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RAA identifies thrust areas for audit scrutiny

The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has identified nine audit thrust areas for the year 2012-2013. The categorized areas are construction, procurement, farm roads construction in dzongkhags and gewogs, consultancy services, corporate governance, management of government properties, computerization in the agencies, quality control system, and townships and urban planning in Thromdes. …

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Hydro project halts township project

The hydropower project being a national priority, the Amochu Township project will have to wait till the hydropower project parameters are finalized. Speaking on the current status of the Amochu Project, Kinga Tshering said the DHI- INFRA has now committed to carry out environmental impact assessment (EIA) and also revisit …

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Academic Exchange to Improve Rural Community

The Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic (JNP) in Dewathang under Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) in collaboration with Japan government will introduce a new mechanical program to support the rural community and improve their livelihood. JNP Director Andu Dukpa said it is JNP’s mandate to support the community and improve the livelihood …

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To keep the blight future away

More than 250 Drujeygang households hugely dependent on citrus fruits for income and a source of livelihood are upbeat about a better yield this season. Aum Mukhumo of Thangna village who has 260 trees in her 50 decimals is pleased, that business this year will be better. Last year her …

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NIPPONKOA vouches technical assistance

The Royal Insurance Corporation of Bhutan (RICBL) signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding with NIPPONKOA Insurance Company, Japan yesterday to develop non-life insurance industry in Bhutan and facilitate economic development. NIPPONKOA will provide technical assistance to RICBL and organize workshops in relation to underwriting, reinsurance, claims, corporate governance and strategy …

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Paddy cultivation after twenty years

The reopening of a two kilometer irrigation Channel will aid Gongdue gewog farmers in Mongar to resume paddy cultivation after 10 years. More than 26 households of Yangbari village will be able to harvest rice coming year onwards. The channel supported by the Agriculture Marketing and Enterprise Promotion Program (AMEPP) …

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Bidders put up their defense on the Nu 35mn printing jobs

In the latest on the alleged unfairly awarded printing works of the education ministry worth almost Nu 35mn, winning bidders have stepped-up to defend themselves. Previously, accusations were made against the companies who won the bid for the printing works in which one of the strongly mentioned point was that …

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SFED positive to achieve CF targets much before time

With a good long year in hand, the Social Forestry and Extension Division (SFED) under the Department of Forests and Park Services is upbeat to achieve targets to initiate and establish 400 Community Forests (CF) in Bhutan. In fact, it might even overshoot the initial target. The current tenth plan …

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The conflict of ages

Human-wildlife conflict is ever on a climb and growing settlements and development works have only entirely worked to antagonize the situation. The results of the unbalanced equation have brought about undesirable consequences for both parties. It’s a case of who is more important; livestock for the farmers or the wild …

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Lyonchhen meets Belgium Deputy Prime Minister

Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley met with Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs, Didier Reynders, at the Gyalyong Tshokhang on August 6, 2012. Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders arrived in the country yesterday on a four-day visit. Lyonchhen said the Belgium …

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