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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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Male Circumcision: a measure to prevent HIV

Bhutanese health professionals are advocating male circumcision, which according to a study by WHO and UNAIDS, reduces the transmission of HIV by 60 percent. Circumcision is a (medical) surgical procedure where the foreskin of the penis is cut and removed. Circumcision is done as religious practice among muslims and Jews …

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NRDCL’s profit halves in 2016 compared to 2015

The net profit of the natural resources development corporation (NRDCL), that supplies sand, stone and timber, dropped by almost half to Nu 7.8 million in 2016 from the previous year according to its annual report. In 2015 its net profit was Nu.15.7 million. According to the report this was mainly …

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World No-Tobacco Day Award for Health Minister

Coinciding with the World No-Tobacco Day, which is observed on 30th of May every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, Minister of Health and the Chairperson of …

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Euro 2.5 mn EU support for CSOs inaugurated

EU support of Euro 2.5 mn to strengthen civil society engagement in sustainable development and good governance was formalised on Thursday, May 25, in Thimphu. The support comes under the Multi-annual Indicative Programme (MIP) 2014-2020 EU support to Bhutan. The EU ambassador to Bhutan, Tomasz Kozlowski, said this support is …

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NA ratifies International Think Tank Agreement

The National Assembly ratified on Tuesday, May 23, the Multilateral Agreement For The Establishment of an International Think Tank For Landlocked Developing Countries, which was deferred earlier, with 41 members voting in favor, 2 members voted against and one member abstaining. Ratification was deferred last week after some members requested …

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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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Mineral Development Policy finally here

The cabinet has approved the draft Mineral Development Policy (MDP) 2017 that has undergone a number of redrafting over a number of years. The Rationale for the Policy, highlighting the importance of policy to guide mining and related activities in the Country. It also includes the Vision, Mission and Objectives …

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House Committees find a way out on BBIN issue

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A small issue on the language remains The House Committee’s of the National Assembly (NA) and National Council (NC) have managed to come up with an important recommendation to amend the Legislative Rules of Procedure (LRoP) which would avoid a vote on the BBIN and instead lead to its ‘dismissal’ …

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