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 The High Court today ruled Druk Gaki Tshogpa cannot be registered as a political party because the party doesn’t have members from all 20 dzongkhags. Its founder, Chheku Dukpa, also known as Jackson Dukpa, had moved court on March 23, stating that the Election Commission of Bhutan had denied registration despite his party fulfilling all the requirements.  

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Audit points out failures in employment programme

A mid an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption in the overseas guaranteed employment programme, the annual audit report 2017 states that the labour ministry had failed to implement the contract agreement with one of the partner agencies. Under the programme, the training provider must ensure that the job seekers work with …

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ACC prepares to auction seized movable properties

The two trippers in Samdrupjongkhar were seized from the former Gelephu drungpa in 2014

Show cause hearing A total of 26 owners or representatives of the seized movable properties are expected to submit their reasons to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to not auction their properties. The commission summoned owners of the movable properties, which were seized during the course of investigations into various offences …

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Hydropower projects swamp 11th Plan targets

The average GDP growth rate in the first four years of the 11th plan was 6 percent. Targeted growth rate was 10 percent. The economy grew from Nu 105B in 2013 to Nu 148B in 2016, and is estimated to reach Nu 183B this year. According to the 11th Plan …

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His Majesty graces Palden Lhamoi lhakhang’s consecration

His Majesty The King graced the consecration ceremony of a new Palden Lhamoi Lhakhang in Tenchey village, Lunana, Gasa yesterday. The consecration prayers were presided over by the Dorji Lopen of the Zhung Dratshang. The lhakhang was built after restoring an old derelict village house, in accordance with His Majesty’s …

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Education ministry proposes changes in IWP for teachers

Education ministry has come up with proposals and recommendations concerning IWP for teachers after the completion of the review of Individual Work Plan (IWP) for teachers. The proposal and recommendations include changes in weightage of the six IWP domains, using the existing evidences for documentation, and changing the ranking system. …

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Income gap widens in 11th Plan

Despite the progress the country achieved in reducing poverty, income inequality has not only widened but also remained stubborn since 2007. In terms of the Gini coefficient, inequality declined from 0.42 in 2003 to 0.35 in 2007 but increased slightly to 0.36 in 2012. In 2017, it increased to 0.38. …

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Concerns raised on ERB not earning interest

With environment restoration bond (ERB) worth Nu 200 million lying in banks without earning an interest, representatives from the mining companies raised concerns that the deposit is only benefiting the banks.  The issue was raised on June 19 at a meeting in Thimphu between representatives from mining promoters and industries, National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS), Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), and labour ministry. 

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