• More lapses surface in Amochhu dredging

    Amid an ongoing Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigation into suspected corruption on the dredging of riverbed boulders from Amochhu in Phuentsholing, more issues have surfaced. One of the major lapses on part of Phuentsholing thromde (PT) was awarding the dredging works directly to the contractor without following due process. 

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Langthel gup relieved

He has been given a week to handover the works and vacate office on October 20

LG: Langthel gup, Lham Dorji was relieved from the gup’s position on October 9 after he was convicted to two months imprisonment for bribing an engineer, Tashi Penjor and Chasikhar construction company proprietor, Thinley Jamtsho in the Shatong goenpa construction in Dagana.

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779 choetens renovated

About 4,000 choetens and lhakhangs were vandalised in the last 27 years, show police records

Heritage: About 779 choetens (stupas) across the country of the 2,751 proposed for renovation to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of the Fourth King are restored as of September 9.

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Stranded bus passengers reach Kolkata

Update: The 14 Bhutanese passengers and four non-Bhutanese, who had to halt for a night at Raigunj village in West Bengal, India after the Bhutan Post bus they were travelling in rammed into a cowshed on October 7, reached Kolkata around 1pm yesterday.

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Electricity import to increase

Planned Nikachu and Kholongchu projects demand more  power  during construction phase 

Hydropower: Power imports for Bhutan, a hydropower rich nation, is likely to further increase as the construction of 118MW Nikachhu and 600MW Kholongchhu hydropower projects gain momentum.

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Six executives await new appointment

RCSC working on new PMS for executive level civil servants

RCSC: At least six senior civil servants holding executive positions are reporting to the Royal Civil Service Commission since August as they await their next appointment.

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Dzongkhag court upheld verdict on counterfeiting

Court: Sarpang dzongkhag court on October 8, upheld the lower court’s ruling on the counterfeit money case where the Gelephu dungkhag court sentenced three non-Bhutanese to one and a half year non-compoundable prison term.

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Regulator will take action against unauthorised usage of drones

A ban on drones is currently in place until regulations are developed

Aviation: Despite the operation of drones in the country being banned by the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) until regulations are in place, drone footage taken in Bhutan of heritage sites like Taktsang monastery, among others, have been appearing on social media and even one local cable television channel.

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“My Green School” translated into Spanish and Catalan

Education: Inspired by the ideas contained in Bhutan’s former education minister Thakur S Powdyel’s book “My Green School”, a well-known Spanish social worker, educator and designer, the founder-director of the Education for Life Foundation, Dr Guillem Ferrer, has translated the work into two of the major languages of Spain, Spanish and Catalan.

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Three conservationists awarded environmental stewardship

The recognition was awarded at the first bird festival, which opened in Tingtibi, a hotspot for birds 

Festival: Work of three conservationists, Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment’s ornithologist Sherab, the dean of College of Natural Resources Dr D B Gurung and the principal research officer of Renewable Natural Resources Research Center, Wengkhar Tshering Penjore were awarded the Jigme Singye Wangchuck outstanding environmental stewardship yesterday in Tingtibi, Zhemgang.

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