DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

Bus services to all gewogs?

Opposition members questioned the government on its pledge to provide bus services in all gewogs with road access. Dremetse Ngatshang MP Ugyen Wangdi said 200 gewogs now have road access and are in need of public transport, as private operators have not stepped in.  “Four years of the government’s term …

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Job fair: Of hope and despair

An estimated 3,000 job seekers, mostly youth, fresh out of training and vocational institutes, thronged the 14th national job fair in Thimphu, which ended Thursday, where a number of employment agencies required prior work experience. No on-the-spot recruitment was done as job seekers did not have the required documents but …

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Complaints against Local Government top ACC complaints

Complaints on corruption lodged against local governments continue to be the highest according to the Anti-Corruption Commission’s 2016 Annual Report. A total of 119 complaints constituting 33.8 per cent of the total complaints were received against local government in 2016. In 2015, 79 complaints were received against local government. The …

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National Council ratifies Paris Agreement

The National Council on Friday unanimously ratified the Paris Agreement, which aims to strengthen global response to the threat of climate change through a temperature goal of limiting the increase in global average temperature to 1.5 degree Celsius. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji introduced and presented the objectives, aims, achievements, and …

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Declining birth rates impact school enrolments

At the Friday NA question hour session the Nubi-Tangsibji constituency MP, Nidup Zangpo, asked the education minister on the government’s plan to make central schools sustainable at a time when most developmental activities are being funded by grants and foreign aid. The MP said that when the country is developing …

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