• 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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Council moots master plan for tourism

Most stakeholders feel a liberalisation of the sector will lead to equitable distribution of benefits Tourism: Talks on whether tourism should be liberalised or not have come up again.  This time it came up after the National Council’s economic affairs committee held several meetings with various tourism agencies last month. …

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Much to mull over public debt management

Deliberation: Should the country prosper, governments will have to avail loans even if public debt accumulated over the years seem alarming. This was what both the former and current ministers said, during a daylong deliberation on the Royal Audit Authority’s report on public debt management. However a debt management policy …

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Sanam Tshongkhang opens in Sephu

Farm Road: To facilitate better market access to farmers and improve the quality of farm inputs including shortage of farm labour, agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji, inaugurated the first “Farm Shop/Sanam Tshongkhang” at Sephu gewog in Wangduephodrang on May 17. According to a press release from the ministry, the “semi business …

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17-year-old nabbed for string of burglaries

Crime: Sarpang police last week caught a 17-year old boy in connection with a series of burglaries in Saprang and Thimphu. The police managed to track him down after he broke into seven houses in Sarpang Tar and one in Hilay. According to police, the boy was looking for cash …

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Search continues for missing bodies

Update: Despite a rigorous search along the river Gamri and Drangmechu by a team comprising of policemen and volunteers yesterday, the two missing bodies of a five year-old girl and a 35 year-old driver of the Riju accident, were not recovered. The search began from Riju until Rolong while villagers …

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Put climate change assessments into action: PM

Dialogue: It is time Bhutan started translating assessments and studies done so far on combating climate change into action, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. He said there are already numerous assessments within sectors that point towards strategies and policies for clean and green socio-economic development in Bhutan. Lyonchoen called for …

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ILCS holds a Read Fest to encourage reading

Reading: Monday had perhaps never been this exciting for the students and teachers of Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS), Taktse, Tongsa. Characters from books they read came alive yesterday and filled the campus as final year students of BA in Language and Literature (BLL) organised a day long …

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High tech to thwart low thievery

Law and Order: To deter and reduce vandalism of choetens and robberies of lhakhangs, the police are planning to install CCTV (close circuit television) and shock sensor technology. The plan will see two CCTVs installed in each identified lhakhang.  The move is estimated to cost Nu 330 million. Some 476 …

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19 officials yet to declare assets

ACC: More than two weeks after the month long grace period for 2014 ended on April 30, a total of 19 officials out of the 45 under Schedule I are yet to declare their assets with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Schedule I comprise ministers, MPs, heads of political parties, heads …

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For affordable and reliable connectivity

The telecom policy replaces the Bhutan ICT policy, 2004 IT: The government will have to ensure affordable connectivity for all through the creation of a conducive environment for private investments and competition. This is one of the many objectives of the Bhutan Telecommunications and Broadband policy 2014, which will guide …

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Shooting boulders kill one

Accident: A 45-year-old woman died on the way to hospital after she was hit by shooting stones in Yangmalashing chiwog in Decheling gewog on May 16. The woman and her father were walking to Nganglam, about three hours walk away, when the incident occurred. The village tshogpa said they started …

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Layaps feel let down by farm road quality

Connectivity: The people of Laya are not happy with the farm road that connects Laya with Gasa. Laya gup, Kinley Dorji, said that Layaps were particularly dissatisfied with the quality of the 26km road. The gewog raised the issue of poor road quality at the fifth dzongkhag tshogdu (DT), when …

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