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ACC writes to Prime Minister

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last week wrote to the Prime Minister, asking him to follow due diligence on the alleged corruption case involving home minister Sherub Gyeltshen. The ACC in January last year had implicated the home minister for an alleged false insurance claim worth Nu 226,546 from the Royal …

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Work begins on formative assessment system

The government’s pledge and its subsequent decision to do away with class III examination from the next academic session is in line with the Bhutan Council for School Examination’s (BCSEA) survey findings conducted sometime in 2016. BCSEA did a “Review of Classes III and VI year-end assessment” and one of …

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Gongthung MSS goes paperless

Present Sir! A teacher takes attendance on his phone

It is 8:45am. Dungchang Norbu, a Dzongkha teacher enters his class without a register. He takes out his cell phone and asks the class if anyone is absent. Gongthung Middle Secondary School in Trashigang takes attendance online. Since August 2018, teachers use an application, initiated and developed by the officiating …

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JICA provides assistance to maintain bridges 

About 27 bridge engineers from five dzongkhags are attending the on-the-job training

From the ancient cantilever bridges in places like Paro and Punakha to the most recent one over Amochu at the Samtse-Phuentsholing highway, bridges play an important role in connecting places and people. There are hundreds of bridges in the country of which about 325 bridges are with the Department of …

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Mangdechhu tariff protocol signed

Dasho Yeshi Wangdi and power secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla after the signing

With the signing of the tariff protocol yesterday, all that remains is the formality for the 720MW Mangdechhu project to export electricity to India. The tariff protocol was signed between the economic affairs secretary, Dasho Yeshi Wangdi and the power secretary of India, Ajay Kumar Bhalla who is in the …

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 The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system’s operational activities for development in Bhutan, Gerald James Daly presented his credentials to the Prime Minister yesterday. Gerald James Daly is the first Resident Coordinator in Bhutan after the repositioning of the United Development System, which the UNGA adopted on May 31, …

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His Majesty The King yesterday granted an audience to the Director General of Military Operations of the Indian Army Lt. General Anil Chauhan who is on an official visit to Bhutan.

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Their Majesties offer prayers for Sri Lanka

On behalf of the people of Bhutan, His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen yesterday offered prayers at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong, and offered a thousand butterlamps, in memory of those who lost their lives in a series of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Sunday. The Prime Minister and government officials also joined in the prayer ceremony.

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Nu 30B in the red last year

The country’s white gold, clean energy derived from hydropower is not so clean if the energy trade is of any indication. Bhutan exported 4.53 million units (MU) of electricity harnessed from its renewable natural resources, rivers, to India last year earning Nu 10.5B. While this is a decline compared with …

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NC calls plenary to take decisions if need be: Spokesperson

The National Council (NC) has been largely silent on contentious issues, including the government’s decision to remove the cut-off point in Class X and the recently released Pay Commission report. The issues sparked widespread debates and criticisms both on the mainstream and social media. However, deputy chairperson and spokesperson of …

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Audit questions legality of RUB’s university allowance 

The Royal Audit Authority has flagged the Royal University of Bhutan for paying university allowance without the recommendation of the second Pay Commission but on Cabinet’s approval and for paying the allowance during long-term studies. According to the audit report of August 2018, the 15 percent university allowance paid from …

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Government to strengthen public procurement system

The government is considering the drafting of the public procurement bill and the establishment of public procurement authority to strengthen procurement function in the country. At the sixth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference (SARPPC) in Thimphu yesterday, Finance Minister Namgay Tshering said that most countries in the region had …

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Technology with compassion: dialogue with Fede Ponce

How are you going to use the power of technology? Technology is changing the way we manage our time, energy and health, not to mention economies, governments, and cities around the world. Technology has enabled easy and efficient access to information and services. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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