Cabinet approves proposal to waive tax on fixed deposits

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…as part of a move to encourage saving

Saving: The Cabinet yesterday approved the Central Bank’s proposal to waive taxes on interest earned from fixed deposits. It is now up to Parliament to endorse the move.

Parliament to get its own TV station and radio

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Media: An independent radio and TV station for Parliament are in the pipeline.

The radio station is likely to be started in the near future as the UNDP (United Nation Development Programme) has already committed to fund its establishment. Setting up the TV station, however, will take time as funds have to be mobilised.

Journalist’s appeal doesn’t merit Govt. intervention: PM

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Update: The Prime Minister said that the appeal of a freelance journalist calling for an enquiry against the Chief justice of Bhutan doesn’t merit the government’s intervention.

Australia alumni hold first networking event

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Dialogue: More than 55 Australia Awards scholarship alumni attended the first ever Alumni Professional Networking Event conducted by the Australia Awards -  Bhutan program in Thimphu yesterday.

Most important, closest and nearest to people

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The successful conclusion of the second Local Government (LG) Elections 2016 is yet another milestone in the country’s endeavour towards laying a strong foundation for democracy to succeed for all times to come.

JICA to train Bhutanese bridge engineers

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Engineers: To ensure safety and security of over 272 existing bridges, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will train over 56 Bhutanese engineers in construction and maintenance of bridges in the next three years.

Tang gewog gets no dzongkhag development grant

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Budget: Tang Gup Ugyen Nima, in the recent dzongkhag tshogdu, requested the Ura gup to share the budget that the dzongkhag allocated for a beekeeping association in Shingnyer, Ura.

LG leaders want DDG shared equally

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LG: Samdrupjongkhar’s newly elected local government (LG) leaders elected it’s chairperson and vice chairperson on October 27.

Potatoes fetching better prices this year

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Agriculture: Potato farmers across the country are fetching better prices than last year at the auction yard in Phuentsholing. Along with the good prices, production is also better this year.

A marathon? A race? A cultural encounter?

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It is October 16, 2016. High on the Alpine plateau of Langothang, in Laya, a large crowd had gathered to watch the climax of the first Snowman Run in Bhutan.

Veteran singers recognised for their contributions

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Music: To honour and recognise the country’s most distinguished performing artists, two veterans singers were awarded Bhutan’s Living Treasure for Culture Award in Thimphu yesterday.

Bhutan presents CEDAW report to UN

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Report: Bhutan presented its eighth and ninth combined periodic report to the Committee on the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on October 27 at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, according to a foreign affairs press release.