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Legal system loopholes allow the corrupt an escape route

ACC feels corruption does not get due come-uppance due to certain judicial shortcomings  Report: The basis of “not proven beyond reasonable doubt” that the judiciary uses in treating similar corruption cases differently is one of the main challenges the Anti Corruption Commission is facing today. According to the commission’s annual …

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“We’re not the happiest people on earth” : PM

Report 2015: Bhutanese are not the happiest people on earth, and this is a truth that escapes many of us, said Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. The prime minister said that Bhutan being ranked at 79 among 158 countries in the World Happiness Report 2015 should not really be a concern. …

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Mobile apps development contest underway

The contest is expected to enhance public services delivery Competition: A mobile apps development contest that will see three winners awarded Nu 200,000 each has been launched by the G2C (government to citizen) office. Even the three runners up will receive a significant amount of Nu 50,000 each. The contest …

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Strong proclamations to root out corruption, a mere lip service: ACC

Report 2014: Changing people’s perception and tolerance for corruption remains a great challenge the anti-graft agency is facing since its inception in 2006. As an offshoot of such a mindset, according to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) annual report 2014, which will be discussed in Parliament, misplaced compassion for corrupt …

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Bhutan ranked 87th on T&T competitiveness index

Poor infrastructure and restrictive policies vitiated higher ranking  Tourism: Bhutan scored highest on the safety and security indicator to be ranked the 87th competitive country in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness index 2015, released recently by the World Economic forum. The rankings measure the competitiveness of 141 countries and economies, …

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10 percent GDP growth looks less likely

Projections from the World Bank reveal around 6% growth in 2013-17 period Projections: The government may not achieve an economic growth of 10 percent during its tenure and, going by the World Bank’s projections, the gross domestic product (GDP) may hover around six percent on an average between 2013 and …

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The rationale behind the ministerial vehicles

Cabinet yet to decide on pool vehicle management  Pool vehicles: Desperate situations of some ministers and an improved state of the economy have made the government procure four new Toyota Prados costing Nu 3M (million) each. This, the prime minister said, in response to procuring the duty vehicles of ministers …

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Lyonchoen decries incidence of visa forgeries

A few bad apples among operators can ruin the entire barrel that is the industry Tourism: Following the recent visa forgery case, where a tour operator forged visas of 19 Thai tourists, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay emphasised the need for stronger laws to penalise people involved in such fraudulent practices. …

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Possibility of extending Swiss support till 2018 discussed

Diplomacy: The possibility of extending some of the current Swiss supported development programmes until 2018 was discussed during bilateral consultations held between Bhutan and Switzerland in Thimphu, yesterday. Swiss development assistance to Bhutan is currently in its exit phase and will terminate in 2016.

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Passing the farm road upkeep buck

Villagers want DoR to take over maintenance of the Khotakha connector Connectivity: Unable to maintain the 26km Khotokha farm road anymore, villagers of Bjena and Rubesa gewogs want the Department of Roads (DoR) to take charge the farm road after eight years its construction. Villagers are hopeful that if the …

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Illicit SIM card sale fetches six-month sentence for three

Crime: Gelephu dungkhag court sentenced three men to six months in prison for selling Bhutanese SIM cards to people from across the border last year. Thinley Dorji from Trongsa, Dilip Saru from Tsirang, and Laxman Karia from Sarpang were arrested on February 12, 2015.

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