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Nu 427M spent on 2nd parliamentary elections

More than half the money was spent on travel and daily allowances of election officials 

Expenditure: The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has spent Nu 426.87M during the second parliamentary election held last year, including the by-election in Nanong Shumar constituency

Of the total expenditure, about 52 percent or Nu 222M was spent on travel and daily allowances of more than 9,800 election officials, including security personnel, for National Council and National Assembly elections.

However, even [... Read More]

Having second thought about Amochhu

The uncertainly comes after the government of India raised security concern

Hydropower: Whether the 540MW Amochhu project in Phuentsholing, which was supposed to start last year, will ever come through is uncertain.

While a senior government official said although Amochhu project was one of the most technically feasible and economically viable among other hydropower projects, it was being shelved for other reasons.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, in a recent interview said the government of India, like [... Read More]

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A two-storey traditional house in Jyenkana, Haa was razed to the ground yesterday. No casualties were reported although the family lost all the belongings

    

Don’t spread panic: PM tells LG leaders

Lyonchhoen was speaking with reference to their talk on BBS of the govt. being broke

E.Tour: Prime minister Tshering Tobgay, on his first visit to Trashiyangtse since his victory in 2013 National Assembly elections, told local leaders to not create panic among the public by raising issues of budget constraints.

“Some of the local leaders were seen on television saying that the new government has no funds,” said lyonchhoen.

The prime minister was referring to local [... Read More]

Ministry ordered to pay Nu 1.1M to contractor

Court also asked tender committee to refund Nu 9M to govt.

Verdict: Thimphu district court had asked the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS) to pay Nu 1.1M to a Thimphu based contractor within one month and a ministerial level tender committee (MLTC) of 2004 to pay Nu 9M to the government.

The contractor filed a case against the ministry in 2012 when she was refused Nu 1.1M, which she claimed after completing the [... Read More]

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Four Bhutanese lawyers won the Spirit of the Jessup Award at the Philip C. Jessup International Law moot court competition earlier this month in Washington DC, USA.
Lawyers Chimi Dorji, Dechey Dorji, Phuntsho Wangchuk, and Tshewang Dorji faced teams from Russia, China, Slovenia, and Nigeria in the first round and was relegated.
More than 2,000 law students from about 600 law [... Read More]

Regional office for improved service

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RSTA: With the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) opening a regional office in Mongar, motorists from the four dzongkhags in the east will not have to travel to Samdrupjongkhar anymore for vehicle related issues.

Information and communication minister D N Dhungyel yesterday inaugurated the office.

Today, motorists from Lhuentse, Mongar, Trashiyangtse and Trashigang travel to Samdrupjongkhar for services like vehicle registration number.

Lyonpo D N Dhungyel said with vehicle number increasing every year, vehicle related [... Read More]

Complaint on BBS coverage of police case

Media: The owner of the Punakha-based Hi-Tech construction company has lodged a complaint with Punakha police against the Bhutan Broadcasting service (BBS) on April 16.

The complaint, the Hi-Tech owner said, was against the news BBS aired on April 15 about a police case involving him and a Bhutan National Bank (BNB) employee.

“I lodged the complaint against BBS for using my company name, which they assured they wouldn’t, and included false information,” the contractor [... Read More]

Bhutan’s first trans-boundary venture

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The landscape conservation project with India and Nepal will join protected areas around Kangchenjunga

ICIMOD: Come January, and Bhutan will undertake its first trans-boundary landscape conservation project with India and Nepal that would connect all the protected areas around Kanchenjunga mountain.

The three international centre for integrated mountain development (ICIMOD) member countries have agreed on an initiative for a new trans boundary landscape at the three-day second experts’ consultative meeting that ended yesterday.

The Kanchenjunga landscape, [... Read More]

Turning a ban into a done deal

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S/J shopkeepers come on board the drive against the widespread use of plastics

SJI: Shopkeepers in Dewathang recently committed to stop dispensing free plastic bags to customers starting next month.

Supported by the Samdrup Jongkhar initiative (SJI), the shopkeepers’ decision comes as a contribution to curtail the problem of plastic waste that is becoming a growing concern in the small town.

SJI officials said plastic waste is an aggravating issue in Dewathang, where the local dumpsite [... Read More]

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