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Mid Year Review of APA 2016-2017 held

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Targets ‘at risk’ of not being achieved were the focus of discussions during the mid year review of the annual performance agreements (APA) for 2016-17 signed between the 10 government ministries and seven autonomous agencies and the prime minister. While targets on the ‘Achieved and On track’ checklist were acknowledged …

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Thromde promises to fix potholes

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All major potholes in Thimphu city’s road network should be repaired starting next month according to Thimphu Thromde officials. The work is expected to start from February under an Asian Development Bank (ADB) contract package. “We are waiting for approval from ADB which is expected to happen some time in …

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Slight increase in vehicle accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) in Thimphu increased by 15 cases in 2016 compared with the previous year according to records of the traffic division of the Royal Bhutan Police. There were 34 registered cases in 2015. This went up to 49 cases last year, which resulted in 15 deaths (12 …

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Cleaning Bhutan one toilet at a time

Bhutan Toilet Organization (BTO) was founded in 2014 to flush out the dirty toilets in the country by advocating and acting individually with the quest to provide improved toilet facilities. Passang Tshering, the founder of Bhutantoilet.org and a famous blogger, in the midst of bringing various issues to the forefront …

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Chillies being sold at higher prices then fixed rates

People line up at YBC for cheaper chilli

After Bhutan saw chemical free chilies being airlifted from the India to solve the rising demand and the high domestic prices, The Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) has now started importing more chillies from Kolkata which are fit for consumption. The chillies are being transported in trucks from Kolkata, …

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Tendu cardamom hit by fungal infection

This season cardamom yields have fallen dramatically in Tendu, Samtse, where a fungal infection threatens this lucrative cash crop that sells for Nu 1400 a kg and is mainstay income for villagers of this region. Cardamom growers said Chirkey and Furkey are the main diseases affecting cardamom plantations. According to …

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7 nabbed with banned substances

Gelephu police have apprehended four high school students for possession of cannabis and its derivatives. Two of the students had in their possession 56.34 grams of cannabis derivative and almost 4 kgs of marijuana leaves. The leaves were in a black plastic bag inside a school bag. They were apprehended …

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