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Thromdes, a harbinger of development?

Besides being a Constitutional mandate, the details of what being a thromde means is yet to be examined

Thromde:  Gasa will have a local government (LG) for 23 people should the dzongkhag thromde elections be held as scheduled in January next year along with the 14 dzongkhag thromdes.

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Yenlag thromdes – whose jurisdiction?

Clubbing it with the gewog or the dzongkhag administration muddles the issue more

Thromde: In the absence of a guideline or criteria on yenlag thromdes (satellite towns), it is not clear on how yenlag thromdes would function should it come under the gewog or dzongkhag administration.

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LG leaders cry foul over thromde boundaries

Gewog administrations say the people were not consulted in the demarcation process 

 LG: Except for Tsirang dzongkhag thromde, the rest of the 14 dzongkhag thromdes had issues either with the names of the demkhongs (constituencies) or the government’s lack of consultation during the demarcation of thromde boundaries.

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Inclusion of BBS in DTH packages illegal

Media: The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) has completed an investigation to determine where the BBS TV channel is being downlinked and then illegally included in the direct-to-home (DTH) TV packages offered by operators in India, that is being uplinked or beamed back to Bhutan.

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Courts should address land disputes: SC

The land commission dealt all land cases since the enactment of the Land Act 2007

Judiciary: To render speedy resolutions to land related disputes, the Supreme Court Chief Justice recently instructed courts to accept four types of cases directly without them having to route through the National Land Commission.

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Attorney general’s term should end with the government’s

As a political appointee, a fixed five-year term is not required, legal practitioners say 

OAG: The legal fraternity are questioning the five-year term for the Attorney General, which was one of the provisions that the Parliament endorsed when it passed the Office of the Attorney General’s bill 2014 in the last session.

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Study to find the cause of Trongsa flood

The Prime Minister has asked for an immediate investigation into the recent flooding Geology:Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has asked for an immediate investigation to find the causes of the recent floods and landslides in Trongsa to prepare mitigation measures after visiting the affected areas yesterday.

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ACC to prosecute Lhakhang Karpo case in High Court

For the sake of fairness, the OAG has decided to hand over the case to the ACC Appeal: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) will appeal to the High Court against the Haa district court’s judgment after reviewing the acquittal verdicts of the foreign minister and the project manager in the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project case.

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