Monday , February 20 2017
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We welcome more stakeholder intervention

In a significant development concerning Department of Local Governance’s (DLG) September 12 notification and local government leaders’ entitlement issues that it gave birth to, Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) and the National Council (NC) have walked in to clarify that members of local governments are declared elected from the day the election results are declared, not from the day they are administered oath or affirmation of office.

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Why another fire?

For the fourth time in six years, another major fire broke out in Chamkhar town in Bumthang. This time, four buildings housing 22 shops and homes were razed.

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Whence the problem?

A notification issued by the Department of Local Governance (DLG) on September 12 has apparently affected some of the local government leaders by at least a month’s salary less. They are of the view that the notification is in violation of Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2008 and Local Government Members Entitlement Act of Bhutan 2015.

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Anti-Corruption initiatives must come top-down

Bhutan Transparency Initiative’s National Corruption Barometer Survey has found that favouritism and nepotism in recruitment, promotion and transfer, misuse of public funds and facilities, and the deliberate delaying of decisions with twisted motives are the most prevalent forms of corruption in the country.

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Clearing backlog of cases in courts

Thrimchi Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk inaugurated specialised benches in Thimphu’s dzongkhag court yesterday. The court now has two benches for criminal cases and a bench each for civil, commercial and family- and child-related cases.

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