Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Loosening the purse strings

Housing and vehicle loan restrictions to be lifted from next month

RMA: The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) will lift restrictions on housing and vehicle loans from next month, which was imposed since 2012 to ease the rupee problem.

Deputy governor, Pushpalal Chhetri, said the authority’s board has finalised the guidelines on housing and vehicle loans and these loans will be available from September 1.

Along with the housing and vehicle loans, guidelines for consumer loans have [... Read More]

Irregularities in Losel cinema accounts

Audit: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has recently requested the home ministry to direct the Sarpang dzongkhag administration to take appropriate actions against the perpetrators responsible for siphoning of Nu 10.637M from Losal cinema hall account in Gelephu.

Both the ministry and the dzongkhag administration were also asked to initiate appropriate check and balance systems to curb misuse and mismanagement of funds in future.

Lapses were pointed out after the RAA audited the financial status [... Read More]

Cloud computing comes to Bhutan

To be made available through the establishment of a certified tier III data centre

BT: Cloud computing services, where the data is stored within the country’s borders, will soon become available in Bhutan.

Cloud services are those that are stored online rather than locally, similar to the government’s use of Google Apps.  However, in the case of Google Apps, the data is stored abroad in the American company’s servers.

The availability of local cloud computing will [... Read More]

AWP’s ad hoc vendor selection process

Arbitrariness of new liquor distributor license procedure irks those in the business

Alcohol: The new procedure for getting a liquor distributor license has not been received well by some of Phuenstholing residents, who had tried availing one.

After the revenue and customs office handed over the monitoring aspect of identifying an ideal vendor for liquor to the Army Welfare Project (AWP), some changes were made in the licensing process.  The previous system of issuing license [... Read More]

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Community service: University graduates attending the orientation program clean the capital city of its trash yesterday



Time to take to task

They came in droves, descended on the capital city equipped with sacks and sticks.  A few hours later, the result was a much cleaner town that was shorn of the usual litter, making some awkward with the change.

The two thousand or so university graduates attending the orientation program cleaned the capital city yesterday.  A few days ago, a group of students cleared the drain below the Thimphu Memorial chorten.

Every time students or some groups organise [... Read More]

Chulalongkorn U wins cultural landscape competition

DSC_0229Participants at the International competition on cultural landscape

The department of culture organised the 10-day contest that was held in Thimphu

Heritage: Chulalongkorn University in Thailand won the international competition on cultural landscape, which Bhutan had hosted for the last 10 days in Thimphu.

University of Tokyo, Japan was the runners up in the competition, where four teams, comprising three students and a professor each, were selected from reputed universities of architecture and town planning.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay awarded the certificates.

A booklet shared [... Read More]

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Community Animal Birth Control launched

A mass dog sterilisation and vaccination programme will be an annual event with a memorandum of understanding signed between the thromde and the department of livestock. Based on the understanding, Thimphu Thromde will support to raise awareness during “Tuesday: Love your Dog day” in Thromde areas, so that people can bring in their dogs for sterilisation and vaccination at [... Read More]

Local leaders refuse to sign compact agreement

They claim to have been left out of the loop when targets were set by sector heads

Governance: Local leaders of Gasa yesterday agreed to sign the performance compact agreement with the dzongda only after they review and discuss the targets with sector heads.

During the dzongkhag tshogde yesterday, local leaders said that, although they are in favour of compact signing, targets were set by sector heads without prior discussion with them.  They said the [... Read More]

No takers for transport service

20140819_131452Despite being open, the Jomotsangkha dungkhag’s main gate doesn’t see any buses plying through

No buses have plied the Jomotsangkha-Samdrupjongkhar route since last year

RSTA: The Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) office in Samdrupjongkhar has not received any proposal to operate a transport service between Jomotsangkha and Samdrupjongkhar ever since the last service discontinued a year ago.

People of Lauri, Langchenphug and Serthi gewogs in the dungkhag have been living with this problem after the only bus service that plied between the dungkhag and dzongkhag discontinued following an [... Read More]

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