There is much lively discourse, both online and offline, on the government’s proposal to do away with the pool vehicle system and replace it with an allowance.
A majority is convinced that pool vehicles are misused, and that doing away with the practice would save the government millions. This group wants to be ruthless and lauds the government idea of replacing all pool vehicles. The other group, while at one on the misuse, is concerned about [... Read More]
The need to strengthen and promote private sector – the prime minister believes in it, politician agree with it, international experts endorse it, above all, the country needs it.
At a time when the country is faced with issues of youth unemployment and economic uncertainty, it becomes all the more pertinent to turn to private sector for solutions.
But what people in the private sector say is the country makes it hard to create businesses and for [... Read More]
The local media was beaten hands down last week when they missed an important development in the government’s policy on electric vehicles.
Foreign media broke the news about the government’s policy to make the “capital city an electric vehicle hotspot”. Many papers and blogs picked up the news, where lyonchhoen was reported to have met the chief executive of Renault-Nissan to discuss supplying electric cars and charging system.
Lyonchhoen was also quoted as saying, to kick off [... Read More]
Australia, apart from India, Japan and Switzerland was one of the first few nations that assisted the country in its early development stages.
Today, besides other assistance it provides, its kind gesture towards developing the country’s human capital is seen as one of the most prominent supports.
Many senior civil servants, holding key positions in the bureaucracy today did diploma, under graduation, post graduation or higher in Australia through its many scholarship schemes.
This assistance, over the years, [... Read More]
We can surmise that the government will not lift the ban on import of vehicles for a long time.
This is evident from the cautious step it took in relaxing the ban on imports of some vehicles. With immediate effect, Bhutanese can buy electric cars while farmers, farmers group, rural businesses and cooperatives can import “utility” vehicles.
This move is expected to help rural development and encourage people to use eco-friendly cars. Only time will tell if [... Read More]
The word “mismatch” has become a catchword among authorities that have been musing over the country’s unemployment situation for quite some time as they continue to do even today.
The term was used in reference to jobs available in the market, but ones that did not fit in with what graduates had to offer in terms of skills and qualification.
Besides, even college graduates were seeking desk jobs and not those the market had in offer. School [... Read More]
Much to the appreciation of the 200 “entrepreneurs” and those waiting to become one, the prime minister when addressing the opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Week on Monday, announced a grand plan.
Not only is there a serious plan to boost entrepreneurship in the country, the Lyonchhoen had committed a huge fund, Nu1.9B, out of the government’s economic stimulus plan to restart the Business Opportunity and Information Centre through which entrepreneurship will be promoted. With the [... Read More]
The last pay hike for civil servants in January 2011 came as a New Year gift.
What splendid a moment it would be for civil servants this year to see a salary revision on the Bhutanese New Year, something to look forward to on a Losar and to be able to spend a little more to celebrate.
From the three months time given to the recently established pay commission to study and based on which to recommend [... Read More]
The first conference of multigrade teachers in Paro over the weekend discussed some pertinent issues.
Like in many conferences, problems and difficulties dominated much of the conference, but they were genuine concerns. There is a shortage of trained teachers and infrastructures poor, according to teachers.
As teachers of pre-primary and primary students, multigrade teachers are instrumental in laying the academic foundation of thousands of children across the country, especially in the rural communities.
If these teachers are not [... Read More]
Lyonchhoen’s recent visit to Thailand on the invitation of the Thai prime minister rekindled the strong bond the two nations share.
Like Thailand’s prime minister said the ties that bind the two nations rest in the close relationships royal family members of the two countries share, as do the governments and most important, the people of the two nations.
Within the last few years, the number of Thai tourists visiting the country has been increasing, as has [... Read More]