Assessment on lake outburst begins

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An expedition from department of hydro-met services will be fielded soon to study the outburst and ascertain the lake’s name

Flood: The Lemthang tsho (lake) outburst on June 28 evening in Laya washed away six wooden bridges  (bazams) including the only bridge that connects Laya to the rest of Gasa dzongkhag.

Foreign minister acquitted in Lhakhang Karpo case

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HAA: Following five months of court proceedings, the Haa dzongkhag court yesterday acquitted foreign minister Rinzin Dorje in connection with the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project case.

MERS case in Thailand puts Bhutan on high alert

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Health: The recent confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Thailand has put Bhutan on the red alert zone and pushed the country to step up its surveillance efforts.

Behind the great Nganglam-Denchi debate

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Township: Without harmony among parliamentarians, including council members, the “blissful land of the lotus”, Pemagatshel, will not have thromdes like other dzongkhags before the local government elections in 2016.

Residential voting not possible: ECB

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Election: It will cost the government at least Nu 120.65M (million) to arrange residential voting for the next parliament election, estimates worked out by the Election Commission of Bhutan show.

Govt. will continue to work in earnest: PM

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Report: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay focused on the objective of achieving self-reliance while presenting the state of the nation report to the Parliament yesterday.

BBIN motor vehicle agreement signed

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Trade: A Bhutanese commercial truck should be able to transport locally grown fruits all the way to Dhaka and bring back goods like clothes starting some time next year, following the signing of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal Motor Vehicle Agreement (BBIN MVA) in Thimphu, yesterday.

DHI contributes 5.35 billion to govt. coffer in 2014

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Business: Although the Druk Holding and Investments’ (DHI) contribution to the government coffer in the form of dividend and taxes increased by Nu 220M to Nu 5.35B last year, many of its cash cow companies’ did not perform well.

Directive on LPG cylinders leaves depots vacant

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LPG: The department of trade’s letter asking the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to not refill expired LPG cylinders from Bhutanese dealers has left the depots in Phuentsholing with no LPG cylinders to issue.

Election deadline pressure on thromde decision

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The joint sitting will reconvene next week to finally resolve, it is hoped, the pending issue

Parliament: With the joint sitting of Parliament still not able to come to a consensus on the declaration of proposed dzongkhag and yenlag (satellite) thromdes even after two days of extensive deliberations, the house resolved to defer its deliberation to next week.

No consensus yet on three thromdes

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Daylong thrashing out of issue by joint sitting fails to reach complete resolution

Parliament: After a daylong deliberation, the joint sitting of the Parliament yesterday could not come to a consensus on the works and human settlement ministry’s proposal for declaration of dzongkhag thromdes and yenlag (satellite) thromdes.

Airport preparedness for quakes

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Much work remains to be done if the country is to be ready for that kind of a disaster

Aviation: The need to expand Paro international airport has become a more urgent issue following the April 25 earthquake in Nepal.

A rethink on the reserve?

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Given the huge volume of import from India, opinions differ on the merit of hoarding so many dollars

Currency: Bhutan is rich in hard currency reserve, but poor when it comes to rupee, begging the question why hold on to hard currency when the volume of the country’s trade is the maximum with India?