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PHPA II: Nu 1.1 bn in irregularities

Chunk of it is Nu 500 mn for inadequate studies in relocating the powerhouse The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has reflected unresolved irregularities amounting to Nu 1.1 billion against the Punatshangchhu-ii Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA II) in 2016. Based on the responses received after the issue of draft Annual Audit …

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15 drivers caught driving drunk on ‘Dry day’ in Thimphu

Thimphu traffic police recently caught 15 people driving under the influence on Tuesday, officially a dry day. The 15 people were nabbed between 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm during a highway check on a Tuesday. “If 15 people are caught driving under influence on a dry day imagine the number …

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Accomplishments and issues of GDG in performance audit report

GDG is aimed at strengthening good governance and decentralization at the grass root level and has an annual budget allocation of Nu 2 million for each gewog, over and above the regular budget. A Royal Audit Authority performance audit report states highlights significant accomplishments and initiatives, as well as shortcomings …

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Yonphula Airport to have test flight by June

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The Yonphula domestic airport in the eastern district of Trashigang, closed since 2013 for realignment of its runway and compliance with international standards, is expected to re-open in June according to air transport officials. “We are having a test flight by the first week of June and the certification of …

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Crime in Trashigang

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Trashigang, the country’s most populated district, reported eight cases of domestic violence battery this year according to police records. “The root cause of domestic violence is disrespecting women’s right and alcohol. The prevailing myth of domestic violence is that alcohol and drugs are the major causes of domestic abuse. Some …

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Bhutanese working abroad donate medical equipment

A group of Bhutanese working with various United Nation agencies abroad as international staff and volunteers, as well as those who have had the opportunity to work abroad, have collectively donated 24 units of Haemodialysis Machine chairs to the health ministry. The chairs worth Nu 1.285 million (inclusive of freight) …

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No tax exemption on cash crop income says FM

During the National Assembly’s question hour on May 16, finance minister Namgay Dorji said the government would not be able to exempt cash crop income from tax because it would create two rules and disrupt governance. He was responding to a query raised by Samtse’s Dophuchen Tading MP, Tek Bahadur …

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Government questioned on expenses on non-essential health activities

At yesterday’s question hour session of the national assembly the health minister was questioned on the government’s expenditure on non-essential health activities and freebies. “Funds are made available for all kinds of non-essential activities while funds for most important, basic and essential services of providing medical treatment to our patients …

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