• No transfer, no salary

    To ensure that transferred health professionals leave to their new workplace, the health ministry’s human resource committee had written to the medical superintendent of JDWNRH and the dzongkhags to stop payment of salary to health personnel who are not relieved with immediate effect. The April 11 letter stated that as mandated by section 14.7.5 of the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2018, civil servants who are transferred should be relieved within 30 days from the date issue of the transfer order. Health professionals are civil servants.

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Fire guts houses 

An 86-year-old man is undergoing treatment in Pemagatshel hospital for burns he suffered when a fire razed his two-storied traditional house to the ground on March 14.

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RTM boosts government’s confidence to graduate

Lauding the RTM as a successful event, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering said that it brought together influential individuals who could act as ambassadors to spread the priorities and needs of the country to potential partners and stakeholders both within and outside the country.

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Development partners commit to support graduation

More than 50 development partners were represented at the RTM

The two-day 14th round table meeting (RTM) ended yesterday on a high note with development partners pouring support to help the country graduate from the least developed countries category by 2023. Foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji, who co-chaired the RTM with the UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner, said the government is …

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CSIs and CSOs, agents for sustainable graduation

Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) and the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) must take center stage to ensure a sustainable LDC graduation for Bhutan. This was one of the main messages from the 14thRound Table Meeting that concluded yesterday. To do so, most of the bilateral and multi-lateral development partners have …

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Cracks in Gelephu hospital within months of opening

Noticeable cracks on the flooring of the hospital

Multiple cracks have appeared on the walls of the recently inaugurated 150-bed regional referral hospital in Gelephu. The hospital was opened seven months ago. While most of the cracks developed on the walls are thin, there is a noticeable crack developed from the expansion gap in one of the wards …

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Bhutan Media Foundation (BMF) and UNESCO signed an MoU on the project ‘Strengthening Investigative Journalism to Ensure Public Access to Information’ on March 12. The year-long project will support an investigative reporting workshop for journalists, production of investigative journalism contents in the Bhutanese media, and develop a resource centre for …

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Promises, promises 

The Cabinet held the fourth Meet the Press, which was supposed to be held on the last Friday of this month to March 8, to highlight its achievements during the first 120 days of its governance. Eleven of the 25 pledges, it claimed, were fulfilled. To read more, please subscribe …

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PCAL approves benefits to muster roll employees

Penden Cement Authority Limited (PCAL) has approved employee benefits to its 121 employees on muster roll starting January 1 this year, the labour office in Phuentsholing and PCAL officials have confirmed. All muster roll employees who completed a year of uninterrupted and satisfactory service with the company with clean track …

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Poor internet connection hampers e-services expansion

Poor Internet connection is affecting delivery of e-services at community centres (CC) in Mongar. Although only 10 of the 120 Government to Citizen (G2C) services are available at the gewog level in Mongar, most are delayed. Some are not even available due to erratic internet connection. To read more, please …

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HM grants citizenship to 359 people 

His Majesty The King granted citizenship kidu to 359 people, and granted an audience to them at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong yesterday. The recipients took part in a ceremony of Oath of Allegiance to the TsaWa-Sum. His Majesty reminded the recipients of the profound responsibilities that a Bhutanese citizen …

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His Majesty The King granted promotion to 32 officers of the Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bhutan Police and the Royal Body Guards yesterday. The officers were promoted from the rank of Lt Colonel to Colonel.

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