Bhutan Current Affairs - 2020

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Namibia purchases India-made EVMs for its presidential polls

The Namibian government has purchased 3,400 India-made Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for its presidential polls. Previously, India-made EVMs have been used by other countries in Asia to conduct smooth and fair elections.

The EVMs have been bought at a cost of Namibian $10 million (approx $948,000) from Bengaluru-based public sector unit, Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL). The South African nation Namibia, which had ordered 1,700 EVMs in 2013, placed another order earlier this year, is the first African country to use such machines in any of its polls.

What prompted Nambia to buy EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) from India?

Namibia is keen on purchasing the Indian made EVMs for its benefits like faster results, reduction in the number of spoilt ballots, low expenses in conducting the polls, and the elimination of manipulation avenues. Other features of attraction include newly introduced ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA), in-built clocks and Braille markings for the visually impaired. The machine eliminates the possibility of vote tempering by displaying the time when the vote was cast along with recording the ballot. It also gives hourly polling updates.

Which countries have purchased Indian EVMs in past?

Earlier, Nepal, Bhutan, Namibia and Kenya bought BEL manufactured EVMs for conducting their polls. India is only supplying the EVMs not its technology with any of the countries.

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Indian aid to Bhutan: Rs 4,500 crore Assistance Package to improve the livelihood of Bhutanese

Screenshot_7As per the 11th five year plan of Government of India (GOI), India will contribute Rs.4500 crores Assistance Package to Bhutan. The package will help the landlocked country to implement major projects over the 11th Five Year Plan that will improve the livelihood of its people. 

India’s assistance to the Eleventh Five –Year Plan (2013-2018) to Bhutan

  • Project Tied Assistance (PTA)- Rs. 2800 crore.
  • Small Development Projects- Rs. 850 crore.
  • Development Subsidy or Program Grant-Rs. 850 crore.

In addition, GOI agreed to provide as Rs. 500 Crore as Economic Stimulus Package, to boost the Bhutanese economy and help the RGOB to tackle the liquidity shortage.

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