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Penjore calls for face-off with AG

The defendant seeks to fight the accuser one-on-one in the court of law By Tashi Namgyal In his latest rebuttal, the defendant in the “OAG’s AG Vs Penjore” case, Penjore seeks to openly challenge the Attorney General (AG) Lungten Dubjur in the court of law, but through a “fair ground”. Notwithstanding the nature of the case, Penjore claims that since …

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SDF hands over Nu 73 million as COVID-19 grant

Staff Reporter The SAARC Development Fund (SDF) today handed over the USD 1 million (Nu 73.31 million) to the Ministry of Health as COVID-19 emergency grant. Officer-in-Charge of SDF, Mr. Anuj Goel, presented a cheque of USD 0.5 million (Nu 36.66 million), the first tranche/50 percent of the grant amount, to Health Secretary Dr. Pandup Tshering. The remaining amount would …

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Holy smokes: Govt. mulls over exploring medical marijuana

By Sonam Choki In a recent change of stance against the much-debated uses of the weed, Foreign Affairs minister Dr Tandi Dorji said the government is exploring ways to legalise marijuana for medicinal use in the country. The Foreign Affairs Minister said this when the Member of Parliament (MP) from Dramedtse-Ngatshang constituency quizzed him as to when the Narcotic Drugs, …

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Improving mother and child health

By Chimi Wangmo The Ministry of Health (MoH) in partnership with UNDP and JICA, and fund support from the Government of Japan, launched mobile cardiotocography devices, or iCTG this week. The introduction of mobile iCTG is a part of the Health Ministry’s initiative, “Reaching every pregnant woman with quality gynaecological and obstetric services”, which is a gift and blessing from …

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NCGS creating regional imbalance

The Economic and Finance Committee calls for a balance in the pendulum swing By Tashi Namgyal The much touted National Credit Guarantee Scheme (NCGS) has invited criticism from the lower house of the parliament, with members widely pointing out the imbalance in the distribution of NCGS projects across the country. From a total of 81 business projects which were approved …

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Farm shop business drains millions

By Sonam Choki In an unsavory development in the ongoing parliament, t he Agriculture and Forests Minister Yeshey Penjor revealed that the Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) had incurred losses of more than Nu 100 M from farm shops across the country in the last four years. While presenting the Review Report on Farm Shops at the National Assembly, …

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Customs Duty revision sparks debate and friction in parliament

Some members of the National Council shared their concerns over government’s decision to revise customs duty to uniform 10 % By Tandin Wangchuk Notwithstanding the government’s move to levy a uniform 10% customs duty on all goods imported from third countries, some members of the NC expressed their concerns over the government’s decision. They said this untimely move by the …

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An education roadmap for the 21st century

The Education Reform document will outline the challenges and issues faced, aspirations and potentials of the way forward for education in line with the Royal Kasho. By Chimi Wangmo Drawing inspiration from the Royal Kasho, Education Minister Jai Bir Rai during the ongoing parliamentary session said the ministry has developed the Education Roadmap for the 21st century which is about …

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Why was I detained?

The man, known by the alias Penjore Penjore, is seeking answers per se the Constitution on what legal grounds has he been detained by the OAG and without a court warrant. By Tashi Namgyal Even after 16 days being out of the detention centre, the one question which pertinently lingers in the mind of Penjore is the grounds on which …

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Mountain Hazelnuts puts staff on unpaid leave

It was a difficult move for the venture as they looks to offset COVID-19 impacts and for the long-term continuity of the company By Phurpa Wangmmo The Impact of COVID- 19 is being felt by individuals, businesses, and countries all around the world. In Bhutan, Mountain Hazelnuts Ventures Pvt. Ltd. is the latest company to take a hit from the …

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