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PM in Mongar Gewog

In Mongar Gewog Lyonchhen said that he is aware of the water shortage problem in Mongar Gewog due to the increasing number of households and water sources drying up. He said that it is the government’s responsibility to help ease water problem by building water tanks and pipelines; but it …

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Big Deficiency In Mental Health Care

Bhutan’s suffers from a major deficiency when to comes to mental health care with an acute shortage of specialised professionals and facilities, according to the health system review report. The country has only four psychiatrists, no specialised child and adolescent psychiatrists and no psychiatric hospitals or beds. The need for …

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Govt evacuating students and monks from strike hit hills

The Education Minister Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said that given the ongoing strike in Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and also its effect on Sikkim the government was evacuating students and monks from the hills. The minister said that the excellent ties between the two countries also local authorities at the state and …

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Losses of State Mining Corporation improves

The State Mining Corporation Limited (SMCL) reduced its first year operational losses to Nu 3.89 million in 2016 mainly from the sale of 1000 metric tonnes (MT) of coal to Dungsam Cement from the Habrang coalmine, according to a press release from the company. The press released stated that production …

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Bhutan Information Communication and Media Bill passed in the NA

The representative from the Tashicholing constituency, Ritu Raj Chhetri who is also the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee presented the summarized recommendations on the 77 clauses to the house during the previous week of the discussion. “After the Communications Minister carried the first and the second reading of the bill, …

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Final Recommendations adopted by NC on three agencies

The National Council, during its 16th session, adopted the final recommendations submitted by the three committees on Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report 2016, Cultural Heritage and Audit Bill of Bhutan 2017. On the Annual Anti-corruption commission Report 2017 the Council directed the Good Governance Committee to conduct a meeting with relevant …

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Establishment of Thromde and Yenlag Thromde questioned

At the NA’s question hour this week the works and human settlement minister was asked when the government would establish the 20 Yenlag Thromdes and Thromdes and how it would be institutionalized in alignment with the Constitution. Works and human settlement minister Lyonpo Dorji Choden said “It is the responsibility …

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A single fuel depot and the transport woes of a Dzongkhag

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Although road connectivity has drastically improved in recent years with farm roads connecting all the gewogs the south central district of Dagana continues to face numerous transportation problems that worsen in summer. There are a number of reasons for this, from lack of adequate public service transport, poor condition of …

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No tax exemption on cash crop income says FM

During the National Assembly’s question hour on May 16, finance minister Namgay Dorji said the government would not be able to exempt cash crop income from tax because it would create two rules and disrupt governance. He was responding to a query raised by Samtse’s Dophuchen Tading MP, Tek Bahadur …

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