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DPT picks an educator, DNT sticks to former candidate for the bye-election

For the Khamdang-Ramjar bye election, the ruling party Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa will give the ticket to the former candidate while the opposition party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa by default had to field a new candidate. The Election Commission of Bhutan set the poll date for Khamdang-Ramjar bye-elections on February 03, 2022. This time around, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa is fielding a 34-year …

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Not much left for the final fiscal year

While the total budget for the 12th FYP is Nu 310B, the government has already exhausted around 89% of the budget with one fiscal year still remaining for the FYP to end By Tashi Namgyal By the end of this fiscal year, Bhutan would have exhausted about 89 percent of the 12th Planโ€™s capital budget and only a meager 11 …

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Sealing the tax leakage

BITS and GST softwares will ensure all aspects of the supply chain are recorded and tax leakages are sealed By Tashi Namgyal As a measure to seal tax leakages in the future, two new softwares will be developed by the Department of Revenue and Customs (DRC) next year. Bhutan Integrated Taxation Systems (BITS), and Goods and Services Tax (GST) softwares …

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Unresolved irregularities mount by 45 percent

Royal Audit Authority issued 412 audit reports and revealed irregularities amounting close to Nu 2000 million during the past year By Rinzin Norbu The past year saw unresolved irregularities amounting to Nu 2,051.233M showing an increase of 44.95% as compared with 2019. Most increases were noted in non-performing loans of the financial institutions, Northern East West Highway (NEWH) construction and …

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DPT accuse DNT of polarized politics, policy corruption

FM maintains his stance in the Nu 19M GR Fund saga By Tashi Namgyal The Opposition Party expressed dissatisfaction over the reprioritization of the 12th Plan activities and also lambasted the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) government of โ€˜policy corruptionโ€™ and โ€˜polarized politicsโ€™ amidst the usage of Nu 19M General Reserve (GR) Fund by the finance minister. โ€œThe Opposition Party has …

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Police submits charges against Penjore

The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) charged Penjore Penjore for defamation citing three Sections of the Penal Code of Bhutan 2004 By Tashi Namgyal In a breakthrough court trial session, the media was allowed to attend for the first time when the Thimphu District Courtโ€™s Bench II presented the charges that was submitted by the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) against Penjore …

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Press Release

Climate Smart Agriculture in South Asia: Fostering regional cooperation for sustainable and resilient agricultural adaptation Dhaka, Bangladesh, 24 November 2021: The International Fund for AgriculturalDevelopment (IFAD), SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), International Food PolicyResearch Institute (IFPRI) and SAARC Development Fund (SDF) have launched apartnership for Scaling-up Climate Smart Agriculture in South Asia. The central objectiveof the partnership is to develop evidence-based …

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50 percent of vehicle fleet in the country to be converted to clean and eco-friendly technology by 2030

By Phurpa Wangmo Thimphu To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Indiaโ€™s Independence, the Indian Embassy  in collaboration with the Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India,  the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI),  the Society of Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) organized a virtual Buyer-Seller Meet on Thursday  between Indian …

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Flushing toilets for an ODF society by the end of 2022

Health Ministry made the pledge during World Toilet Day in 2020 By Phurpa Wangmo Coinciding with the observation of World Toilet Day 2021, three more dzongkhags and 26 additional gewogs achieved 100% improved sanitation coverage in 2021 and have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). With 129 gewogs and eight dzongkhags achieving ODF status, Bhutan has reached the 62 percent …

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OPINION

The FM and GRF โ€“ abuse, accountability, civil service reform I do not know if it is the same case. During the question answer session of the Finance Minister in the National Council (NC) in the last session of the parliament, NC member from Trashigang, Lhatu, asked the Finance Minister about more funds given to Paro. Before even answering the …

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