Dorona to receive electricity next week

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Besides electricity, villagers are also awaiting payment for labour from BPC Service: After years of anticipation, residents of Dorona Chungwa and Dorona Chewa in Dagana will finally be able to light their homes with electricity.

More NFE instructors resign

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Education: After working as an instructor for the Non-Formal Education (NFE) programme for about 12 years, 32-year old Lhakpa Dema had to resign last month for not having enough required learners.

GoI announces almost Nu 3B excise duty refund

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Tax: The Government of India (GoI) announced an excise duty refund of Nu 2.91 billion (B) for the year 2015, an increase by Nu 973 million (M) compared with 2014.

Tertiary education institutions accredited

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… to ensure they meet a minimum standard

Education: Education minister Norbu Wangchuk awarded accreditation certificates to the Royal Thimphu College (RTC) and Reldri Academy of Health Sciences (RAHS) in Thimphu yesterday.

Conserving water

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The works and human settlement minister attributed poor management as one contributing factor for water shortages in the country during the National Assembly’s question-hour session yesterday.

First atlas of Bhutan now available

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Geography: His Majesty The King launched the first Atlas of Bhutan, published by the National Land Commission (NLC), on the sidelines of the rehabilitation land kidu programme in Dawathang village in Jomotshangkha on June 23.

Maintaining core competencies to eliminate malaria

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As Bhutan aims to eliminate malaria in or before 2020 

Health: Despite significant progress in controlling malaria over the years with Bhutan about to eliminate it, even a single case of malaria could flare into an epidemic.

Finding Bhutanese journalism

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Media: The most important role of the media in a democratic set up is to report news, without prejudice and correctly. However, journalism today in Bhutan is faced with several issues on what their roles and responsibilities exactly are.

Improving trade relations

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Friendship: Extension of the closing time at the Samdrupjongkhar border gate and up-gradation of the immigration system were among the many points raised by the Indian business community at the two-day Bhutan-India workshop in Samdrupjongkhar that ended Monday.

Cases involving police personnel dealt with strictly

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Council: Five policemen are either on suspension or under trial for various crimes.

The ministry has revealed this in a written response to the National Council (NC), which in the wake of media reports of police personnel being involved in crimes, had enquired what actions were taken on the accused. The house received the written response earlier this month.

Paro taxi drivers against BBIN

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They have submitted a petition against the recently passed agreement to the NC

Transport: Expressing dissatisfaction over the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) transport agreement that the National Assembly recently passed, taxi drivers in Paro have filed a petition to the National Council (NC) chairperson.

Minister fields questions on thromde issues

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... such as water shortage and accessibility for the disabled 

Assembly: There is no specific policy on making public infrastructure, private buildings and public spaces disabled-friendly said the works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden during the National Assembly’s question hour yesterday.

Health minister quizzed on health services

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Assembly: Health minister Tandin Wangchuk has called upon the people to report to the government any negligence and lapses on part of health professionals.