Gaping holes in hydropower polices

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Council: The government has violated the Bhutan Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy (BSHDP) 2008 by not giving the agriculture ministry the one percent electricity royalty in cash for integrated water resource management.

Airlines instructed to resume domestic flights

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Aviation: The government has informed Tashi Air subsidiary Bhutan Airlines to recommence domestic flights by April, next year.

A new position for ‘out-of-the-box thinking’ civil servants

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RCSC: Should a civil servant be bubbling with ideas and is motivated to help improve things that lie outside their direct sphere of concern and influence, a platform is awaiting at the Royal Civil Service Commission.

Regional tourists’ vehicles still an issue

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Transport: The information and communications ministry is still looking for a possible solution to address the issue of regional tourists driving their own vehicles to visit Bhutan.

Time to deal with mounting waste

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Waste is a problem that is growing by the day. Bigger towns are facing this problem more seriously than the little ones.

Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Mother and Child Hospital to improve maternal health

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Health: Her Majesty the Queen graced the salang ceremony for construction of the much-awaited 150-bedded Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Mother and Child Hospital yesterday in Thimphu. The hospital will cater to all maternal related health services.

Thimphu’s Thromde Tshogde closes for this term

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One of the resolutions of Thimphu Thromde Tshogde is to increase the daily wage of labourers of Taba and Dechencholing starting this month.

ECB gears up for 2016 LG elections

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Election: In the build up to the local government elections 2016, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) will conduct the functional literacy and possession of skills test (FLT) for Thimphu, Phuentsholing and Gelephu dzongkhag thromdes in the first week of December.

DSA for mask and folk dancers to be revised

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MoHCA: A revision in the daily subsistence allowance (DSA) for dzongkhag mask and folk dancers should come through soon with a proposal in support of it completed and ready to be submitted to the Cabinet.

Bhutan better off with the current daily tourist tariff

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Part I In the wake of the recent spate of discussions on the possibility of revising the country’s current tourism policy (i.e. liberalizing the daily minimum tourist tariff), many of us are left anxious and worried. Assuming that the Parliament endorses the recommendations, it's disconcerting to even imagine the ramifications of sudden influx of tourists in the country.

Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs

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This is in response to the National Council’s recent recommendation on the liberalization of the daily tourism tariff.

A sewerage treatment plant to the rescue of Khuruthang town

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Town:Even if residents of Khuruthang town and those visiting are getting used to the filthy stench of leaky sewer lines and tanks, the town is finally getting a sewerage treatment plant.

“I am inspired to re-contest”

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Q&A: 1. Would you re-contest in the upcoming thromde elections?  Why? I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their overwhelming support in enabling me to complete my tenure successfully.