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Curtains fall on Kholongchhu JV project

… KHEL faces shareholding, funding issues The 600-MegaWatt (MW) Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited (KHEL), the first-ever joint venture (JV) hydropower project in Bhutan formed between Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) and India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) was initially planning to develop 10,000 MW by 2020. After pumping more than Nu 4.5 billion in the project, the JV will no longer …

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DV cases worsens in Umling, Sarpang

… 30-year-old sister stabs her 33-year-old brother to protect herself Earlier on June 26, a 30-year-old sister stabbed her 33-year-old brother around midnight in Umling, Sarpang. Sources claim it was unintentional, and the 30-year-old sister took arms for self-defense. Local leaders said, there are about five to six households in Umling experiencing DV cases on daily basis. Domestic Violence cases …

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NA passes Tourism Levy Bill

The main focus of the Tourism Levy Bill (2020) is on the value, to redefine the existing tourism policy of ‘High Value, Low Impact’, said the government. Telling that the tourism industry must benefit all the Bhutanese people, and that the high value definition has become redundant, the government proposed to increase the Sustainable Development Fund of USD 65 to …

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Government outs Sung-jeon App from 12th FYP

With overwhelming priorities in the 12th Five-Year-Plan, the government is not in a position to implement one of its election pledges, the Sung-jeon App. Pointing reasons to pledge Sung-jeon App, the Layog Lyonpo Karma Dorji told the parliament that the Sung-jeon App was to benefit the whole country. Some of the reasons, Lyonpo said, it is for data security, and …

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DHI projects to earn foreign currency

… economic diversification to conserve foreign currency reserve which stands at USD 1157.408 M Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) is working on two to three major projects according to Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering. He said that the earnings from those projects are expected to generate foreign currency. The decrease in US Dollar (USD), the main convertible foreign currency reserve in …

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Adopt various aspects to assess leadership qualities

… parameters of leadership assessment are irrelevant and unfair The former Director General (DG) of Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority (BNCA), Sonam Dorji was managed out without a single audit memo three years earlier before his superannuation after working for more than three decades. He served four government autonomous agencies and held seven key positions until the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) …

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Bhutan to adopt Torts Law

Inspired by His Majesty the King’s vision of an accountable society based on the rule of law, a proposal for the adoption of torts law was discussed. For more than a year, the Legislative Community (LC) of the National Council has been carrying out review, research and stakeholder consultations. LC tabled the Civil Liability Bill in the 27th session of …

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Immigration officials come under ACC’s radar for misusing funds

For alleged embezzlement of more than Nu 3 million to Nu 5 million, three officials of the immigration office in Phuentsholing are undergoing Anti-Corruption Commission’s trial.  The three officials – an immigration officer, an inspector and an accountant are suspected to have embezzled funds that have been allocated for travel and daily allowances (TADA).  In the beginning, the case was …

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