Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Less is more?

PM proposes to raise the quality of education by reducing the number of schools   

Education: Prime minister Tshering Tobgay asked local government (LG) officials, civil servants and corporate employees of Trashiyangtse and Trashigang to talk to parents in the villages on reforming the education system by bringing down the number of schools across the country and introduce boarding schools.

For instance, he said, the existing 30 schools in Trashiyangtse would be brought down to [... Read More]

BNB lends 94 percent of its deposit

Banking: While all major banks recorded a credit to deposit (CD) ratio of 72 percent and below, Bhutan National Bank’s CD ratio stood at 94 percent.

The CD ratio determines the health of the banks in terms of their total deposits to that of lending.

Low CD ratio means banks are not using their resources and higher ratio beyond a certain point indicates pressure on the banks’ capital.

Royal Monetary Authority officials said it was normal [... Read More]

Japan commits Nu 68M KR II grant


The food security project has contributed greatly to farm mechanisation through the popular power tiller

AID: The government of Japan provided Nu 68M or USD 1.1M in agricultural aid to Bhutan, yesterday.

The aid was given as part of the ‘food security project for underprivileged farmers’ also known as the KR-II grant.

The agreement was signed between the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at Tashichhodzong, yesterday.  The Bhutanese and Japanese [... Read More]


It’s but one responsibility

On the pretext of their dissatisfaction with the acronym GAO used in reference to them, gewog administration officers pointed out the need to sort out roles and responsibilities between them and the gup.

Although much of the disparity in functions of the two local government office bearers have been straightened since similar issues first emerged in 2008 when the post was created, there continues to be some confusion still.

Perhaps, as some gewog administrative officers put it, [... Read More]

Committee formation hamstrung by manpower shortage


Gewog administrative officers raise issue during second symposium yesterday

GAO: Development work and planned activities get delayed in gewogs in the absence of their own tender committees.

Gewog administrative officers (GAO) highlighted the issue during the second symposium yesterday, which began on April 15.  They said that, with only limited people in the gewog, they couldn’t form tender committees, as they couldn’t take part in more than one.

To float a tender, GAOs said several committees, [... Read More]

Dungsam does more than just make cement

The corporation employs/trains many youth and provides work to contractors 

DDCL: The country’s largest cement manufacturing plant, Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) has employed a huge number of Bhutanese in its mining and manufacturing division.  It has 492 Bhutanese workers, including 90 university graduates.

While 392 are regular employees, the remaining 100 are on contract.  More than 40 percent of the employed are from Pemagatshel.

DCCL chief executive officer, Dorji Norbu, said the average age of [... Read More]

BAFRA suspends two hotel licences for noncompliance


BAFRA: Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) in Phuentsholing seized grocery items and suspended licence of two hotels for not complying with the Food Act of Bhutan 2005.

Inspection that began from March 6 found that many hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and bars sold expired items, had unhygienic kitchen and sold goods without labels written in English.

“Most of the grocery shops, including wholesalers like FCB, Damchen and Zimdra, were found selling expired goods,” [... Read More]

Some relief soon for roofless Isuna CPC


A permanent roof is in the pipeline before the onset of monsoon

Disaster: From afar, the mud-rammed structures of Isuna community primary school in Shaba, Paro look as if they are roofless and abandoned.  They aren’t entirely roofless, but the school is still recovering from the windstorm that blew away the entire roof.

Since the windstorm, the school has had to make do with CGI sheets and tarpaulins over the structures in place of a [... Read More]

Phuentsholing seals border for election in India


Border: Both the pedestrian and border gates of Phuentsholing was sealed from 6pm yesterday. Human and vehicle movement will be restricted until 6pm today.

This is following a letter Dungkhag received from the office of the District Magistrate of Jalpaiguri seeking assistance from Bhutan on the movement of vehicle inside West Bengal district on the poll day in Jalpaiguri.

The assistance from the dungkhag according to Dungpa Rabgay Tobden said would mean the border gates [... Read More]

Fears of possible geological surprises in PHPA II

Hydropower: Punatsangchhu II, its project officials said was likely to suffer a geological set back, like its precursor Punatsangchhu I, which was delayed by a year.

Project managing director RN Khazanchi said Punatsangchhu I had passed that stage and that the remedial measures would take care of the slide.

“So there’s no problem with Punatsangchhu I,” he said. “But there is still possibility of geological surprises to occur in Punatsangchhu II.”

Project officials said the dam, [... Read More]

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