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    His Majesty The King grants Dhar to new Dzongdas and Cabinet Secretary

    Posted 18 July 2018 | 12:05 pm

    L-R: Lobzang Dorji (Zhemgang Dzongda), Tenzin Dorji (Trongsa Dzongda), and Pema (Tsirang Dzongda).

    His Majesty The King granted Dhar to the newly appointed Dzongdas of Trongsa, Tsirang and Zhemgang, and the Cabinet Secretary at the Tashichhodzong today.

    Fifty-year-old Tenzin Dorji is the new Trongsa Dzongda. He was the previously the Secretary of the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA). He started his career as a teacher in Drugyel High School in 1994.

    Forty eight-year-old-Pema, the former Executive Secretary of Gelephu Thromde, has been appointed as Tsirang Dzongda. He started his career as an Assistant Director of Forests in 1998. He has also served as Dzongrab in Chhukha, Dagana and Wangdue Phodrang.

    Zhemgang’s new Dzongda is 46-year-old Lobzang, who was formerly the Director of Secretariat Services with the Cabinet Secretariat. He started his career as a Senior Auditor with the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) in 1998.

    Cabinet Secretary Kesang Wangdi

    Kesang Wangdi, the former Director General of the Department of Bilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is now the Cabinet Secretary.

    In accordance with Article 2.19 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, His Majesty The King appoints Secretaries and Dzongdas on the recommendation of the prime minister.

    The prime minister obtains nominations from the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) on the basis of merit and seniority and in accordance with other relevant rules and regulations.

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    Damchu-Chhukha bypass inaugurated

    Posted 18 July 2018 | 11:50 am

      After missing several deadlines, the Damchu-Chhukha bypass is finally complete and open to traffic. Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay inaugurated the 29.19- kilometre road in Damchu today.

    The bypass will shorten the distance between Thimphu and Phuentshogling by over 19 kilometres and cut down travel time by an hour.

    “This newly elongated stretch will save both time and money,” the prime minister said.

    “A truck would save eight liters of diesel for every trip. Every light vehicle would save 2.5 litres of fuel and that comes to about Nu 200 every time a journey is made to Thimphu or Phuentshogling.”

    People residing along the road hope the highway would spur business opportunities for them.

    “We can take up commercial farming as we now have an easy access to road,” Ugyen Tshering said.

    “We are building a house just next to the highway. I hope the road will present opportunities for us to venture into various businesses,” Shekhar Choden said.

    Others are just happy to be living near a highway. They think their children’s future is set already.

    “The road is built nicely. Earlier, we had to drive up till Chapcha to go to Phuentshogling or Thimphu and the roads were narrow and dangerous to use,” Thinley said.

    “Initially, I was not happy to give my land for the road construction, but now I am happy. I am sure the road will help my children build their future,” Ugyen Dema said.

    The construction of the bypass, which cost more than Nu 2.8bn, started in March 2010.

    Project DANTAK says cutting through the cliffs near Chhukha posed numerous challenges, which led to delays.

    The delay in awarding of the works to construct the bridges along the route is cited as another factor that impeded the work progress.

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    Thai PM to arrive tomorrow for two-day visit

    Posted 18 July 2018 | 11:39 am

     The Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, will arrive in the country tomorrow on a two-day official visit.

    This is Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s first official visit to Bhutan. He is visiting the country at the invitation of Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay.

    During the visit, the Thai prime minister will receive an audience with His Majesty The King.

    Bhutan and Thailand enjoy warm and cordial relations. The two countries established formal diplomatic relations in November 1989.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the visit marks an important milestone in the close and friendly relations between the two kingdoms.

    The visit is also a part of the tradition of regular exchange of high-level visits between the two countries.

    The foreign ministry also said the visit will provide impetus to the strong ties of friendship and goodwill between the Royal Families, governments, leaders and the people of the two countries.

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