OAG has appealed the verdict to the High Court
Medical Junket: The High Court is yet to begin hearings for the four health officials, who were acquitted by the Thimphu district court on November 30 last year for their sponsored trips to Germany and China in 2009.
Thimphu district court ruled that, “it could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the four health officials were guilty of the offence of bribery,” and dismissed the [... Read More]
Land Allotment Case: There existed no proof of the National Assembly speaker in his capacity as Mongar dzongda in 2001 that the Gyalpoizhing plot allotment was done openly through public notification.
This was one of the main arguments Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) representatives, in their second rebuttal statement against the speaker at the Mongar district court, presented.
The defendant also deceived the government, the statement read, by stating that the committee allotted the plots, when he [... Read More]
Gyalpoizhing Land Allotment: Mongar district court, on January 11, had dismissed two cases of people who were part of the Gyalpoizhing plot allotment committee.
Their names were not reflected in the minutes of Mongar municipal committee meeting and in the notification letter inviting them for the lucky draw.
Two former officials, the dzongkhag’s then junior engineer Phuntsho and Mongar municipal committee member secretary Lobzang Tenzin, both proved their non-involvement in the Mongar municipal committee meeting [... Read More]
Indian foreign minister Salman Khurshid, who is on a two-day visit to the kingdom, calls on prime minister Jigmi Y Thinley yesterday in Thimphu
Discussions on private medical practice have started once again and, as usual, it is coming from some practitioners themselves.
This time, though, it is the ministry that is going to study the good and the bad of allowing private practice in a country where health care is provided by the state.
The starting point is to first define what private health care means, because no such written definition exists as of now with the Bhutanese health care [... Read More]
Department of industry officials said they were still waiting for DPRs of new applicants
Almost a year since the industry department received seven new applications to establish new breweries in the country, and they are still waiting for their detailed project reports.
It was during the eighth session of Parliament that economic affairs minister Khandu Wangchuk informed the members of the interest seven private sector people expressed to start new breweries.
Some of the applicants and those, who [... Read More]
Bhutan’s ambassador to Austria and permanent representative to the United Nations office in Geneva, Daw Penjo, presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Austria, Heinz Fischer, on January 11. Bhutan and Austria established diplomatic relations in 1989. Austria is one of Bhutan’s important development partners providing assistance in the area of energy, tourism, culture and governance.
Whose fault: In the recent labour camp fire the meter box was intact
Spurious goods, no monitoring, and user carelessness, all contribute to its occurrence
Short Circuit: Of the 63 reported house fire incidents in the capital in the past five years, 19 were caused by short circuit or other electrical defects, records maintained by the fire services division indicate.
But what is a short circuit and what leads to it?
A short circuit generally refers to a short cut taken by electric current to reach its final destination. [... Read More]
Private Practice: The health ministry has started studying the pros and cons of private practice, almost a year after it first allowed private participation in delivering selective diagnostic services in the country.
Although no policy states it, private practice in health care is not allowed in Bhutan.
That health care is provided free by the government and policies are silent mean private practice is not allowed, health ministry officials said.
“It’s an unwritten rule that’s being [... Read More]
Exports decreased by 26 percent, while imports increased by three percent
Balance Of Trade: Bhutan’s overall balance of trade for the fiscal year 2011-12 improved slightly, compared to the previous fiscal, mainly on account of decreased imports from India.
The improvement would have been much more pronounced, if not for decreasing exports to countries other than India.
The central bank’s recently published annual report states, due to a weak external environment, and slowing down of investment [... Read More]