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Motorist plying Indian roads warned of new traffic rules

Indian Parliament recently has passed the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill to improve the road safety in the country. Offenders will likely have to pay heavy penalties. Going by the figures shared by the relevant agencies, about 500-600 vehicles exit the Phuentsholing gate in a week bound for Samdrupjongkhar, Nganglam, Gelephu, Lhamoizingkha, and Samtse. Bhutanese vehicles […]

The Sarpang-Zhemgang Debate

The Opposition along with the National Council members are locked in an argument with the ruling Government on replacing Zhemgang with Sarpang for implementation of the tourism flagship program during the 12th Five-Year Plan. Their argument is that since the budget has been passed as a bill with the inclusion of Zhemgang for this program, […]

Cutting more forest is not the most expedient choice

This is a response to the World Bank note on which Kuensel wrote a story headlined “Forestry sector underutilized, says World Bank report” (July 25, 2019). The report referred to is The Bhutan Forest Note by the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, South Asia Region of the World Bank. The objective of the note […]

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Zero waste: Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering and officials of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet made best use of the Zero Waste Hour yesterday cleaning and gardening the surrounding of the Gyalyong Tshokhang

Bhutanese observe zero waste hour

The third “Zero Waste Hour” saw about 150 individuals from various agencies gather to collect about 10 tonnes of waste in Thimphu yesterday. Led by the minister for agriculture and forest, the officials and volunteers from government agencies, members of civil society organisations, private agencies, and students participated in the cleaning campaign. To read more, […]

At the Yartsa Goenbub auction yard

It is a normal day in Chamkhar, Bumthang.  But the commercial hub of the dzongkhag wears a deserted look with most shops closed. Nothing has happened. Most businesses have moved to Chhoekhor in upper Bumthang. The business, at least for a few days, is in Chhoekhor. The annual auctioning of cordyceps draws a huge crowd. […]

PM not convinced with quality of APA

For the past two weeks, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has been on a marathon of meetings, visiting agencies and ministries to review the targets and deliverables in their annual performance agreement (APA). He is not impressed most times. During a review meeting with the departments in the agriculture ministry yesterday, Lyonchhen said that he […]

First ever fire training facility at Chamgang

The first ever fire training facility in the country was inaugurated by Mario Fehr, minister of the government of the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, and Home Minister Sherub Gyeltshen, at Chamgang in Thimphu yesterday. The Nu 10.09 million facility was funded by the government of the Canton of Zurich. To read more, please subscribe by […]

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Bhutan Post yesterday opened a new gallery dedicated to valuable philatelic and communication products. The  collections, a rare stamps, maps, clippings, newsletters, stamped envelops, documents and other mixed artifacts, was granted by His Majesty The King. The collection was submitted to His Majesty The King by Mrs Marion Hass, a long time friend of Bhutan.

People have the right to question election process: Tsirang court

Tsirang dzongkhag court altered the charge of making a false statement to defamation and sentenced Kalay Dukpa, 52, from Semjong to 10 months in prison. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) had charged Kalay Dukpa for violating section 560 (c) of the Election Act of Bhutan 2008, which states, “a person shall be guilty of […]

Committee explores middle path on Mines and Minerals Bill

Recognising its urgency, the National Assembly’s economic and finance committee is making efforts to table the Mines and Minerals Bill 2020 as an urgent Bill in the winter session. The mines and minerals sector has been recognised as one of the five economic jewels because of its potential for revenue and job creation. But the government has not issued new mining and quarrying licenses since 2013 for want of a new Act.

Thimphu Thromde asked to redo its APA

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has asked Thimphu Thromde to rework on its annual performance agreement (APA) activities during the thromde’s APA for the current fiscal year review meeting on July 31. Since the Prime Minister started visiting ministries and agencies to review the targets and deliverables in the APA, most of them have been […]