The late clarification slaughters the meaty debate

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Thanks to the question in the Parliament on the government’s livestock mega projects. It has helped extract the much-needed clarification.

How Inclusive is Bhutan’s Growth?

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Part 1 of 2

1. ESCAP’s Inclusive Growth Index

In line with the ESCAP’s mandate to bring 743 millions of poor people in Asia and the Pacific region into the economic mainstream,

Chokhorling goes back to paddy cultivation

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Improved security and a govt. carrot and stick policy persuades locals to return to the land

Agriculture: Hope and nostalgia is the mood as farmers, young and old, of Bafudar village in Samdrupjongkhar returned to their paddy fields after more than two decades.

Maggi samples to be sent for tests in Thai labs

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BAFRA: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) has sent samples of Maggi noodles to test at the authority’s national food testing laboratory in Yusipang after Indian media reported the noodle containing high amount of lead and monosodium glutamate (MGS).

Assembly to review Dzongkha teacher shortage issue

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Q-Hour: The social and cultural committee of the National Assembly (NA) was directed to review the shortage of Dzongkha language teachers in some dzongkhags and excess in others. The report will be discussed at the next (6th) parliament session.

India to refund Nu 1.943B for 2014 in excise duty

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The reimbursement for 2013 will be released in the current financial year

GoI: The government of India (GoI) yesterday declared a total excise duty refund of Nu 1.943B (billion) to Bhutan for 2014.

This is an increase of Nu 187M (million) from the previous year.  Bhutan received Nu 1.756B as excise duty refund for 2013.

Man sentenced to three years

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Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years imprisonment for raping and impregnating an 18-year-old last December.

23-man squad announced for Hong Kong match

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World Cup: Veteran Passang Tshering of Thimphu City FC, FC Tertons’ captain Kinley Wangchuk, Drukstars’ Dawa Tshering, under-19 national player, Yeshi Dorji and Thimphu FC’s goalie Kinzang Gyelrhen are the five new players to join the Dragon Boys.

Indo-Bhutan trade transcends diplomatic ties

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Relation is most liberal and oldest free trade agreement, say officials from both sides

Commerce: With the ferro silicon industries facing stiff competition from those in China and Vietnam, the government has requested the Indian government to provide preference to Bhutanese ferro silicon.

Council weighs in on election issues

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Legislative committee to submit a final report for adoption

NC: The National Council yesterday resolved that the election Act does not need an amendment to include the provision of it being a continuous house, since it was already stated in the National Council (amendment) bill, which the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) assured would be respected.

Deliberations on jabmi bill to continue

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Assembly: The National Assembly yesterday resolved that the president of the jabmi tshogdey (bar council) would be elected from its members.

Dough fat racket unearthed

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The unlabelled product was found to mislead and give false information

OCP: One month after launching the consumer protection rules and regulations by the economic affairs ministry, the office of consumer protection (OCP) received a complaint about misleading the people and giving false representation of a product.

Mangdechu project designed to withstand major quake

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Hydropower: Clearing rising apprehensions surrounding the safety of Mangdechu hydropower project (MHP) from earthquakes, the authority claims that the project is safe and will be stable in the event of an earthquake, because of inclusion of earthquake parameters in the structures.