Irregularities worth Nu 1.77bn of three hydropower projects

The three hydropower projects – Punatshangchhu-I Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA-I), Punatshangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA-II), and Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA) – have irregularities amounting to Nu 1,771.93mn in 2018. This is according to the Annual Audit Report 2018 that was launched by the Royal Audit Authority yesterday. The irregularities of PHPA-I was reported at […]

DOR to start widening Sunkosh-Dagapela secondary highway

The Department of Roads (DOR) will soon start widening the Sunkosh to Dagapela secondary highway. The detailed Project Report for the work is complete and the detailed survey is underway. Once, its complete the report will be submitted to Gross National Happiness Commission for approval. The 45-km road will be started next year. The government […]

Using safety gear, a costly affair

Lack of protective gear for workers can lead to immense danger. However, using it is not common in Bhutan especially due to the financial implications. The Department of Labor (DoL) recorded 67 workplace accidents in the year 2017-18 and many went unreported. Fall from height (16.4%), failure in safety management and monitoring (16.4%), stuck by […]

The underage conundrum

The Prime Minister has directed the Ministry of Education to work on the petition appealed by the representatives of parents, proprietor and principals of private schools. Last week, they submitted a petition to the Prime Minister to regularize the admission of underage pre-primary (PP) students for the 2019 academic session. They have also appealed the […]

Druk Metho Tastes as good as it looks

If you want to buy something that tastes as good as it looks, you must try Druk Metho’s brand of organic flower petals that are being turned to high-end food products and exported to Switzerland. Thinley Namgay, 27, a Computer Applications graduate, founded Druk Metho in 2017. Druk Metho was started as a social enterprise […]

MoWHS tops list of ministries with highest fraud and corruption cases

The total unresolved irregularities have gone up to Nu 604.38mn in 2018 from Nu 405mn in 2017 Among the ten ministries, the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS) has the highest amount of fraud and corruption cases amounting to Nu 11.77mn. This is according the Annual Audit Report 2018 that was launched yesterday. The […]

Poultry cooperatives challenged by government farms

Eggs seem to be available everywhere in the country at reasonable prices with egg sufficiency accomplished or so it seems. Poultry cooperatives are being challenged by government poultry farms, import of eggs from border towns and, rising feed price. A dozen eggs cost Nu 94 that is Nu 7.8 per egg in the Centenary Famers’ […]

Bhutan–Thailand friendship drive kicks off

A team of 21 participants will drive for eight days and cover a total distance of 3,000km to reach Thimphu from Thailand The Bhutan-Thailand Friendship Drive was flagged off yesterday, thus kicking off the commemorative activities for the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Thailand. The drive themed […]

Major preconstruction works completed at Kholongchu project

With major preconstruction works at the Kholongchu project in Trashiyangtse completed, the project is going to start its main civil works soon as the project has already floated the tenders for the works. Since the beginning of the preconstruction works at the project in September 2015, a total of 31km of access roads and two […]

EU approves additional funding of 7.3mn euros to Bhutan

The European Union approved an additional funding of 7.3mn euros to Bhutan for the establishment of the National Training Centre for Search and Rescue and the Water Flagship Programme during the visit of Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering to Brussels last week. Lyonchhen was in Brussels to attend the European Development Days (EDD) 2019 at […]