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Only 2.5 percent of audit irregularities from 2010-2016 resolved 

Despite the resolution of the past two sessions of the second Parliament to resolve pending irregularities between 2010 and 2016 by June 30 this year, only 2.5 percent of the total irregularities have been resolved. This according to the Public Accounts Committee is a consequence of inadequate actions taken by the concerned agencies to resolve their irregularities.

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Nu 4.3B worth of irregularities unresolved

Joint sitting: The public accounts committee presented its review report on the annual audit report 2017 yesterday

The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) could resolve irregularities worth only Nu 66M, leaving Nu 4.3B worth of pending audit issues reflected in the annual audit report 2017. This is according to the review report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that was presented at the joint sitting of the parliament yesterday.

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Health checkup for civil servants not mandatory

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has stopped the mandatory annual health check-up, which was scheduled to take place from August 2018 due to huge implication on the administrative cost and implications. Health ministry in collaboration with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) was supposed to conduct the annual health check-up for all civil servants to promote a healthier lifestyle from June 2018.

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NC deems capital expenditure for past six months illegal

The budget appropriation Bill 2018-19, which would supersede the budget appropriation Act 2018-19 passed by the last Parliament could be unconstitutional, according to National Council. This was because of the time lapse between the fiscal year and the 12th Plan. The previous government’s tenure ate into the first fiscal year of the 12th Plan and completion of the electoral process consumed half of the 2018-19 fiscal year.

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Cut-off and, on and off

Lyonpo Jai Bir Rai

All Class X students who successfully complete the board examinations will be absorbed in government and private schools. Two weeks after the national education conference decided not to do away with the cut-off point (the minimum percentage required to qualify for higher secondary school)

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EU commits continued support

Directorate-General Stefano Manservisi (second from left) with the delegation

The European Union (EU) committed to continue its support to Bhutan and will diversify its support to the country beyond 2023. The Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) of the EU, Stefano Manservisi said, “Bhutan is graduating from the Least developed countries (LDC) group in 2023, but this would not imply disengagement in any way or decrease in our commitment in the country.”

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