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NA endorse Entitlement & Service Conditions (Amendment) Bill

The NA passed the Entitlement & Service Conditions (Amendment) Bill for the Holders, Members & Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices with 24  ‘Yes’ and 15 No votes today.

Following the voting, the Members were given the floor to express dissenting opinions where  Members of the Opposition said  they voted ‘No’ for the Bill because they felt  the amendment was not lawful.

The Bill will now be sent to the National Council of Bhutan for its deliberation.


Opposition takes issue with speaker’s remarks

They feel his ‘name-dropping’ exercise was uncalled for and intimidating in nature

NA: Before the National Assembly commenced its deliberation on November 25, the opposition leader, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, took the floor to share the opposition members’ shock and disappointment over the Speaker’s statement and name-dropping the day before.

Summing up discussions on whether the Election Act needed amendment, Speaker Jigme Zangpo had reminded the house on November 24, that His Majesty the Fourth King [... Read More]

Rewarding informants on drug offenses

Council endorses clause that recognises role intelligence plays in fight against illicit trade

NC: Informants should play a critical role if drug trade is to be clamped down, said national council (NC) members yesterday.

The house endorsed that anyone, who informs the authorised agency of the offence against controlled substances, which is a criminal offense, the informant shall be rewarded, according to the rules and regulations.

The clause does not apply to persons working in enforcement [... Read More]

Turning rhetoric into results

aOccasion: Nepal's minister for information and communication presents commemorative stamp to Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay at the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu yesterday Photo: DoI, Nepal

In his address, PM Tshering Tobgay called for more meaningful integration

Summit: Addressing the 18th SAARC summit, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay called for economic integration in the region and urged member states to contribute to remove the barriers.

“The most obvious path for a more prosperous south Asia is through increased intra-regional trade, which is dismally low due to barriers,” he said.  Lyonchhoen urged leaders to exercise their political will and take necessary steps to make [... Read More]

Amendment to Constitutional office Act 2010 endorsed

If the bill is passed, officers concerned need not resign from civil service on appointment

NA: Commissioners and members of constitutional offices need not resign from the civil service on their appointment.

This change in the entitlement and service conditions (amendment) bill for holders, members and commissioners of constitutional office Act, 2010 was endorsed yesterday through a majority vote after an extensive debate in the Assembly.  Twenty-one members voted in favour of amending the Act, [... Read More]


The law of the land(lord)

The National Council passed the Tenancy Act 2014 yesterday. This is indeed a piece of good news for thousands of tenants and landlords, particularly in the booming towns of the country.

For far too long we have had to deal with issues of landlords exploiting tenants, and tenants finding ways to get away with it all.

Economic realities change as the sun sets and rises above our heads day after day. So, this reality of all ought [... Read More]

Whistleblower in hot water

A teacher, who complained about his principal to the ACC, finds himself being victimised  

UMSS: In what is a case of alleged misuse of authority, a teacher of Ura middle secondary school (UMSS) in Bumthang, is accusing the school’s principal of unjust treatment.

The issue ensued after dzongkhag officials revealed the teacher’s identity for complaining to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC).

The teacher had written to the commission in July, accusing the principal of misusing [... Read More]

A stitch in time …

IMG_3670A participant tries the new machine

Usha International conducts 10-day training in sewing for 20 participants

Training: Fifty-seven-year-old Rinchen Wangdi had never seen a sewing machine so small that it didn’t even look like it could sew.

Rinchen Wangdi is among the 20 participants at the Tarayana centre in Thimphu currently undergoing a 10-day sewing training.

“It’s very convenient and time saving,” he said, excitedly.

Two trainers from USHA International ltd. are training the participants.  The program began on November 24.  The participants [... Read More]

Gelephu hospital runs short of diabetic drugs

However, they have been received recently and are being prescribed for 15-day periods

Health: For the last two months, a shortage of diabetic drugs at the Gelephu regional referral hospital has left many patients concerned.

The drugs are usually prescribed for a month to control the sugar level and hypertension in diabetic patients.

A diabetic patient, Ugyen, 57, from Umling, said he had to get his dose from the Indian border town Dathgiri, as they were [... Read More]

Tender for Yonphula facelift floated

The ADB-funded project is expected to cost between USD 1-4M

Aviation: More than a year after Yonphula domestic airport was closed, the department of civil aviation (DCA) has finally floated a tender for the airport’s enhancement.

The floating of the tender on Tuesday, which also allows international companies to participate, maintains DCA’s target of re-opening the airport by 2016, for now.

For the airport to be completed within 2016, work would have to start by latest [... Read More]

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