• 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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Chencho Gyeltshen – From national team to national star

PROFILE: Chencho Gyeltshen became a national hero when he scored a brace during the second round of the World Cup qualifiers against Sri Lanka on our home ground of Changlimithang stadium in Thimphu. A class 12 graduate from Kelki higher secondary school in Thimphu, football was not Chencho’s first choice.  …

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Fresh twist to ongoing case

Project manager submits documented evidence to back up foreign minister’s deposition Update: The on-going Lhakhang Karpo case took a new turn with the project manager yesterday submitting a document as evidence, where eight of the 11 dzongkhag level tender committee (DLTC) members had signed on the comparative statement for setting …

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PCAL sues Kuensel

The Penden Cement Authority Limited (PCAL) on April 20, filed a defamation case against Kuensel at the Samtse dzongkhag court for maligning the company’s image in the April 9 story, “PCAL in deep water?” PCAL’s legal and lamsoel officer, Tshering Dorji, in a telephone interview said the company decided to …

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Foreign aid projected to decline

Report: Foreign aid to Bhutan in the form of the country programmable aid (CPA) will decline by USD 32M (million) from 2013 to 2015, according to a recent report published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The CPA is the total amount of aid that comes through …

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Man found murdered en route to RTC

Crime: A man, with multiple stab wounds on the body, was found dead near a stream on the way to Royal Thimphu College yesterday morning. A passerby, who spotted the body, when he had gone to relieve himself near the stream, informed police around 7 am.  The man is yet …

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NEC to start levying application and processing fees

The move drew sharp responses from the six eastern dzongkhags Clearance: Beginning July, the National Environment Commission (NEC) will start charging an application fee of Nu 500, along with a processing fee, which would depend on the nature of the work, for environmental clearances (EC). For instance, the processing fee …

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Medical camp in Punakha draws moderate response

There were many, however, who were not told of this chance to consult US specialists Health: More than 300 people, mostly children consulted doctors from USA, who were in Punakha hospital for a five-day health camp that was organised by Helping Hands-health and education, a US based nonprofit organisation in …

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National basketball team leaves for the Philippines

Basketball: The national basketball team has left for the Philippines for a 10-day practice trip that is expected to help them get used to the international scene. The national coach with Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF), Tenxin Jamtsho, said that the team will have practice matches with local and university teams …

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Court not convinced by OAG’s evidence

The cases against the then Haa dzongdag are looking increasingly untenable Update: The Haa district court was not convinced with the rebuttal submission of evidence by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) against foreign minister Rinzin Dorje, who has been charged on omission, amounting to abuse of function and …

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Longevity of Bhutan’s glaciers questionable

Though the 2035 Himalayan deadline was deemed wrong, the same can’t be said for the ones here  Symposium: Bigger Himalayan glaciers, like Siachen and Gangotri in India, can survive 300 years even with the current recession rate of 20m on an average a year, according to experts from the Geological …

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Streamlining the environmental assessment process

The idea is to strike a balance between expediency and eco-friendly conditions Environment: To improve the environment assessment process, the environmental impact assessment (EIA) will be categorised and the terms of reference (ToR) simplified. This was deliberated during a dialogue on assessment of projects for environmental clearance (EC) between the …

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Hospitality industry struggles to fill slots

Both high and low-end positions lie vacant as Bhutanese remain either unable or unwilling Tourism: The hospitality industry still finds it difficult to recruit Bhutanese to perform certain jobs that so far are done by expatriate workers, for whom the labour ministry no longer issues work permits. Almost three years …

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