• More lapses surface in Amochhu dredging

    Amid an ongoing Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigation into suspected corruption on the dredging of riverbed boulders from Amochhu in Phuentsholing, more issues have surfaced. One of the major lapses on part of Phuentsholing thromde (PT) was awarding the dredging works directly to the contractor without following due process. 

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Bajo Lhakhang was converted to a Shedra on April 17. His Eminence Vairotsana Rinpoche Ngawang Jigme Jigten Wangchuck inaugurated the shedra. Eleven students previously at the shedra at Rada Lhakhang are to begin their studies at the new shedra. Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Her Royal …

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Ossey bypass opening deferred to mid-May

DoR plans to open the bypass before monsoon

The bypass road in Ossey, Sarpang, which was expected to open to traffic towards the end of this month, is likely to open only by mid of May. Department of Roads (DoR) officials say large boulders and steep height for cutting has hampered the work progress at the site. To …

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Wangling village in need of an irrigation canal

The residents of Wangling in Langthel gewog are worried if they would be able to cultivate paddy this year. The farmers were forced to leave more than 70 acres of land fallow last year, after a flood washed away the only irrigation canal. To read more, please subscribe by registering …

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ECCD opens in Lungo village

UNICEF Bhutan Representative, Rudolf Schwenk welcomes the children at the ECCD

On April 10, Lungo one of the mostremote settlementsin Bhutan opened its early childhood care and development (ECCD) centre. UNICEF and the Ministry of Education inaugurated the centre for more than 15 children of the nomads. “This is the first time that an ECCD has been set-up at such a remote community …

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His Majesty The King granted dhar to appoint the new Chairperson and Commissioners of the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) yesterday.   Former RCSC commissioner Karma Hamu Dorjee is the new Chairperson (centre). From left – Commissioners chief human resource officer of labour ministry Ugyen Tshewang (PhD), former director of …

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ACC implicates Mongar DT thrizin for fraud 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has found Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu thrizin and Tsakaling gup, Karma Sonam Wangchuk allegedly involved in fraud and corruption worth Nu 3.545 million. The commission’s investigation found that M/s Dhenzang Hiring Firm, which belongs to the gup’s wife had fraudulently claimed public fund to the extent of …

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More than Nu 300M sanctioned for PSL schemes 

A year after it was launched, financial institutions sanctioned a total of Nu 305.8 million (M) and disbursed Nu 229.8M towards Priority Sector Lending (PSL) schemes. According to the latest quarterly report of Royal Monetary Authority (RMA), Thimphu received the highest amount of loan worth Nu 90M  for 247 projects, followed …

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Bhutan Day observed in Bonn

At the invitation of the German-Bhutan Himalaya Society, Ambassador Pema Choden and officials from the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Brussels attended the Bhutan Day Annual General Assembly of the Society, on April 13 in Bonn. This year’s theme was “Development Cooperation between the EU and the Kingdom of Bhutan,” states …

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The Zhung dratshang’s Dorji Lopen is presiding over the fifth annual Moenlam Chenmo (great prayer ceremony) in Trongsa. The three-day Moenlam Chenmo started yesterday. Coinciding with the Moenlam Chenmo, Tashi Pelden, 36, from Chendebji was appointed as the first lam of Chendibji. The new lam became a monk of Trongsa …

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Delhi embassy to benefit most from proposed FSE revision

Employees at the Royal Bhutan Embassy in New Delhi, India, who receive one of the lowest benefits, would see a substantial raise in entitlements should the government implement the fourth Pay Commission’s recommendations. The commission recommended revising the foreign allowance and representational grant for the employees of the embassy in …

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Enact Pay Commission Act: PC

The fourth pay commission report recommends the enactment of a Pay Commission Act. According to the commission, an act would stipulate clear procedures for adoption of the pay commission report and clarify the roles of the commission, the cabinet and the parliament, which appears to be vague and subject to …

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