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Solving a problem of plenty

The supposed surplus in house rent allowance is a primary concern of the policy review Housing: The perceived notion among civil servants of there being a surplus in the 20 percent house rent allowance (HRA) is one of the main issues the finance ministry is looking at addressing while reviewing the housing allowance policy. Finance ministry officials said the policy, which is under review, following anomalies in its implementation, would be ready before the winter session of Parliament begins. Lyonpo Namgay Dorji said the review [... Read More]

A cash flow to keep the ship of state afloat

The govt. has released two more T-bills to raise another Nu 3B  Funds: The government is raising another Nu 3B from two separate treasury bill (T-bill) to meet its expenditure and narrow the resource gap in the current financial year. On August 20, the government raised Nu 4B from three separate T-bills, of which Nu 3B has already been redeemed from the government’s consolidated account (GCA) maintained with the central bank. GCA is government’s account maintained with the central bank and deposits include donor funding [... Read More]

First ever EU film festival focuses on youth

Cinema: Nineteen award winning films will be screened at the first ever European Union (EU) film festival to be held in Bhutan. The festival began yesterday with the German film, Lessons of a Dream, being screened. The film is about a young Oxford graduate English teacher in nineteenth century Germany who introduces the new sport of football to his students in a bid at removing cultural prejudices towards the British.  While he encounters resistance from rigid teachers and parents, he is eventually able to win [... Read More]

Five children’s books by Bhutanese authors launched

A Bhutan Children’s Book Initiative to rehabilitate the fading pastime of reading  BCBI: Bhutan Children’s Book Initiative launched its first five books by Bhutanese authors yesterday in Thimphu. The books are a mix of folklores and fairy tales about animals, birds and children. The authors presented their books by mostly reading them. Karma D Tshering said Royal Society for Protection of Nature’s captive breeding of the endangered white bellied heron in Punakha inspired her story. “It was a compelling idea. It’s our attempt to tell [... Read More]

A longer wait for new lagthrams

Date of issue is as yet uncertain as endorsement of cadastral survey findings is ongoing NLC: The National Land Commission (NLC) will take more time to issue new lagthrams (land ownership certificates), as it is still in the process of verifying and validating the cadastral survey findings. The cadastral land resurvey was completed about two years ago.  The commission didn’t provide a definite time when they would start issuing the lagthrams. Following the national cadastral resurvey that started from 2008 until December 2012, new lagthrams [... Read More]

Picture story

The 5th SAARC Energy Ministers’ meeting was held in New Delhi, India from October 16-17. The progress of various activities in energy sector taken up since the last meeting in 2011 was reviewed and recommendations adopted. The SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy (Electricity) Cooperation, if endorsed by all member states would enable intra regional electricity trade. The framework could be endorsed during the upcoming SAARC summit next month in Nepal. Economic affairs secretary Dasho Sonam Tshering led the Bhutanese delegation.     

Artificial turf for Phuentsholing

PIC_0049Phuentsholing football ground today

A budget of Nu 26M has been committed from the SDP fund towards this  Sports: The wait for artificial turf on the Phuentsholing football ground is finally over, with the budget commitment made through the government of India’s (GoI) small development project (SDP) funding. Although the budget has not been released yet, Phuentsholing sports association (PSA) officials confirmed the budget approval, with the support of Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC).  In addition, a budget for construction of a multi-purpose hall for the public has also been [... Read More]

And then there were three …

Four of the seven held for the assault of a farmer have been cleared and released Battery: Four of the seven men arrested by Sarpang police in connection with the battery of a 53-year old farmer from Lhayul village in Chudzom gewog were released on October 10. Sarpang police said, the four, who are students, were released from custody, as they were found innocent during the investigation. In his statement to police, the victim said that he was just aware of the cook and his [... Read More]

Choejay Drimed Kuenden – A feast for the eyes


Review: An old dog can learn new tricks.  Gyem Dorji shows just how in his latest directorial offering, Choejay Drimed Kuenden.  Like a feast of traditional Bhutanese food, served in expensive, new china, and eaten with silver cutlery, the film is a mind-numbing extravaganza of the familiar melding with the strange but attractive new. Drawing on the ancient semi-religious namthar (epic biography) of Drimed Kuenden, the story unfolds before computer-generated backdrops of multi-hued luminosity typical of period films.  It does, however, get to a point [... Read More]

The gone away gungtongs – An issue that won’t go away

unnamed-26Abandoned: At least one house is being vacated every year in Lauri gewog

The fact that those who remain pick up the slack left by the absent is especially galling Doongmanma:  Villagers of Doongmanma chiwog in Lauri gewog want the government to either annul and take over gungtongs, or require at least one member of each gung to return and reside in the village. A gung is a household, while gungtongs are registered households left unoccupied for a certain period of time. With many choosing to migrate to urban areas to either find employment or stay with their [... Read More]

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