Understanding ‘Brexit’

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Please note this is not meant to be a comprehensive article but rather giving a general overview of what has happened, its implications and its consequences.

No significant rise in drug arrests since 2010: Health minister

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However the minister said the Govt. cannot afford to be complacent  

Event: Since 2010, there has not been a significant rise in arrests related to drug use and its illicit trafficking, health minister Tandin Wangchuk said during an event to observe International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, yesterday.

Rising multi-drug resistant TB cases

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Despite Bhutan’s laudable progress in the TB control programme

WHO: Despite Bhutan’s laudable progress in the Tuberculosis (TB) control programme over the years, the increasing number of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) poses a threat to the achievements made so far.

Economic minister quizzed again

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Assembly: As if the National Council (NC) calling the economic affairs minister Lekey Dorji for a second time to the house was not enough, National Assembly (NA) members, both from the government and the opposition, chose to ask him most of the questions during the question-hour session, yesterday.

Govt. allocates budget for local polls

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LG: The government has allocated a total of Nu 75.9 million (M) to the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) for various activities in the financial year 2016-17.

USD 4.26M for improvement of city roads

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However the grant will be released only if ADB’s requirements are met

Infrastructure: Residents in Lungtenphu, Thimphu will soon have improved and broader roads with road widening work from Semtokha (manidungkhor area) to the Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School (YHSS) parking expected to start in October this year.

Efforts to boost mushroom farming

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Partnership: The University of the Ryukyus, Japan and the National Mushroom Centre (NMC) signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to boost commercial mushroom farming in five dzongkhags.

Pedestrian safety on the expressway

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A pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run incident on the expressway this week.

This is not the first death to occur on this road.

APA evaluation to begin soon

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Development: The government Performance Management Division (GPMD) will evaluate the 2015-16 annual performance of the dzongkhags and some 36 government agencies next month.

EIB agreement will bring investment support to Bhutan: EU

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Q&A: The European Union’s head of South Asia external affairs, Maria Castillo, spoke with  Kuensel’s Thinley Zangmo, during her visit to the country

What is the purpose of your visit?
This is my third visit to the country. I have been dealing with Bhutan since 2012. This time I’m going a bit out of Thimphu to other dzongkhags to see the countryside,

Electric fencing proving successful in Bumthang

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Agriculture: Electric fencing has eased the lives of farmers in Ura, Bumthang. They no longer have to spend sleepless nights in their farm houses guarding crops today.