Changing Bhutan

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There weren’t so many buildings and roads. We had more land under cultivation that would turn lush green in summer and vastly aureate in winter. And our streets were safe and by much quieter. That was a long time ago.

Two tshogpa candidates for Chongeykha-Dophulhaka

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LG: After five years without a tshogpa, Chongeykha-Dophulhaka will have two candidates for the post in the upcoming Local Government (LG) elections.

Realtime road conditions info now online

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The works and human settlement ministry also launched an info system on water and sanitation 

Connectivity: To help travellers avoid getting stranded or caught up in long queues at roadblocks, the Department of Roads (DoR) launched a road conditions information system that is available on both its website and as a mobile application.

Bhutanese table tennis players look for their first Int’l win

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Table Tennis: Three Bhutanese table tennis players will take part in the upcoming 2016 India Junior and Cadet Open tournament in Indore, India next month.

Villagers disgruntled with urban tax

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Some of the villagers of Weeling paid significantly higher taxes this year as their lands fall under Trongsa town’s extended boundary 

Tax: The people of Weeling village under Nubi gewog in Trongsa are unhappy with the Trongsa municipal’s office making them pay urban land tax from this year.

Differences in local leaders’ and MPs’ gratuity provision

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Benefits: While local leaders, as per their local government members’ entitlement Act are not entitled to gratuity for retiring before the five-year term, Members of Parliament (MP) are eligible for gratuity even if they vacate the post before completing their term, as per the amended parliamentary entitlements Act 2014.

Six govt. executives transferred

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Transfer: Karma Tshering, formerly the director general of the Royal Institute of Management has been transferred to the Department of School Education as the new director general.

Seventh edition of Mountain Echoes ends

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Mountain Echoes 2016: The seventh edition of Mountain Echoes came to an end with the Chief Royal Patron of Mountain Echoes, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck sharing an intimate time with the audience and participants in a hall that was packed beyond its capacity in Thimphu yesterday.

No women candidates for gup and mangmi in Gasa

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LG: Eight gup and nine mangmi candidates have been nominated from the chiwog zomdus held in the four gewogs of Gasa.

Small number of women candidates in Mongar

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LG: More than a hundred candidates will contest for the posts of gup and mangmi in the local government elections in Mongar on September 29. Chiwog zomdus concluded on August 25 in the dzongkhag.

38 gup candidates in Tsirang

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LG: Tsirang has completed its chiwog zomdus in all its 60 chiwogs.

Less Sangay Shumu but better prices this year

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Fungi: Uraps fetched better prices for Sangay Shamu (tricholoma matsutake) mushrooms over the last year.

Encouraging a research culture

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In another welcome move, the education ministry has introduced the Sherig Endowment Fund with the objective of providing equitable access to quality education to children across the country.