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Poverty rate has dropped to 8.2 percent from 12 and unemployment to 2 from 2.5 percent. Almost all households were found to have access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities. Literacy rate has risen to 66 percent and the consumption power of Bhutanese has increased by 82 percent.

 

Parliamentary elections are nearing. Political parties have started to announce their candidates. People’s Democratic Party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, and BKP have declared 20 candidates to date.

 

Commuters in Thimphu, especially those boarding city buses from Chang?j?iji?, will now have updated information ?about arrival and departure? timing.

 

Bhutan today is going through a catharsis of sorts. The whole of our education system is undergoing a significant revolution. Perhaps time has now arrived for us to think about education in the broader sense of the term.

 

The tourism industry, which the government identified as one of the jewels to strengthen the economy has come under much scrutiny.

 

In what could be a blow to the labour ministry, the joint sitting of the Parliament has now tasked the National Statistics Bureau to conduct the labour force surveys.

 

Roads in Bhutan are a harbinger of development. It is the country’s lifeline and impacts of being connected with a road are visible in communities.

 

Thimphu thromde’s inefficient management of drinking water supply system has put the health of the city’s residents at risk.

 

The criticisms from the Opposition and the National Council did not stop the National Assembly from passing the tourism levy exemption bill. With this, tourists travelling to the six eastern dzongkhags will not have to pay the daily royalty of USD 65 a tourist until 2020.

 

With the National Assembly snubbing the move to corporatise JDWNRH, the government has said that it would explore new ways to incentivise specialists.

 


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