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The vexed issue of the Swiss seed fund

DoIM and private media houses are at odds on how and when to divide up the pie Media: A proposal from private media houses to make Nu 36M available to them from a Nu 75M Swiss agency for development cooperation (SDC) fund to foster media pluralism has not been accepted by the department of information and media (DoIM), at least until a feasibility study is completed. SDC is providing Nu 75.8M to the government to be used for media development.  The fund is a part [... Read More]

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A total of 104 students from five schools in Phuentsholing completed a 10-day badminton coaching Phuentsholing Sports Association conducted. It was a part of winter coaching camp, which included other games like volleyball and football. The students were aged between eight and 12 years.  

Foreign workers need not route through agents

The decision was reached based on feedback and public opinion that were against the existing process MoL: Starting February 1, employers and contractors will no longer have to route through Foreign Workers’ Recruitment Agents (FWRA) to bring in foreign workers. Labour ministry officials said the decision was taken based on feedback and public opinion on the mode of recruiting foreign workers. This means, all eight categories of foreign workers will not be required to come through the recruitment agents.  They are concrete workers, carpenters, masons, [... Read More]

Issues still to be sorted out before issuance

Lagthram: The National Land Commission (NLC) has thrown the ball in the thromde’s court the issue of new lagthrams (ownership certificates), which landowners said was delayed for years. “It will take some time before the lagthrams can be issued,” land secretary Dasho Sangay Khandu said, adding although the national cadastral resurvey was theoretically completed, there were issues Thimphu thromde and land commission had to sort out.  “Only after resolving these issues will we be releasing the new lagthrams.” Without the lagthrams, landowners said all land [... Read More]

2013 saw a drop in road accidents

However, police are concerned at the human error that is their leading cause Traffic: Even as motor vehicle crashes across the country recorded a drop, human error is still the leading cause of road mishaps every year, say traffic police. Last year 1,023 accidents were recorded, in which 59 died and 601 were injured, records with the traffic division of the royal Bhutan police show.  Of the total, more than 70 percent, or 741 crashes, were recorded in the capital alone. Human error, according to [... Read More]

Student loan scheme – Much sought after but too select

Terms of repayment are user-friendlier than the other less exclusive education loan NPPF: The national pension and provident fund’s (NPPF) student loan is popular, yet without many takers. Around three to four clients visit the NPPF student loan officer every day, but since new requirements, which are more stringent, were put in place a few months after the scheme was launched October 2011, it has displaced many parents and students from being eligible to avail the loan. Applicants are required to produce collateral, whose value [... Read More]

Indian standards bureau team begins inspection

IMG_6986The Dungsam cement plant in Nganglam

Cement can be exported once the collected samples pass the lab test and a license is given Dungsam: An official from the bureau of Indian standards (BIS) has begun inspecting and collecting samples from the manufacturing and testing facilities of Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited (DCCL) since January 8. The samples from DCCL will be packed for lab tests to an undisclosed lab in India.  DCCL, which entered its commercial phase since January 1, can export its cement only if samples collected by the BIS team [... Read More]

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His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen at the Mughal Garden of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Following a successful royal visit to India, Their Majesties will arrive in the country today  

Old town, ageing buildings

IMG_20131206_104211One of the buildings undergoing maintenance work in Samdrupjongkhar town

The thromde recently carried out a detailed survey of the structures under LAP 1 Structure: Weatherbeaten buildings without roofing, faded walls with plants growing out of them, rusty window panes and pothole-ridden roads are some infrastructural flaws crying out for major renovation work in most streets of core Samdrupjongkhar town. Having stood their shelf life, almost every building has undergone several minor maintenances over the years, but, still, water leakage is a perennial problem for the tenants. The thromde, with the help of nine on-the-job [... Read More]

Lauri seeks bifurcation

Separate gewog status entails future road connection and power supply SJ/DT: A contentious issue deliberated on at the recent Samdrupjongkhar dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) was the bifurcation of Lauri into two different gewogs. If the gewog consisting of 563 households and 18 villages is bifurcated, then those villages without proper road and no electricity would gain access to these facilities, Lauri gup, Pema Dendup explained. In 2011, Samdrupjongkhar MP, Jigme Wangchuk, had also raised in the summer parliament that Zangthay and Dungmanma villages should be moved [... Read More]