The High Court dismissed the appeal from seven local government candidates whose audit clearances were revoked after the selection procedure or Dhamngoi Zomdu. They appealed to the high court yesterday to authorise them to contest the election since they have not been convicted.
The Social and Cultural Committee of the National Assembly recommended that the Office of the Attorney General prosecute all cases. It was discussed while deliberating the Royal Bhutan Police Amendment Bill. Today, police have the power to prosecute any person for any criminal offence other than a misdemeanour and above.
The High Court today sentenced a 56-year-old teacher to ten and a half years in prison for molesting 10 primary school students in Tsirang. The convict was sentenced to 30 years in prison by the Tsirang district court earlier in July this year.
Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the government is waiting for the detailed project report (DPR) of the hydropower plant at Dorjilung in Monggar. The DPR is an extensive outline of a project with essential information such as the resources and tasks to be carried out in order to make the project successful. The Prime Minister said this in response to Monggar MP Karma Lhamo's question during the question hour session of the National Assembly today.
The legality of using the General Reserve Fund (GRF) was again questioned today. The Samdrup Jongkhar's MP from Jomotshangkha-Martshala asked for clarifications from the Finance Minister for using the GRF in his Dzongkhag. Finance Minister Namgay Tshering said the budget appropriation was done legally.
The Paro police arrested a suspect in the hit and run case that claimed a life of a 32-year-old woman in Paro on Saturday. The suspect, a man in his early thirties, was arrested yesterday. He is a truck driver.
The Tala Hydropower Plant in Chhukha will be shut down for three months from the end of December this year. According to the Druk Green Power Corporation, this is to carry out a detailed inspection of the Head Race Tunnel and make necessary repairs as recommended by international experts. An earlier inspection conducted in March found cracks and holes in the tunnel and some debris on the tunnel floor.
The Good Governance Committee (GGC) of The National Council recommended granting the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) complete independence over adequate Human Resource (HR). The ACC proposed it as a new section in the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Bill. According to the committee, the ACC shall determine its organisational structure and administer it independently.
Access to toilets is vital and can save lives. Without toilets, deadly diseases spread rapidly. The World Health Organization estimates that with proper sanitation, including the use of toilets, more than 840,000 deaths from diarrheal diseases could be averted. But in Tingtibi town of Zhemgang, this is easier said than done. Without any public toilets, the only choice visitors have is to request the shops and restaurants or to run into the bushes.