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World cup fever: Football fans watch Germany vs France game yesterday on the giant screen set up at Changlimithang, Thimphu    

On the coat-tails of the civil service

Expectations are high, as usual in the wake, of a corporate employee pay hike next Salary: Following the civil servants’ salary raise, the board of various companies under Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), will now study the possibility of a pay raise for its employees, in the next six months. DHI chairman Dasho Sangay Khandu said the directors would be taking up the same task as the Pay Commission did to come up with civil servants’ pay raise. However, he expressed concerns over the trend [... Read More]

Job not done: Dremetse villagers

renovation-work-not-completedNot a done deal: Renovation works are left incomplete in Dremetse

RWSS: With handing and taking over done, the Rural Water Supply Scheme (RWSS) work for Bikhar and Wungkhar under Dremetse, Mongar is a done deal.  Villagers, however, say  it is far from over. The communities on questioning about it were informed that works were completed and no budget was left. Gewog officials had done handing and taking over of the RWSS work. “Without any notice to the villagers gewog officials considered all works done,” a villager said. Villager said water taps were missing, and shutter [... Read More]

Setting up a facility to ease commercial borrowing

A DHI study on the non-banking financial institution has been submitted to RMA for approval NBFI: The private sector may soon have a better commercial borrowing option in the form of external funding, if what Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) is working to bring about comes through. DHI is currently studying the possibility of establishing a non-banking financial institution (NBFI) in the country, which, if feasible, will expand borrowing options for both DHI companies and the private sector. At the DHI annual press conference yesterday, [... Read More]

His Majesty awards patang and kabney

IMG_1781Lam Choechong

Conference:  His Majesty the King awarded patang and white kabney without fringes to Lam Choechong, director for postgraduate diploma in law, Royal Institute of Management, yesterday at the 21st judiciary conference in the capital. Lam Choechong, 66, has trained many judges and judiciary officials in national law. Meanwhile the judiciary, after two days conference, resolved to enhance judiciary independence consistently with the Constitution and commitment to the Rule of Law. The judiciary will also be independent by following the due process of law and be [... Read More]

DHI to acquire four more corporations

These companies (BDB, BPCL, WCC and FCB) are to expect major changes in their modus operandi SOE: Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) will take over four more state-owned enterprises (SOE) under its wing in a few months time. Bhutan Development Bank worth Nu 287M, Bhutan Postal corporation limited worth Nu 23.6M, Wood Craft Centre worth Nu 98.82M and Food corporation of Bhutan valued at Nu 15M are the four corporations.  Except for the bank, the rest are fully state-owned enterprises. The government’s investment arm has [... Read More]

Japanese assistance in rural electrification and power service delivery

Photo2_Fault-Locating-by-T2LUPINLinesmen tries to locate fault (Photo: Kuri Orui, JICA expert)

JICA: Dagana residents were frustrated when the usual erratic power supply caused a total blackout on the night of June 30, depriving the residents of their opportunity to watch a World Cup match. While many called Bhutan Power corporation officials, complaining of the blackout, some even chose to pour out their frustrations on social websites, calling the BPC officials and their services useless. The problem, BPC officials in Thimphu said, was caused, as the 33KV line that transmits electricity from Dajay in Tsirang to Dagana [... Read More]

Domiciles at the mercy of the monsoon

IMG_1730The slum

A slum on the hill across the ministers’ enclave provides an eye-opener on a co-existence Lifestyle: Dark clouds are rolling in the sky.  From the blue mountains to the south, rain is coming, ominous grey. On the hillside opposite the ministers’ enclave in lower Motithang in Thimphu, people are readying for a challenge that is looming.  For the people here, rain will not bring freshness and life but trouble.  Here, rain is not welcome. But welcome or no, the rain is here.  The narrow pathways [... Read More]

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Bhutan’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, Pema Choden, presented credentials to the Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the presidential secretariat in Colombo on July 1. During the courtesy call, establishment of air connectivity between the two countries were discussed to further promote interaction. Diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Sri Lanka began in 1987.   

Rain blocks drains, floods showroom

DSC_6428Deep in water: Rescue team personnel remove furniture from the flooded basement yesterday

Incessant rain and blocked drains damage properties Monsoon: Over three million ngultrums worth of furniture was damaged when a showroom near DNP office at Phendey Lam, Thimphu was flooded following a heavy downpour yesterday. In about 15 minutes the showroom, located at the basement of the new Youth Development Fund, (YDF), was submerged by water overflowing from a blocked drain nearby. Showroom owner, Prahlad Gurung, who is a sub-dealer of Bhutan Board Products ltd, said he informed YDF as soon as water started entering the [... Read More]

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