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More trouble brewing for ferrosilicon business

Besides power tariff hike, there’s stiffer competition and higher coal prices to contend with Industry: While the recent increase in the power tariff has affected ferrosilicon businesses in the southern belt of the country, there is bad news looming large, with new ferrosilicon developments in the region. By this fall, around 16 ferrosilicon plants will be up and running commercially in Malaysia.  The plants currently are into trial production. The general secretary with the Industries Association of Bhutan (IAB), Birkha Bdr Chhetri, said the plants [... Read More]

Social media posting sparks police investigation

Two men are being questioned in connection with an online accusation of land fraud  Land: Police in Wangduephodrang are interrogating two men from Gasey Tshogoam gewog in connection with an online accusation of the former land commission secretary for illegally grabbing land in Gaselo. According to sources, one of the two men allegedly acquired copies of land documents of the wife of the former land secretary and her relatives from the caretaker of the gewog office, while the other was suspected of posting the documents [... Read More]

A caretaker to the rescue

care-taker-teaching_nDawa Tshering

Lack of teachers helps one fulfill longstanding dream Education: Twenty-seven-year-old Dawa Tshering from Haa was 18 when he decided to quit school.  Laying aside his dream of becoming a teacher, Dawa stayed home to deal with the many “personal problems” he had to go through.  But he didn’t banish his dream, not one bit, from his mind.  He would be a lopen one day. Father of two, Dawa joined Rangtse primary school (RPS) in Haa as a caretaker in 2007 at a salary of Nu [... Read More]

Local leaders sound off against suppliers

Contracted agencies are usually remiss about carrying out their obligations, they say Tender: Disgruntled with the services provided in the past, local leaders in Trashigang are suggesting agencies winning annual and gewog tenders to establish offices within the dzongkhag. The difficulty while communicating with these supplying agencies, they said, has impeded development activities in gewogs and delayed services to villagers. “When tenders are awarded for a period of one year, we expect proper correspondence with the suppliers within the contract period,” Samkhar gup, Sonam Dorji [... Read More]

A sports meet for special children

IMG_1930Finishing line: Tandin Dorji of Changangkha school beats Bikash Mishra (2nd) and Yudu Raj in the 100-metre hand cycle race at the national sports competition for persons with disabilities yesterday

Occasion: They sang, danced, ran and jumped.  The 150 students with disabilities participated in the first national competition for children and youth with disabilities at the athletic ground in Thimphu. It was a fun day for the students, most of them not bothered about winning, as they enjoyed in the warm sun among friends and parents, who had come to support and cheer. Students competed in track and field events, jumps and hand cycle racing, sometimes running off track.  Four of them, two male and [... Read More]

Performance agreements are doable : PM

IMG_4990Prime minister Tshering Tobgay at the meet the press yesterday

Lyonchhoen says there is no compulsion on the gewogs to sign the compacts LG: Whether gewog leaders sign the performance agreements with their dzongkhags or not will make little or no difference to the central government. Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said, not all local governments have signed the contracts and they don’t have to. “There’s no compulsion on local leaders in the gewogs to sign the performance agreements,” lyonchhoen said yesterday at the meet the press session. “Whether the gewogs sign the agreements or not is [... Read More]

Govt. limited to dialogue in resolving abduction case

IMG_5002Curious: One day after the launch, Business Opportunity and information Centre is overwhelmed with people enquiring about the opportunities they provide.

Security: The families of the four people, who were kidnapped 22 days ago from Sarpang, received the latest call from the kidnappers on August 26. Home minister Damcho Dorji said the kidnappers have reduced their ransom by almost half their initial demand, but the amount, however, is much higher than what the families of the victims could afford to pay. “We hope that they’ll come to a compromise and that our people would be released safely,” lyonpo Damcho Dorji said at the meet the press [... Read More]

The civil service culling process begins

1,245 of the 2,892 graduates, who passed the prelims, will be whittled down to 436 BCSE: With the Bhutan civil service examination (BCSE) preliminary examination results out yesterday, of the 1,245 graduates who made through the exam, three will now vie for each job in the civil service. A total of 2,892 graduates had appeared the examination.  Of the 1,245 graduates, who made through, 491 are female.  An additional 51 MBBS and dental surgery graduates will also sit for the main examination that begins from [... Read More]

Govt. urged to finalise guidelines

Further delay, local leaders say, will compromise work quality and make deadlines untenable GDG: With the second financial year running into its third month, local leaders of Wangduephodrang met with dzongkhag officials on Monday and requested the government, through the officials, to finalise the guidelines, without which the Nu 2M budget can’t be released. Dangchu gup Sonam Dorji said further delay would cause delay work completion and also result in compromising work quality. Sonam Dorji said, unlike other budgets, work under CDG has to be [... Read More]

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