• Confluence: The muddied Phochhu, after two subsidiary lakes breached on Thursday night, increasing the water volume, meets the Mochhu river at Punakha. (Photo: Tshering Palden)

    Experts to visit Thorthormi today

    The water level flowing out of Thorthormi lake in Lunana was normal as of yesterday night. However, the stability of the moraine walls surrounding the main lake is uncertain.The chief of hydrology and water resources division, Sangay Tenzin said this is because of the two subsidiary lakes that breached on the evening of June 20. There is erosion and an outflow from the subsidiary II lake, which could destablise the moraine dams of the main Thorthomi lake. 

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A call to rationalise in country travel claims

Of the 10 recommendations the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) made to the finance ministry on in-country travel claims, six are partially implemented. The RAA had pointed out weak administrative, supervisory and monitoring controls on in country travel claims. Three recommendations were not implemented and one is in the process of …

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Accident kills three and injures 10

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38 civil servants demoted or terminated between 2014 and 2018

At least 38 civil servants were demoted or terminated between 2014 and 2018 on administrative disciplinary actions, according to records maintained by the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC). The commission’s annual report, 2018-2019, states that agencies through their respective human resource committees (HRC) also took administrative actions against 64 civil …

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Delay in ToR holds election of new DNT president

The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) secretariat is waiting for an endorsement of Terms of Reference (ToR) for its president to call a General Assembly to elect a new party president. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering currently holds the post of party president although the party’s charter does not allow a …

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Medicine rules to be revised

Given the need to incorporate new regulatory provisions, the Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) is working on revising the Bhutan Medicines Rules and Regulations (BMRR). Since the first edition of the medicines rules and regulations came into effect in 2005, the rules have been revised twice. To read more, please subscribe …

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Three women charged for battery and libel 

Paro police forwarded the case involving three women who were charged for battery and libel to court on April 22. Following a complaint filed to police after the video of a woman slapping and abusing another woman went viral on social media in February, the three suspects were arrested the …

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Browning pine along Thimphu-Paro highway attributed to die-back

Periodic pine die-back along Pachu-Wangchu dry river valley (Photo: Pema Wangda (PhD))

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Gasa Tsachu faces staff and fund shortage

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ACC writes to Prime Minister

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Work begins on formative assessment system

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