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Making its presence felt in the dzongkhags

People’s Democratic Party The opposition party is making headway in preparing for a comeback in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

In “strengthening its presence in the dzongkhags”, they have started with the opening of party offices in different places, and appointment of dzongkhag coordinators.

After deciding on an appropriate zakar, the party ventured from Khuruthang town in Punakha on Saturday.  The party appointed Rinchen Draba, a local contractor and the party’s supporter for more than six years, [... Read More]

Editorial

Lyonchhoen’s walkabout

It has perhaps to do with timing that people have begun interpreting Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley’s visit of the various dzongkhags in as various ways.

Two contracting views, however, appear more pronounced.

One resounds more on the positive, in that, the lyonchhoen, who is on tour of the country’s various districts to appraise the progress of the many development activities, puts pressure on dzongkhag authorities to perform.

Even if it might be late to add even the [... Read More]

ACC investigates alleged misuse of funds

An anonymous email sparked off the probe into the Nu 30M royal command project 
Lhakhang Karpo Reconstruction  Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) is reportedly investigating allegations of misuse of Lhakhang Karpo reconstruction project fund in Haa.

ACC officials, who began probing the alleged misuse of the project fund some time in November last year, refused to comment, stating that it was “still under investigation”. But sources reveal one engineer responsible for the project was also [... Read More]

Thimphu TechPark and ScanCafe to sign lease agreement

In what will be an important milestone for the Information Technology (IT) Park, its developer and operator, Thimphu TechPark and ScanCafe, will finalise a lease agreement next week, meaning the company would be establishing up to 250 workstations in the next three years at the park.

While ScanCafe is the second foreign company to have committed to renting commercial space at the park, it will be the first company to sign a lease agreement with Thimphu [... Read More]

The historic Rurichu tunnel …

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 … will be the first of its kind to be used on Bhutan’s road network
Wangdue-Tsirang Highway The opening of 1.5km long highway tunnel to traffic on January 26 signified the country’s first such journey through an underground tunnel.

Built at Rurichu, on the Wangdue-Tsirang highway, the tunnel that is nine metres in diameter can easily fit in two vehicles at a time.  The tunnel was built primarily to start excavation work on the Punatsangchu [... Read More]

No other motive but its mandate: ACC

Land Allotment Case The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), during the court proceeding of January 25, clarified that they intended no malice towards the speaker, as they were accused of.

On the issue of 23 counts of criminal charges, ACC officials said it did not indicate anything more than the fact that the defendant was liable for falsely issuing ownership certificates.

Commission officials said they did not seek to derive any pleasure by charging the defendant, and that [... Read More]

Sports

Hong Kong hands Bhutan its second defeat

cricketBhutan’s players appeal for a run out

Thereby dashing its hopes of making it to the semi-finals

ACC Women’s Championship Bhutan suffered its second defeat against Hong Kong at the ongoing ACC Women’s Championship in Thailand yesterday.  Hong Kong won the toss and elected to bat.

Bhutan got off to a great start, when Anju Gurung bowled Hong Kong’s Chan Ka Ying in her very first over.  Mariko Hill came and went back to the pavilion quickly, edging Tshering Wangmo’s ball behind to [... Read More]

Witnesses give testimony

The entire court proceeding lasted more than eight hours

Gyalpoizhing Land Case: Anti-Corruption Commission officials yesterday brought along a few Drepong villagers as witnesses to validate their charges vis-à-vis the Gyalpoizhing case at the Mongar court.

Before the proceedings began, which lasted more than eight hours from 10am to 6:30pm, the drangpon briefed the villagers, four of them, on the legal implication they could be subjected to, should they not be truthful and took down [... Read More]

Limited cross media ownership mooted

It’s practical, economical, but needs to be regulated to avoid the worst of monopolisation

Draft Media Policy: Given the benefit of “economies of scale”, the draft media policy recommends cross media ownership to a “limited extent” in Bhutan.

The policy, which is drafted to provide a policy vision to guide media development for the next few years in Bhutan states, “Media organisations can leverage their content into other media platforms, and thus, a newspaper can [... Read More]