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Economy not recovering, but not the worst: Finance Minister

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The capital budget implementation rate in the first five months of the ongoing fiscal year has not decreased despite the Covid-19 pandemic derailing economic activities, the finance minister said at the press meet yesterday.
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Finance Minister proposes extension of fiscal incentives by a year

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The finance minister yesterday tabled the Fiscal Incentives (amendment) Bill 2020 extending the current exemptions to December 31, 2021. Exemptions under Fiscal Incentives Act 2017 expire on December 31, 2020, except for the income tax exemption to small and micro businesses in rural areas, which will end on December 31, 2024.
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Only one lhakhang from a gewog to receive government support

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The home ministry is waiting for dzongkhags to submit a list of lhakhangs, one lhakhang from a gewog, which needs support from the government to conduct rituals and festivals to sustain age-old traditions.
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A collective moral responsibility

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The figures are worrying. In just about a year, gender-based…
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Multi-sectoral committee failed their role in RNR marketing: NC  

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The non-functional multi-sectoral committee (MSC) of the agriculture ministry has impeded the effective implementation of renewable natural resources (RNR) marketing policy according to the National Council’s natural resources and environment committee.
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Entitlement (Amendment) Bill proposes 10 new Sections 

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National Assembly yesterday endorsed the motion to table the Entitlement and Service Conditions (Amendment) Bill for the Holders, Members and Commissioners of Constitutional Offices of Bhutan 2020 Bill and decided to deliberate on the bill. 
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Bhutan-1 is just a beginning

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Bhutan-1, the country’s first satellite has reached the earth’s atmosphere and is predicted to have disintegrated over South America on November 19. All satellites are bound to disintegrate, a natural process. The life span of Bhutan-1 was six months but it had been in space for two year and three months and orbited the earth more than 13,000 times.
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Safety casualty issue  

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Given the increasing casualties from archery, the home ministry will soon consult the relevant agencies to improve safety measures at the archery ranges across the country.
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Covid-19 pandemic affects govt.’s plan to convert Samtse to thromde

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Although the global pandemic did not affect much of the government’s capital expenditure, it had hit the recurring expenses, according to Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering. He said that it delayed the government’s plan to convert Samtse as the fifth thromde.
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Traditional medical services to help cancer patients 

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Cancer patients and those suffering from long term illnesses now have the option to avail traditional medical services to reduce pain and suffering.   Her Royal Highness Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck launched the services yesterday in Thimphu.   
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Orange export becoming expensive

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The orange export season is here but the largest export point in the country, Gelephu, is yet to ready the stockyard this year. Exporters are preparing depots and temporary hostels to house over 300 workers who would grade and pack the fruit.
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