Buried workers’ bodies retrieved

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Project authority says that such incidents will not occur again

Update: All five bodies of the expatriate workers of Mangdechu Hydropower Project Authority were retrieved and escorted to their homes across the border by yesterday evening, six days after a massive slide of debris buried them in the dam pit.

Japan seeks to evolve relations with Bhutan

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Diplomacy: The Japanese government is exploring ways of enhancing the relationship between Bhutan and Japan into a horizontal one, achieved through trade and investments, rather than simply remaining a vertical one of donor and recipient, it was pointed out at the 10th annual consultations between the two countries, held in Thimphu, yesterday.

Jaigaon business committee appeals to Indian Consulate

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It’s an internal affair, says Consular general

ACC: Local leaders in Jaigaon, through a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, have written a letter to the India’s Consulate General office in Phuentsholing expressing concerns over the ongoing Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigation.

Are Bhutanese happier?

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The survey period for the GNH survey 2015 has been completed and data is being compiled

GNH: Despite some misgivings about their politicians, Bhutanese citizens are still a happy lot, perhaps even more so than a few years ago, going by the personal observations of the enumerators, who travelled around the country to interview respondents for the GNH survey 2015.

Buckling under the burden of booze

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Weak enforcement of alcohol laws/policies has left a growing menace that cries for attention 

Health: Bhutan lost a life every two days from alcohol-related diseases last year.  Ever since alcohol became the top killer in the country six years ago, it has claimed 12 lives a month.

Five feared trapped after major slide in Trongsa

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Breaking News: At least five workers are feared trapped after a major landslide occurred at the Mangdechu hydropower project site in Trongsa at around 11am today.

Difficulty allowance under review

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Development activities over the years has transformed rural places and are not remote anymore 

Incentive: Civil servants entitled to difficulty allowance would have lost or gained with the finance ministry still reviewing the newly worked out dholam (walking distance from nearest motorable road) the home ministry submitted.

Public service delivery mobile apps launched

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With 626,300 mobile phone users in Bhutan, mobile apps present an opportunity to deliver public services 

G2C: When travelling by road within Bhutan, especially on the east-west highway, there’s always the risk that you could encounter a block, either natural or deliberate. A few hours of waiting is not uncommon.

Helicopter company formed

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The company’s first helicopter is due to arrive on November 4

Aviation: The Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Ltd (RBHS) was established in Paro, yesterday.

ACC suspends 10 more business licenses

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Since April 20, the commission has suspended more than 34 business licenses 

Update: While the former regional director for revenue and customs, Choyzang Tashi, is still under detention for interrogation, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) this week reportedly suspended more than 10 trade and industrial licenses in connection with the ongoing investigation in Phuentsholing.

Constitution misused for a wrong decision, say Paro gups

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An appeal was submitted to the speaker to revisit the Parliament’s decision on boundary demarcation  

Thromde: Gups from the two affected gewogs of Paro led by the Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) chairperson submitted an appeal letter to the National Assembly Speaker yesterday requesting the Parliament to reconsider its decision on the thromde boundary.

Committee of Secretaries dissolved

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Cabinet: On the recommendation of the task force that was formed to review its functions, the Cabinet on April 7 this year decided to dissolve the Committee of Secretaries (CoS), an institutional arrangement that was in place for the last 14 years.

Three joint venture projects to be expedited

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The 770MW Chamkharchu project would receive priority

Hydropower: If the decision of the 14th empowered joint group (EJG) meeting held on August 3 is any indication, the country would soon embark on construction of three more joint venture (JV) hydropower projects to generate 1,520MW of electricity.