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    BDBL official accused of embezzling over Nu 11.7m

    Posted 18 March 2018 | 8:14 am

    The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has unearthed another embezzlement of over Nu 11.7m (11,764,015 /-) by an employee of the Bhutan Development Bank Limited (BDBL).

    The investigation found the accused had allegedly embezzled the amount from the Rural Credit Fund of Gelegphu and Pema Gatshel branch offices since 2012 while he was working as Branch Assistant/Product Service Officer of the bank.

    According to the ACC’s report the suspect bought 50 decimal plot, hotels and lend and borrowed money to and from many individuals for some business ventures. The report said all those activities were financed through the embezzled money.

    The investigation report also mentioned that the suspect was responsible to meet the overall banking requirements of his assigned Gewogs to make loan appraisals, visiting Gewogs for farmers’ outreach banking, mobilizing savings and catering to other bank needs.

    As per the report, the suspect carried out end to end job of opening accounts for loan application documentation in addition to field withdrawal and collection. This direct and frequent contact with the clients during visit to the Gewogs, according to the report has enabled him to know the clients closely where opportunity was abused to target individuals who are mostly illiterate or live alone.

    The suspect after knowing the inability of the clients in verifying the loans issued against their names, created fictitious loan accounts by using key documents related to mortgage and authorization from closed files of former clients. The suspect had filled in the loan appraisal forms by himself and put his thumb impression on behalf of the clients. These fictitious loans were prepared and approved whenever he officiated as the Branch Manager.

    When it comes to withdrawal from the clients’ accounts, the report found that the suspect filled in withdrawal slips and handed over to the cashiers during peak hours with an excuse that the client was in hurry and had left the withdrawal slip with him.

    The commission’s report further states that some clients after the suspect transferred to Pema Gatshel, informed the bank that the loans in their names were never taken by them. Some of the clients even lodged the loan denial complaint to the bank in Gelegphu. However, the management did not take serious action against the issue which led the suspect to continue embezzling the funds from Pema Gatshel branch to cover up the accounts created in Gelegphu branch.

    The ACC report says another businessman is also involved or associated with the embezzlement case, but is still at large.

    Pema Gatshel police arrested the prime suspect following the bank’s complaint report in July last year. The bank lodged the complaint that the suspect had embezzled over Nu 3.8M (38,00,000/-) by forging documents in the name of eight individuals.

    The suspect is currently under suspension and the case under review in the Office of the Attorney General.

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    130 candidates nominated to contest for NC elections

    Posted 18 March 2018 | 8:13 am

    Three weeks after the commencement of Gewog Dhamngoi Zomdu, 130 candidates are now confirmed to contest the National Council elections on April 20.

    The Dhamngoi Zomdu completed, on Friday, at Trong Gewog in Zhemgang.

    The 205 Gewog and 20 Dzongkhag Thromde have finally nominated their candidates.

    With 13 candidates, Monggar will field the highest number of candidates on the April 20 election date followed by Tsirang, who nominated 12 candidates from its 13 Gewogs.

    On the other hand, Bumthang will see only two candidates contesting for a National Council seat. Other Dzongkhag with less candidates are Gasa and Trongsa with three each.

    The number of female aspirants was a disappointment leading up to the Dhamngoi Zomdu. Among the eight who contested, six made it through to the next round. Ninety five Gewog and Dzongkhag Thromde did not have any nominations.

    With 130 candidates confirmed, state funding to cover the campaigns will cost the Election Commission of Bhutan close to Nu 20 million.

    Next up, the nominated candidates will participate in LIVE public debates conducted by the Bhutan Broadcasting Service in collaboration with the Election Commission of Bhutan. It starts with Lhuentse Dzongkhag, next week.

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    ECB disqualifies registration of Druk Gaki Tshogpa as a political party

    Posted 18 March 2018 | 8:12 am

    The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has disqualified the application for registration of Druk Gaki Tshogpa as a political party.

    The application received by the ECB on February 9 this year, as per the notification, was subjected to due scrutiny and review against the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Laws.

    The ECB says the applicant party submitted a final list of 308 registered members. However, irregularities in 29 cases were found with names not in electoral roll, names of religious personalities, mismatch of names and constituency mistake. Also there are no members in two constituencies. The party’s president Chheku Dukpa, said it is not 29 cases as pointed out by the ECB but only nine.

    The ECB notification also states that they received a final list of 25 potential candidates. Out of this, it was found that “two candidates are not registered members of the party and one appears to be a different person, of different gender.”  “This was informed to the applicant party but no rectified list was received,” the notification stated.

    The ECB also says there are no potential candidates for half of the 47 constituencies. “In terms of the profile of the candidates in the List submitted, it is found that 20 are in the 25 to 35 years age group; 4 between 35 to 45 years and 1 is a 46-year old.With no person of public standing with demonstrated experience of leading a Government or public office or an established business.”

    To this Chheku Drukpa said: “There is no law stating that this number of contestants should be there while registering. We just applied to get registered. We did not apply to run for elections. There’s no point in talking about the potential of the candidates while registering.”

    The ECB also shared serious concerns on the Party Ideology which is found to be general and nothing is mentioned about how the substantive task of national development is envisioned.

    “The ECB knows whether an ideology is required or not. The way I see it, three political parties does not even have it. Yet, we have included every detail including the party’s vision and mission,” said the party’s president adding that they have done everything in line with the ECB’s rules.  “They have treated us against the law. We did not get justice. Therefore we will appeal to the supreme court,” he added.

    Chheku Dukpa also mentioned that, registration for a political party and registration for the elections is completely different.

    Druk Gaki Tshogpa applied for registration last month.


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