World Environment Day 2016: Sustaining our Wildlife

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In a world where consumerism and materialism are increasing, the celebration of World Environment Day is a time to reflect on whether our collective behaviour needs to be modified to address challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

Haa-Chuzom road widening to begin soon

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Connectivity: The groundbreaking ceremony for the widening of the Chuzom-Haa road took place yesterday at Neymo in Naja gewog, Paro.
The newly paved road had to be dug up as a result of water seepage problems

A budget outlay of almost Nu 50B

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Major initiatives to strengthen decentralisation on the cards

Finance: The initiatives to realise the government’s ideology of Wangtse Chirphel or power decentralisation has surfaced in a Nu 49.9 billion (B) budget outlay for the fiscal year 2016-17, which the finance minister presented yesterday in the national assembly.

The newly paved road had to be dug up as a result of water seepage problems

Parliament sticks to previous Paro thromde boundary

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NA: Following a daylong deliberation amid confusion and accusations flying back and forth, the joint sitting of Parliament yesterday decided to endorse the previous boundary map for Paro dzongkhag thromde that the fifth session of Parliament had endorsed.
Trekkers along the Jomolhari trail on which rural electrification works are occurring

The paradox of progress

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The ongoing rural electrification works along the Jomolhari trek has allegedly obstructed trekking activities
Tourism: The ongoing rural electrification works along the Jomolhari trek route to supply electricity to the remote gewogs of Soe and Lingzhi has obstructed trekking activities along the route, according to tour operators.
The newly paved road had to be dug up as a result of water seepage problems

Investigation team to leave for Qatar soon

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Employment: A team from the labour ministry will leave for Qatar to discuss the issue of the unpaid Bhutanese employees on June 5.
The newly paved road had to be dug up as a result of water seepage problems

Man who killed taxi driver given 30-year prison sentence

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His accomplice was sentenced to 10 years
Crime: Thimphu district court’s bench IV, yesterday sentenced the three men involved in the murder of a 50-year-old taxi driver in Thimphu last year to prison terms ranging from eight months to 30 years.
The newly paved road had to be dug up as a result of water seepage problems

Cleaning house

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The exit-survey conducted by the Tourism Council last year has revealed that road conditions topped complaints from tourists.
The vegetable market in Phuentsholing

BAFRA continues to test vegetables and fruits

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Safety: Following the recent temporary ban on import of beans and cauliflower due to chemical contents beyond permissible limit, the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is continuously testing vegetables and fruits in Phuentsholing.
The newly paved road had to be dug up as a result of water seepage problems

New road dug up less than a month later

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Water seepage was found to be the problem
Infrastructure: With several portions of a newly paved road in the Thinleygang area on the Wangdue-Thimphu highway being dug up, local leaders are raising questions about quality and monitoring.
The newly paved road had to be dug up as a result of water seepage problems

Panbang BHU faces erratic power supply

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Electricity: With the onset of monsoon, residents of Panbang are anxious about the unreliable electricity supply.