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PM reports an upbeat state of the nation

“Bhutan’s growth rate ranked second in the South East Asia with 8.1% and held the 11th position in the world by real GDP growth rate for the year 2011,” said the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley who presented the state-of-the-nation report to parliament on Monday. The growth rate (8.1%) …

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NC to summon the RMA Governor

The National Council (NC) has decided to summon the central bank Governor to attend the proceedings of NC following discussions yesterday. This NC decision comes after the NC’s economic affairs committee reported to the house that the committee failed to submit a complete Indian Rupee (INR) shortfall review report of …

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NEC to penalize Department of Roads

The National Environment Commission (NEC) is to soon send a letter to the Department of Roads (DoR) notifying them to stop the road widening works commissioned next to the Paro Airport immediately. Adding on, the NEC is planning to impose fine. According to an official from NEC, they had written …

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NC challenges NA’s letter

Yesterday’s National Council (NC) session saw all the NC MPs outraged with the National Assembly (NA)’s letter directing the upper house to withdraw the national flag bill. The NC has refused to with draw the national flag bill. The bill was passed by the NC during the eighth session but …

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NC proposes tariff revision, says INR is need of the hour

The National Council (NC) unanimously supported a proposal to recommend that the government immediately initiate negotiations with the government of India (GoI) for a long overdue revision of the Chukha Hydropower Plant (CHP) power tariff. Head of the Special committee, Karma Yezer Raydi along with other members said the increase …

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NC members call for ACC probe in Trowa Case

The public accounts committee’s (PAC) recommendations on the Trowa theatre land case was criticized by National Council (NC) members some of whom called for and expressed support for an Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) probe. NC members disagreed with the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement’s proposal to sell the Trowa …

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Foreign currency worth Nu 4mn seized

A woman was detained at the Paro Airport carrying foreign currencies worth about Nu 4mn. The currencies were in USD and Chinese Yuan. The custom officials seized about USD 16,000 (one USD equals to Nu 55) and about 0.4mn Yuan (1 Yuan equals to Nu 5). The woman,  a wife …

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Largely favored yet largely debated

A six hour session in parliament and a threat-SMS (short message service) delivered to a supposedly non-supportive MP would sum-up the importance accorded to the Domestic Violence bill. Although a hugely supported bill as far as the National Assembly (NA) is concerned a misinformed supporter of the bill who presumed …

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Land Bill 2012 set aside for the next Parliament

The National Assembly (NA) decided to defer the Land Bill 2012 for the new Parliament in 2013 so that an important bill is not hurried-through with little time left and His Majesty the King’s Kasho on land ceiling is properly incorporated. While this was announced, some MP’s also pointed out …

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