• Fragile: A portion of the Dorokha-Samtse road comes off as water from yesterday’s rainfall flows onto the road

    Heavy rains cause damage and claim two lives

    A 65-year-old woman and her grand daughter,11, in Damphuchen village, Dorokha were buried alive when landslide hit their house and washed it away.The incident occurred at 7 am yesterday following heavy rainfall on the night of June 24 and yesterday morning. Dorokha drungkhag disaster team led by the drungpa, police, and local leaders and volunteers recovered the bodies.

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Stability of Thorthormi’s moraine dam uncertain

NCHM Team working at Thanza AWLS Station, Lunana (Photo: NCHM)

The National Centre for Hydrology and Metereology (NCHM) called off the manual observation of water level of Thorthormi Lake from yesterday. The monitoring of the lakes, according to a NCHM notification, would be continued from glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) control room in Wangduephodrang and national weather and flood warning …

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The 23rd session of the National Council concluded yesterday with a Tashi Moenlam. The Prime Minister, Speaker, Cabinet Secretary and other senior government officials joined the National Council members at the closing. 

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Three MPS turn up to buy non-subsidised LPG

Two Hilux loads of non-subsidised cylinders were parked outside the NA hall (Photo: Trade)

The trade department’s initiative to take non-subsidised LPG to the National Assembly parking lot for Members of Parliament to buy at their convenience on June 21 and 24 met with a lukewarm response. Consumers can buy non-subsidised LPG while continuing to use their subsidised cylinders. However, the government wants MPs …

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Active monsoon to continue for next 48 hrs

With South -West monsoon active over the country, heavy to very rainfall has been recorded in the southern belts during the last 24 hours.  Active monsoon is likely to continue during the next 48 hours, the National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology forecasts.  “Due to this the southern and eastern …

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Loss of agricultural land, biggest risk to food self-sufficiency

Bhutan is now self-sufficient in fruits and eggs, according to the performance audit report on food self-sufficiency and security. The report found that the self-sufficiency ratio (SSR) in 2016 for fruits stood at 132 percent and 100 percent for eggs. However, food self-sufficiency remains a challenge because of huge imports …

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Use and lease of pastureland needs clarity, say local leaders

Samdrupjongkhar Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) last week resolved that the dzongkhag land record office and concerned authorities would conduct awareness programmes related to tshamdro or pastureland. The decision comes after Lauri gup Tempa Gyeltshen raised at the DT that pastureland lease has become one of the main challenges in the gewog among others. To …

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Milk processing unit reopens in Drakteng after five years

Ugyen Lhendup operates a cream separator at the unit

After remaining closed since 2014, the milk processing unit (MPU) in Changrey, Trongsa has reopened. The 61 members Drakteng diary development group is operating the MPU. The MPU started in 2006 but started functioning from 2007. It closed shop in 2009 after it failed to function well. To read more, …

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NA passes budget appropriation Bill 

Foreign Minister, Dr Tandi Dorji (file photo)

In passing the annual budget 2019-20, the National Assembly yesterday resolved to segregate budget allotment for cultural activities into intangible and tangible from the next fiscal year. This was one of the six recommendations the National Council made on the Budget appropriation Bill. the Assembly endorsed five recommendations. To read …

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Six men charged for smuggling 31kg gold

Barely a week after filing a case against 10 men for smuggling 52kg of gold biscuits, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has charged another group of six men for illegally importing 31kg of gold into the country from the northern border. OAG on June 21 registered the smuggling …

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RAA asked to frame accountability procedures for performance audits

The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) must come up with clear procedures to fix accountability on lapses pertaining to the performance audit report by September this year, the joint sitting of the parliament resolved yesterday. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) proposed the recommendation in the backdrop of many RAA’s recommendations not …

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Purchase and maintenance of pool vehicles cost govt. billions

A significant portion of government resources is spent on procurement, maintenance and recoupment of government vehicles annually. The government spent Nu 816.9M on buying pool vehicles, maintenance, and hiring of vehicles in the fiscal year 2017-2018, according to the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) report on government vehicles and foreign vehicle …

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RAA reports inefficiency in BDBL’s core banking solution

The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) recommends the Bhutan Development Bank Limited to incorporate field receipts management and institute robust IT controls in Finacle Core Banking Solution (CBS). The report, 2018, IT audit on Finacle CBS at the bank found that without a defined and approved system migration methodology to serve …

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