address said that STEM-Olympiad drew his attention in depicting the capabilities of the youth. He shared that the students displayed ideas of organic villages, living as community, …

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Encouraging start ups


Hosting a lunch for the young business startups, Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay said that the government is working on setting up a one-stop shop from where aspiring entrepreneurs can get all relevant information such as loan schemes, market information, taxes, land lease, etc. “It is not easy to start a …

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PM and Health Minister try rice plantation


The Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay and the Health Minister Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk met Aum Bida, Aum Nakum, Aum Denka and Tshogpa Galem transplanting rice while visiting Changkha village in Gaselo. The PM said, “We felt compelled to dive in – disrupting their work more than helping them – …

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