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Elephants driven out, no says gups

A raged elephant in the middle of the settlement in Samtenling Gewog (Photo: Gup Ugyen Wangchuk)

Even as the divisional forest officials of Sarpang dzongkhag claimed that almost all the wild elephants were driven out from Gelephu area, local government officials say that animals are still around. Chief forestry officer (CFO) of divisional forest office in Sarpang, Phub Dhendup, said that with the help of trained …

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Trade fairs, an expensive affair

Almost 45 percent of the BCCI’s revenue comes from the rental income of events and trade fairs (File photo)

Notwithstanding the revenue generated, trade fairs are an expenditure-intensive affair for the Bhutan Chamber and Commerce and Industry (BCCI). Although, almost 45 percent of the BCCI’s revenue comes from the rental income of events and trade fairs, the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) spotted negligence in exercising due diligence. This was pointed out in the RAA’s recent performance audit report.

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GAOs on the move

Soon after the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) lifted the freeze on lateral transfer of Gewog Administrative Officer, at least 10 GAOs have already applied elsewhere. Of the 10 applicants, three have been selected and expected to join new agencies by next month. RCSC on November 14 through a notification …

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Slide and cracks at PHPA 1 under control, claims management

While the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project (PI) management and the economic affairs minister, Loknath Sharma, assured that the sliding of an overburden on the right bank of the dam construction site is nothing to be worried about, those following the project claim it is a matter of huge concern. PI managing …

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Farmers wait for compensation

While no incidence of elephants raiding crops or causing distress was reported in Sarpang in the past few weeks, local leaders are waiting for compensation from the agriculture ministry. The Sarpang Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) recommended compensation to the ministry more than a month ago.   “We haven’t heard anything about the …

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First session of third Parliament concludes

His Majesty The King graces the closing ceremony of the first session of the third Parliament yesterday

The Parliament session concluded yesterday with a Zhugdrel Phunsum Tshogpa ceremony, the members of the Parliament offered prayers for the good health and long life of His Majesty The King, the members of the Royal Family and continued peace and happiness of the people. Speaker Wangchuk Namgyel said at the …

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NA accepts one recommendation from NC on budget 

In a session that saw much contradiction among the members, the National Assembly endorsed one of the five recommendations of the National Council on the budget for the financial year 2018-19 yesterday. Members and the Speaker thanked the Council for worthy recommendations and pointing out errors in the bill. However, …

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Phuentsholing township development project begins

Men at work: AFCONS workers maneuver the RH6 rig to excavate for the diaphragm wall

In a major development, the permanent construction works on the first package of Zone A of the Phuentsholing Township Development Project (PTDP) in Torsa has begun. Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) shared the update at the stakeholders consultation meeting for the PTDP in Phuentsholing on January 24. Under the river …

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BCCI projects did not benefit its members: RAA

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), in the last three decades have achieved nothing significant for human resource development in the private sector, its primary mandate. Instead, the Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) performance audit, 2018 on the chamber found that Projects implemented by the BCCI do not have clear linkages with its primary objectives and did not benefit its members.

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NC to review constitutional post holders’ appointment guidelines 

Deputy Chairperson Jigme Wangchuk (centre) interacts with the media yesterday

The National Council (NC) will review the guidelines for appointment of constitutional post holders in the summer session, Deputy Chairperson of the House, Jigme Wangchuk, informed the media yesterday. Speaking at the post-session press conference, the Deputy Chairperson said that the guidelines have to be enhanced for transparency and selection …

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Another slide at PHPA I

An overburden near Punatsangchhu Project I dam construction slid on January 22

An overburden of a local slide near the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project I (PI) dam site construction occurred on the morning of January 22, taking away an excavator, injuring the operator and damaging concrete piles and cable anchors. The slide occurred after engineers and the PI management assured last month that …

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Class X results to be declared next week

The result of Bhutan Certificate of Secondary Education (BCSEA) examination, class X would be declared a week later after the cabinet’s order is issued, according to the Bhutan Council for School Examination and Assessment (BCSEA). The result was supposed to be declared yesterday at 3pm according to the information sent …

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MRI service likely to resume after a month

Parts of MRI machine outside the Emergency Department at the JDWNRH

Resumption of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) service at the national referral hospital in Thimphu would be delayed by about a month due to logistics problems. The only MRI machine in the country was in the process of upgradation. The hospital was not able to provide the service since October. …

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