bhutantoday

LPG woes in the capital

Thimphu residents, these days, have to be patient if they want to refill their Liq­uefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders. Standing in long queue from early morning has become the norm. Many repeat the routine for several days without success. Karma Tshering, one of the customers said he had been fourth time unlucky. “For the past three days, I had difficulty …

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Recruitment of foreign domestic worker to be studied: National Assembly

Minister of Home and Cul­ture affairs, Lyonpo Sherub Gyeltshen said that a com­mittee comprising of five members from relevant agen­cies have been formed to study the matters regarding the recruitment of foreign domestic workers in respond to Dramedtse-Ngatshang MP. The secretary of labour min­istry is the chairman, while the director of law and order, director general of labour ministry, director …

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Class VIII qualification not required for taxi drivers

Information and Communica­tion minister Karma Donnen Wangdi announced the house that no class VIII qualification will be required to get the taxi driving license during the ques­tion and answer session in on-going National Assembly. Khatoed-Laya MP, Tenzin raised an issue over the require­ment of class VIII qualification to get the taxi driving license. He said that it is imperative for …

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Air Service Agreement with United Arab Emirates ratified

The bill of the Air Service Agreement between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of the United Arab Emirates was passed this week. 38 voted for the motion and 2 voted against the motion while 1 abstained. The motion was moved by the information and communication minister, Karma Donnen Wangdi. He said that it is in accordance with …

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Motion moved for flight service and border entry/exit

The Dewathang-Gomdar MP, Ugyen Dorji moved the house to motion for the need to institute special and targeted measures to promote tourism for balanced regional development. He said that tourism is considered as important sector worldwide where it brought great development. He pointed out that globally tourism contributed US$ 7.6 trillion to the global economy which tantamount 10.2 percent of …

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Waiting for report to commence Kuri-Gongri Hydro project

During the question hour session on Friday in the National Assembly, the Minister of Economic Affairs, Loknath Sharma informed the house that the start of Kuri-Gongri Hydropower project will depend on Detailed Project Report (DPR), which is expected to be complete by 2019. He said, “Until then, it is so early to discuss in the house.” Kengkhar-Weringla MP, Rinzin Jamtsho …

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Regional tourism office to develop tourism

The concession of 65 US dollar per day for three years to tourists visiting eastern dzongkhags by the previous government may have benefited or may benefit in future, according to the minister of economic affairs, Loknath Sharma. Bardo-Trong MP, Gyembo Tshering during the question hour asked the minister how the concession had benefited the people, indicating that tourism has biggest …

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Government to continue with REDCL

The Government will contin­ue with the scheme of Rural Enterprise Development Cor­poration Limited (REDCL), under Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP), for rural develop­ment. The issue was raised by Nanong-Shumar MP Lung­ten Namgyal during the 2nd question hour session on Fri­day in the National Assembly. MP Lungten Namgyel asked the Finance Minister, if the present Government is going to continue with the …

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The reality of TVET: National Council

The Technical and Voca­tional Education and Train­ing (TVET) are unable to respond effectively to the purpose it was established for. It was learnt in the ongo­ing 22nd session of National Council (NC) on January 8, that TVET system has been failing to meet its standard. The matter was submitted by Special Committee for TVET for deliberation to the House. According …

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The Painter from Bumdeling

Gyempo Wangchuk, a 32 years old man from Bum­deling, Trashiyangtse gave up education at a very early age. He later joined in Rig­sum Goenpa and studied Buddhism. Rigsum Goen­pa was the place where he found his destiny to be­come a painter. He spent six years in National Institute Zhorig Chusum (Thirteen Arts and Crafts) where he practical­ly learnt about traditional …

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