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NRDCL’s profit halves in 2016 compared to 2015

The net profit of the natural resources development corporation (NRDCL), that supplies sand, stone and timber, dropped by almost half to Nu 7.8 million in 2016 from the previous year according to its annual report. In 2015 its net profit was Nu.15.7 million. According to the report this was mainly …

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World No-Tobacco Day Award for Health Minister

Coinciding with the World No-Tobacco Day, which is observed on 30th of May every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, Minister of Health and the Chairperson of …

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Euro 2.5 mn EU support for CSOs inaugurated

EU support of Euro 2.5 mn to strengthen civil society engagement in sustainable development and good governance was formalised on Thursday, May 25, in Thimphu. The support comes under the Multi-annual Indicative Programme (MIP) 2014-2020 EU support to Bhutan. The EU ambassador to Bhutan, Tomasz Kozlowski, said this support is …

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NA ratifies International Think Tank Agreement

The National Assembly ratified on Tuesday, May 23, the Multilateral Agreement For The Establishment of an International Think Tank For Landlocked Developing Countries, which was deferred earlier, with 41 members voting in favor, 2 members voted against and one member abstaining. Ratification was deferred last week after some members requested …

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Bhutanese working abroad donate medical equipment

A group of Bhutanese working with various United Nation agencies abroad as international staff and volunteers, as well as those who have had the opportunity to work abroad, have collectively donated 24 units of Haemodialysis Machine chairs to the health ministry. The chairs worth Nu 1.285 million (inclusive of freight) …

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Mineral Development Policy finally here

The cabinet has approved the draft Mineral Development Policy (MDP) 2017 that has undergone a number of redrafting over a number of years. The Rationale for the Policy, highlighting the importance of policy to guide mining and related activities in the Country. It also includes the Vision, Mission and Objectives …

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House Committees find a way out on BBIN issue

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A small issue on the language remains The House Committee’s of the National Assembly (NA) and National Council (NC) have managed to come up with an important recommendation to amend the Legislative Rules of Procedure (LRoP) which would avoid a vote on the BBIN and instead lead to its ‘dismissal’ …

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Real problems are in non-central schools: Education Minister

At the NA’s question hour session yesterday, education minister Norbu Wangchuk defended the government’s central school policy, which a opposition MP described as a failure that was affecting students’ wellbeing and education quality. Panbang MP Dorji Wangdi said the re-introduction of central schools was done in a hasty and haphazard …

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RAA Bill in NC

The Royal Audit Bill 2017 is the only new legislative Bill the National Council (NC) will deliberate this session. It will be deliberated at the National Assembly in the next session. Presenting a brief background on the bill the NC’s legislative committee chairman, Tashi Phuntsho, said the Audit Bill was …

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