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“If you want to be a good doctor, you have to be a good human being”

Lyonchhen with Bangladesh President Mohammad Abdul Hamid

Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has won the hearts of people in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh is my second home,” Lyonchhen said as he greeted the people who had gathered for a cultural event on April 14. The day happens to be the Bengali New Year, Pahela Baishak. “I would like to greet you happy New Year from my heart,” he said in fluent Bangla. A couple of Bhutanese songs were also performed at the event.

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ACC seizes dredged materials in Toorsa

Rigsar Construction’s dredging site at Amochhu in Phuentsholing

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday seized the stock balance of dredged materials worth millions of Ngultrums at Amochhu dredging site, popularly known as Toorsa, in Phuentsholing. The dredged materials belong to three construction firms - Rigsar Construction, Yangkhil Construction, and Chukha Construction.

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Where is the wow factor?

With the Pay Commission’s report out, many civil servants feel that the promised ‘wow factor’ is missing. They are pointing out that although a higher percentage is given to lower level public servants, there is disparity in absolute terms.

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PC recommends 14-29% salary raise

It was a busy night for civil and public servants yesterday, as they were calculating how much they would benefit from the Fourth Pay Commission’s proposed salary revision. To maintain proportionate pay progression based on job responsibility, qualification and skills the pay commission recommended a revision between 14 percent and 29 percent for public servants with higher revision at the lowest position.

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The Pay Commission recommends

The Fourth Pay Commission has recommended a revision of basic pay of public servants from 14 to 29 percent with higher rate of revision at the lower levels. The prime minister’s office shared the report today.

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Dog bite cases highest among students

There were about 5,000 stray dogs in Thimphu as of June last year

Until March this year, about 388 dog bite cases were reported at Thimphu referral hospital every month averaging about 13 cases a day. Last year, the hospital recorded an average 346 cases every month. While the increasing number of cases over the years indicate that the interventions have not been very successful, awareness about risks of dog bites among people have improved. Many reported for treatment even for scratches, according to the records.

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Tourist arrivals up by 7.61 percent

Source: Bhutan Tourism Monitor 2018

A total of 274,097 tourists visited Bhutan last year recording a growth of 7.61 percent over 2017, according to the latest Bhutan Tourism Monitor. Revenue from tourism has also increased by about seven percent or USD 5.6M (million) compared to 2017.

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Did economic growth benefit the poor?

Notwithstanding the substantial reduction in prevalence of poverty in the country, income inequality has remained the same for more than a decade. The country’s richest 20 percent of the population has been consuming 7 times more than the poorest 20 percent since 2007, according to poverty analysis reports of the past four years.

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Who spent what on hospitality and entertainment?

Of the Nu 55.01 million (M) spent as hospitality and entertainment (HE) expenses in 2015-16 financial year, the former Prime Minister spent Nu 14.45M, according to the audit report Kuensel obtained. Among the ministers, former health minister spent the highest expenses on HE. He spent Nu 5.26M. The minister for agriculture and forests had the least expense. He spent Nu 1.40M. (See graph)

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