BoBL: The Bank of Bhutan limited’s (BoBL) in-charge in Lhamoizingkha, Dagana has gone missing since May 11, after it was found that he had allegedly misused the bank’s fund. Following an internal auditing, the in-charge was found to have misused the bank’s fund and had made a shortage of Nu 719,000. Sources said the in-charge reported to office in Phuentsholing on May 9. He had promised to refund the money on May 11 but didn’t do so. Kuensel learnt he had requested for a 10-day [... Read More]
BAFRA: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) has sent samples of Maggi noodles to test at the authority’s national food testing laboratory in Yusipang after Indian media reported the noodle containing high amount of lead and monosodium glutamate (MGS). Chief of analytical and certification division, Jamyang Phuntsho, said that two sets of samples will be sent to two reference laboratories in Thailand to test if the noodles contain more than the permissible limit of lead and MSG.
Q-Hour: The social and cultural committee of the National Assembly (NA) was directed to review the shortage of Dzongkha language teachers in some dzongkhags and excess in others. The report will be discussed at the next (6th) parliament session. Chukha dzongkhag had submitted the petition, urging the house for a review on the issue.
Finance minister Namgay Dorji watches as the excise duty agreement is signed
The reimbursement for 2013 will be released in the current financial year GoI: The government of India (GoI) yesterday declared a total excise duty refund of Nu 1.943B (billion) to Bhutan for 2014. This is an increase of Nu 187M (million) from the previous year. Bhutan received Nu 1.756B as excise duty refund for 2013. Excise duty is an inland tax imposed only on a commodity consumed within a country. Hence, if the commodity is exported, the excise duty is waived off.
Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday sentenced a 24-year-old man to three years imprisonment for raping and impregnating an 18-year-old last December. The court found Choki Gyeltshen from Umling, Sarpang guilty of rape and was sentenced in accordance to section 178 of the Penal Code of Bhutan.
World Cup: Veteran Passang Tshering of Thimphu City FC, FC Tertons’ captain Kinley Wangchuk, Drukstars’ Dawa Tshering, under-19 national player, Yeshi Dorji and Thimphu FC’s goalie Kinzang Gyelrhen are the five new players to join the Dragon Boys. The final 23-man final squad that will play against Hong Kong on June 11in the first game of the second round of World Cup qualification was announced yesterday. Head coach of the national team, Tsukitate Norio, said that out of the 30 shortlisted players the top 23 [... Read More]
Inauguration: Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo at the Ludrong Memorial Garden in Langjophakha, Thimphu yesterday
Heritage: His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo yesterday inaugurated the Ludrong Memorial Garden, a gift to the people of Bhutan from Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, on her 85th birth anniversary, at Langjophakha, Thimphu. With the historical inaugural ceremony, which was attended by His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, Their Majesties the Queen Mothers, and members of the Royal Family, Her Majesty’s longstanding wish was fulfilled. She had long desired to transform the property into a memorial garden as a [... Read More]
The government has said it will fulfil all the election pledges during its five-year tenure Assembly: While the discussion on culture and tradition went smoothly in the National Assembly yesterday, the house switched to a tensed mood as it moved on to the next issue – the government’s election pledges. Opposition MP from North Thimphu, Kinga Tshering, on behalf of his constituents, submitted that service utility vans and power tillers should be provided to every chiwog as promised. He said providing the vehicles alone would [... Read More]
The 15th session of the National Council began yesterday
Misgivings about legitimacy of govt. decision have not been adequately allayed NC: The National Council still sticks to its earlier stand that the establishment of the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) contravenes the existing laws. During the 14th session last December, the council had recommended the government to urgently take measures to legitimise BOiC and Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) so that such agencies are established only after authorisation by Parliament in future. Besides, the council had also recommended the government to [... Read More]