Election commission ready for thromde elections

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The commission however maintains that there is no need to amend the Election Act 

LG: With the completion of the functional literacy test (FLT) in the three thromdes of Thimphu, Phuentsholing and Gelephu earlier this month, there are now 5,165 perspective candidates across the country for the upcoming local government elections.

Cabinet endorses six months paid maternity leave

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Health: The Cabinet has endorsed the proposed six months paid maternity leave along with six months flexi time.

Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden said the cabinet reviewed and made necessary changes on the proposal in the recent Cabinet meeting. The approved proposal has been sent to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC).

First modern bus stop opened

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Transport: As part of an effort to improve public transport in Thimphu city, a model bus stop was inaugurated along the expressway, yesterday.

Bhutan’s voice was heard: Lyonchoen

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About 200 nations agree to limit warming to two degrees

UNFCCC: Long before the climate summit in Paris last week, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay expected the meeting of almost 200 nations to set ambitious targets that are legally binding.

To tell or not to tell

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Questions asked on who should be the authority to reveal one’s HIV status 

Health: The 29-year-old woman, who was claimed to be an alcoholic and an alleged HIV positive, is admitted to the Thimphu referral hospital for treatment, health officials said.

Human Rights issue probed

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Questions on legislations that protect the rights of women, children and the third gender were raised

Rights: The chairman of the human rights committee of the National Assembly was asked some tough questions by youth participants during a panel discussion held to commemorate Human Rights Day, in Thimphu, yesterday.

Sixth session of the second Parliament concludes

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Parliament: The declaration of three thromdes, the tourism tariff and issues in ratifying international conventions were the highlight of the sixth session of the Parliament that concluded yesterday.

“Govt. financially stable for thromde elections”

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…says works and human settlement minister but whether all elections will be held at once will depend on the ECB

NA: A budget of Nu 2 billion is allocated for municipality development activities in the 20 dzongkhag thromdes, the works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden said.

HM appoints eminent members, RMA governor, dzongdags

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Appointment: His Majesty The King conferred Tashi Khadar to the three new eminent members of the National Council, the governor of the Central Bank and two dzongdags yesterday at the Trashichhodzong.

Fair compensation for landowners: PM

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NA: Those losing their land to high voltage power transmission lines would be fairly compensated, the Prime Minister informed the National Assembly on December 4 at the question hour.

Govt. asks Bangladesh to limit buses and trucks to border

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Agreement: In what may comfort local truckers worried about the implications of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal Motor Vehicle Agreement (BBIN MVA), the government has requested Bangladesh to limit their cargo and bus services to the Bhutanese border, the information and communications minister said.

Truckers fear BBIN agreement will drive them out of game

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They plan to sell off their vehicles if the agreement gets implemented  Transport: Lately, the Phuentsholing truck parking area has become a debate stage for truckers across the country. The Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicles agreement (MVA) has not infused motivation in them.

Shingkhar-Gorgan highway to complete in 2017

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Roads: Construction of the controversial 55-kilometre Shingkhar-Gorgan highway proposed a decade ago would complete in December 2017, the works and human settlement minister said.