OAG takes former labour minister, wife, niece and two others to court

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The former minister of labour and human resource, Ngeema Sangay Tsempo, his wife, niece and a hotel manager are charged before the court for four offences in connection with the Bhutanese youth training programme in India.

Test Drive to Bhutan

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Labour ministry explores air ambulance to bring back Sonam Tamang

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Even though there is a demand to bring back Sonam Tamang from Japan, from many Bhutanese, including parliamentarians from her constituency, the patient’s medical condition calls for a deeper study of the option.
The water flagship programme will be led by the National Environment Commission Secretariat

Committee explores middle path on Mines and Minerals Bill

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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.
The water flagship programme will be led by the National Environment Commission Secretariat

Police detains BEO owners

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Thimphu police on Tuesday arrested the owners of Bhutan Employment Overseas (BEO) Tenzin Rigden and Jurmey Tshewang for alleged forgery of documents in connection with the Learn and Earn Programme (LEP) in Japan.This was following a petition submitted by the parents’ representatives and youth sent to Japan through LEP to the Chief of Police on June 27. About 100 parents went to the Royal Bhutan Police Headquarters to register a criminal complaint against BEO.
Korphu GC road in Trongsa (File Photo)

GC roads to be returned to LG

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The department of roads (DoR) is working on the modalities to handover the gewog connectivity (GC) roads to the local government (LG) following a directive from the Cabinet.The ministry plans to return all 205 GC roads to the gewogs through the dzongkhag administrations. The modality is expected to be ready in a few days time.
Idle: Farmers of Zhelgno village in Paro took matters in their own hands and shut down the plant

Zhelgno residents shut down hot mix plant in Paro

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After their plea to stop a bitumen-processing firm for health and socio-economic reasons fell on deaf ears, the people of Zhelgno in Paro decided to stop the hot mix plant from operating in their village themselves. On July 15, about 30 people intervened at the site and stopped the movement of trucks along the farm road. Two fully filled bitumen tanks and a processing machine remain idle at the site today.
Kuchikhola stream in Tsirang (Photo: Kaka, Sr Forestry Officer, WMD)

Water users pay community to protect water source

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The Paokhola water source in Tsirang will be legally protected to benefit the environment, consumers and the community close to the source.The community of Thakorling and Khuchi-Darachhu and the users living in Damphu signed the Payment for Environmental Services (PES) affirming the collaborative effort to protect Paokhola water source last week.
The water flagship programme will be led by the National Environment Commission Secretariat

Govt. stands by its decision on Zhemgang

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The prime minister has brushed off the accusation that the government’s decision to replace Zhemgang with Sarpang as one of the four dzongkhags in the tourism flagship programme was in violation of law.Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering held a three-page justification prepared by the Office of Attorney general (OAG) as he defended the government’s decision at the monthly meet the press yesterday.
The water flagship programme will be led by the National Environment Commission Secretariat

Exploring cannabis for possible medicinal value

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A joint research project between the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) and a Dutch company is underway to determine the chemical and genetic diversity of cannabis and to explore possible medicinal value of the plant species found in Bhutan.Initiated in March last year, the main objective of the research is to document physical characteristics (phenotypic), chemical and genetic diversity of cannabis found in Bhutan.
The difference in price between subsidised and non-subsidised is Nu 192

No subsidised LPG in thromdes from next year

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Despite various reforms and initiatives, the call to switch from subsidised to non-subsidised cooking gas has not worked well to date.In the last three months, 2,091 subsidised LPG were surrendered and 3,411 non-subsidised gas availed.
Landslide triggered by heavy rain buried three road workers, who were clearing the drain along the Samtse - Haa highway yesterday. The backhoe loader and the bodies have been retrieved.

Landslide buries three in Dumtey

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Two department of roads (DoR) workers and one private excavation operator, all men, died yesterday when a landslide buried them at Khalinggaon, which is about 22.5km towards Haa from Dorokha on the new Samtse-Haa national highway.The incident occurred around 11am when they were cleaning a drain along the road. The landslide was caused due to incessant rain.
The water flagship programme will be led by the National Environment Commission Secretariat

Water flagship programme to include irrigation

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Prime Minister, Dr Lotay Tshering has asked the team heading the water flagship programme to rework on its components and activities planned for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. During a review meeting of the flagship programme yesterday, Lyonchhen asked the team to include irrigation water along with drinking water supply under the flagship programme.