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Contractors and consultants to be held accountable on audit issues

Contractors and consultants will now be held accountable for audit observations pertaining to audit irregularities and lapses reported in the audit reports. To this effect, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Construction Development Board (CDB) and the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) yesterday. To date, the government agencies have …

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Falling boulder injures man

A 32-year-old man, who was hit by a falling boulder on a farm road to Baikunza village in Bongo gewog, Chukha, on June 17 morning, is recovering at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu. The man was evacuated to Gedu hospital via India and referred to …

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Tsirang hospital built as per approved design: MoH

In a written response to Sergithang-Tsirangtoe MP Novin Darlami, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has stated that the construction of Tsirang hospital was executed as per the approved design, and that it will have a total of 40 beds.  The MP had requested the health minister for a written answer …

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Five arrested with controlled substances

Thimphu police made a series of arrests related to abuse and illicit trafficking of controlled substances in about four hours on June 25. Following a tip-off, Thimphu police arrested two men aged 22 and 26 years from Hongkong market for abusing controlled substances around 7pm. Police seized eight and six capsules …

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Shingkhar-Gorgan road awaits environment clearance

The Works and Human Settlement ministry is working on developing a new Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) to apply for an environment clearance certificate for the construction of Shingkhar-Gorgan road. Lyonpo Dorji Choden said this in response to Chhumig Ura, MP Tshewang Jurmi’s question on the current status and stage of …

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Education ministry to propose taking over IWP for teachers from RCSC

Education minister Norbu Wangchuk

For effective implementation of Individual Work Plan (IWP) for teachers, one of the recommendations the education ministry would put up to the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) is to give the monitoring of the IWP to the ministry.  Education minister Norbu Wangchuk at the National Assembly yesterday said that there …

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ECCD coverage to reach 55 percent in 12th Plan, says minister

North Thimphu MP Tshering

Education minister Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said that there are plans to establish an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in every chiwog. At the National Assembly’s question hour session yesterday, North Thimphu MP, Tshering asked the education minister about plans of establishing ECCD centres in rural areas, as there were …

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Bhutan’s population is 735,553

Lyonchhen and NSB director Chhime Tshering release the report yesterday while Speaker Jigme Zangpo looks on

Bhutan’s population on an average increased by 8,380 people a year in the last 12 years. The past 12 years saw the population increase by 100,571 persons and touched 735,553 as of May 30 last year. According to the reports of Population and Housing Census of Bhutan (PHCB) 2017, which …

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Judgment implementation should be prioritised: Assembly

At a time when the fight against corruption is being strengthened, the National Assembly yesterday adopted 19 recommendations, one of which called on the government to take immediate action towards implementation of judgments and restitution of public resources. Presenting the annual Ant-Corruption Commission (ACC) report, the good governance committee proposed …

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NC passes interim budget of Nu 36B

National Assembly’s resolution to allocate capital budget for six months amounting to Nu 7.24B, including the loan repayments has led to confusion in the National Council. Earlier when the finance minister presented the interim budget for 2018-19, about Nu 43.5B was proposed of which current expenditure was estimated at Nu …

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Gelephu Tshachu closed for visitors

The Gelephu Tshachu(hot spring) has remained closed for visitors almost a week now after two of its ponds suffered cracks.  The Tshachu caretaker, Phuntsho, said after heavy rainfall on the night of June 21, boulders from a cliff above the Tshachu area fell on the roof of one of the …

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Startup centre for aspiring entrepreneurs

The centre has space for about 28 startups

A startup center was inaugurated at Changzamtog in Thimphu yesterday to create enabling environment for would-be entrepreneurs to work on their business ideas. Economic Minister Lekey Dorji said cottage and small industries (CSI) are important in realizing the government’s plans to diversify the economy and make the country more resilient. …

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