• 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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First batch of power tillers due in 2017

Under the general grants aid assistance of GoJ, large numbers are not provided Farming: A first batch of 400 power tillers of the 1,450 requested from the Japanese government is expected to arrive in 2017, according to the agriculture ministry. While the Japanese cabinet has not officially accepted the request …

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Round Two: Voters of Photshorong chiwog in Mongar gewog caste their vote to choose their candidate for the gup’s post yesterday. The second round of bye-elections for the vacant post will be held on April 6.                                          

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Fulbright scholarship was awarded fairly: DAHE

Education: The allegation against the award of a US Fulbright scholarship, which was shared through an anonymous letter on social media, is invalid, the Department of Adult and Higher Education’s (DAHE)director general said. “The selection process was fair and inclusive,” director general Tshewang Tandin said. The letter, posted on social …

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Online portal for all geospatial data by 2017

But a data sharing policy will have to be drafted first  Land: Since its launch in October last year, an online geo-portal for geospatial data has hardly been accessed. National Land Commission (NLC) officials said there is a need to create awareness about the the web portal for geospatial information. …

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Two forest fires in Wangdue

Forest fire: Two forest fires that are blazing since March 15 at two locations, Jarigang and Baychutop in Kamichu, Wangdue has razed hundreds of acres of forest and is still not under control. A forest official at Kamichu, Namgay said the forest fire at Jarigang started at 9pm while the …

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Dagachu is up and running

After a series of deadlines missed, the first Bhutanese managed project is commissioned Hydropower: The 126 MW Dagachu hydro power project (DHPP) is now fully commissioned, with the second 63MW (megawatt) unit test on March 15. The first test was conducted on February 20. The national load dispatch centre (NLDC) …

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Priority clearance for Bunakha reservoir scheme

This was revealed in the MoEA’s draft annual performance agreement Hydropower: The Bunakha reservoir scheme, which will generate 180MW of electricity, and augment the generation of Tala and Chukha downstream, is to be cleared for implementation within the next financial year. In its draft annual performance agreement, the economic affairs …

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Shopkeeper-fire victims at a loss what to do next

The temporary relief camp set up will remain in operation for just another couple of days Disaster: Days before the fire that razed half of Sarpang’s makeshift town to the ground, Ganga Raj Chhetri had stocked his shop. School was reopening soon and the business from Gakiling had stocked school …

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Expediting environmental clearance through dialogue

Stung by criticism, the commission springs into action to clear its go-slow image NEC: The National Environment Commission (NEC) will soon meet ministries and agencies to discuss ways to expedite the process of availing environment clearance. “We’d do this soon because there are so much confusion and complaints,” NEC secretary …

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Spike in number of Trongsa’s STI cases

Increase in population due to hydropower project may have had a hand in the spread Health: Even as Trongsa sees an increasing number of sexually transmitted infection (STI) cases, a case of an absconding HIV positive has left the health community concerned. Dzongkhag health officer, Gunja Raj Gurung, said the …

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Underpaid mask dancers skip practice

Their absence puts a cloud over the religious festival that’s only been around since 1999  Tsechu: With Tsirang tshechu in the offing, a few mask dancers, who have been practising the dances since February 24, were tense when their other colleagues didn’t turn up. Dhamal Bahadur Khapangay from Kilkhorthang gewog, …

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Old problems bog down dzongkhags

Dzongdas seek centre’s support in effort to meet annual performance agreements APA: Given the challenges the dzongkhags are confronted with, the government is a long way away from creating a favourable environment for civil servants to meet their targets and deliver quality service. Dzongkhag administration officials from Paro, Haa, Gasa, …

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