• 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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Meet the people is not only for PDP supporters

Q-Hour: The meet-the-people programme that the government initiated since August 2013 is not for People’s Democratic Party (PDP) supporters, but mainly for people from the low-income group, according to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

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Gelephu airport to be ready within a month

Aviation: With the completion of the terminal building at Gelephu airport, scheduled flight operations can commence once the certification process is over.

The terminal building was handed over to Department of Air Transport (DAT) last week.

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Residual resistance to DITT overarching role

ICT: Despite the Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) being granted a parenting or management role over all ICT officers in the government since at least 2009, some agencies have still been resisting the change.

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New biking trail for urban dwellers

More such trails are in the pipe line

Recreation: Considering limited recreational facilities and the growing cycling trend in the capital, the first biking trail in Thimphu was inaugurated at Kuenselphodrang by the agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji and the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to India and Bhutan, Joao Cravinho, yesterday.

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Major events for 6oth Birth Anniversary celebrations

Assembly: As part of the 60th birth anniversary celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, 100 people will plant 50,000 tree saplings in an hour, below Kuenselphodrang on June 2 to beat the current world record of 40,885 trees planted in Assam, India.

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Samtse court dismisses PCAL’s petition against Kuensel

Defamation: The Samtse district court yesterday dismissed the petition that Penden Cement Authority limited (PCAL) had filed for defamation against Kuensel on two grounds. A court official, over the telephone last evening, said that a case was already registered at the competent court in Kolkata, India on the issue related …

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Bodies of two accident victims yet to be recovered

Update: The search for two missing bodies of a five-year-old girl and a 35 year-old man, who died in the bolero accident, was called off two days after the accident. The 35-year-old is the Trashigang nyagoe, Kezang Wangchuk.  Although police had planned to carry out another search from Riju to …

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Community forest handed back

Dado goempa becomes the first to hand back the CF to the department of forest Punakha: Almost seven years after taking over a community forest (CF), the Dado goempa community forest group in Shengana gewog, Punakha officially handed back the CF to the department of forest on May 18. Punakha’s …

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Trongsa farmers unable to meet MHPA vegetable demand

As a result almost all of its needs are met through imports from India Agriculture: With vegetable production in Trongsa unable to meet the demand, Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHPA) meets almost 97 percent of its vegetable requirement through imports. The project requires 1,567MT (metric tonnes) of vegetables every year, …

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