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Need for fuel depot

DSC_6091Jomotsangkha town

Residents of Jomotsangkha, a growing town, are paying exorbitant prices for fuels Service: Jomotsangkha dungkhag may be bordering Assam, the oil rich Indian state, but its fuel prices are still the highest in the region. This is because in the absence of a fuel distributor, residents buy fuel transported in barrels and drums from Samdrupjongkhar. Petrol costs Nu 85 a litre compared with Nu 58.6 in Samdrupjongkhar and diesel Nu 65, Nu 10 more. Fuel is cheaper in the nearest fuel station in the Indian [... Read More]

Community chips in to build a home

20150503_115700Help: Volunteers in action

Charity: 54-year old Gumandoj Subba and his family (wife and two children) from Sunkosh Gaon in Tsirang have been living in a makeshift house for last five years.  Very soon, however, they will get a new and stronger house. Rangthaling gewog is seeking help from a businessman in Tsirang.  The office of Bhutan National Bank and gewog officials have amassed some donations to construct a single-storey house for Gumandoj and his family. The gewog officials have asked people in Sunkosh to voluntarily contribute labour for [... Read More]

Football budget to be discussed in the upcoming Parliament

DSC_8987Football has benefited tourism: PM

Football: The budget proposed by the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) to the government to fund the second round of the FIFA World Cup qualification matches will be discussed during the upcoming Parliament session, said the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. The national team will have to travel to China, Hong Kong, Maldives and Qatar for away leg of the competition and host the four countries at Changlimithang starting June 11. During a meet-the-press session yesterday, the Prime Minister said that the government has drafted a budget [... Read More]

Leasing of tsamdro and sokshing started

Land: Much to the relief of highlanders and those who depend on livestock, the agriculture ministry has started leasing tsamdros (pastureland) and sokshings (leaf litter collection). At the 16th meet the press session yesterday, agriculture minister, Yeshey Dorji, said that the lease implementation is currently being carried out in Punakha dzongkhag.

Two detained for forging tourist visa

The pair comprises a tour operator and an official from the economic affairs ministry Crime: A tour operator and an official from the economic affairs ministry have been detained by Paro police since May 5 in connection with forged visas of 19 Thai visitors, who travelled in a group of 28. As part of a group, 28 tourists arrived at Paro international airport on May 4 morning from Bangkok, during which immigration officials found that 19 visas were forged.  Sources said the remaining nine tourists [... Read More]

Taking civil service from ‘good to great’

Recommendation from the organisation development exercise will help achieve it RCSC: Towards the end of this year, the reformed civil service will begin taking shape.  The Royal Civil Service Commission is almost done with the organisational development (OD) exercise and has come up with a large list of recommendations. As the recommendations will be implemented in another one year, it is expected to take the civil service that has reached a minimum standard now to another level.  The civil service reform was required to take [... Read More]

Picture story

Bhutan4Nepal: Students and staff of Sersang Primary School and Sersang Playgroup in Thimphu donate 130 blankets, 270 children’s jackets and 76 pairs of trousers for children in Nepal affected by the recent earthquake     

Community centres handed over to BDB

IMG_20150506_102501Bhutan Post CEO Karma Wangdi and Bhutan Development Bank MD Pema Tshering finalise the transfer

Management: In a move that will make banking services available in all gewogs, the operation and management of community centres (CCs) was officially handed over to the Bhutan Development Bank (BDB), yesterday. While the bank already took over management of CCs from Bhutan Post in March, the transfer had not yet been finalised. The government decided to transfer management of CCs to the development bank to increase the utility of the centres as financial services would be included alongside public services like G2C (government to [... Read More]

Traditional medicine’s Thai tie-up

DSC_8948DTMS’s director general Dorjee Tshering and MFU president Vanchai Sirichana at the MoU signing yesterday

MoU: To help strengthen traditional medicine services in the country, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between department of traditional medicine service of the health ministry and Thailand’s Mae Fah Luang University (MFU) yesterday. With the signing, the university is expected to help in consultation and support research and development of Bhutanese natural resources into cosmetic products, using appropriate and friendly environment and sustainable methods. Three batches of two officials each from the health ministry will receive trainings on developing cosmetic products at the [... Read More]

Priority: Archery range or economic activity?

IMG_2957The archery range in question

Trongsaps question their DT decision to improve bacho for Nu 2.8 million Planning: In what is a case of misplaced priority, villagers in Trongsa are disapproving their dzongkhag tshogdu’s decision to invest Nu 2.8 million in improving the dzongkhag’s archery range. The fund is from the Nu 200 million the Mangdechu Hydropower Project (MHPA) committed from its environment management plan (EMP). The dzongkhag’s overall allocation of Nu 200 million to 27 activities, allegedly without even informing the grassroots is also heavily criticised. MHPA left the [... Read More]

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