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Czech delegation in Bhutan

PM-meets-H.E.-MrCzech Republic express interest in hydropower and aviation

Visit: Small-scale hydropower and civil aviation are the top priority in strengthening bilateral relations between the government and the government of Czech Republic. To explore avenues for economic cooperation, developmental aid and cultural exchange, among others, a Czech Republic delegation, led by the deputy foreign minister, Tomas Dub, is in the country on a five–day visit. At a press conference last evening, members of the delegation said Czech companies are seriously considering investment in the fields of hydropower, renewable energy and civil aviation. The deputy [... Read More]

Learning woodcraft and upholstery

IMG_8452Participants are introduced to a woodwork

DCSI: University graduates, owners and employees of tailoring, automobile, furniture units and interested individuals from eight dzongkhags are being taught woodwork and upholstery. Carpet lining, cushioning bed covers, quilts, pillows, window curtain lining and joinery embroidery were some of the skills taught for a month starting February 10. Officials with the Wood Craft Centre limited in Thimphu said the training was expected to improve the quality of such services in the country. “Such trainings are small but contribute to employment in the country,” chief executive [... Read More]

Class X results declared

Scoring 92.40 percent each, Tandin Wangmo from Lungtenzampa MSS, Thimphu and Tashi Wangchuk from Bartsham MSS in Trashigang topped the Bhutan Certificate Of Secondary Education (BCSE – Class X) 2013, the Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment (BCSEA) declared today. Motithang HSS’s Deki Tshomo Rinzin scored 92 percent to bag the second position while Mani Kumar Chhetri from Peljorling HSS in Samtse stood third with a score of 91.80 percent. A total of 10,659 students appeared the examination in December last year.  The cut [... Read More]

Pay commission’s report only next month

Salary: While many were eagerly waiting to learn the Pay Commission’s findings on salary revisions, which the finance minister was supposed to present to the National Assembly tomorrow, the suspense will apparently drag on for another month. The Pay Commission sought a one-month extension to complete and present its report, which the government approved on February 10. This means the commission will now submit its report to the government on March 12. “We couldn’t finish working on our report, so we requested the government for [... Read More]

How much capital budget was released

Assembly: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, responding to concerns the opposition members raised, yesterday presented the budget released till December 2013 for the first fiscal, after it was approved in September last year. The opposition members said that, while the government claimed budget for capital works, amounting to Nu 5,860M, was released in December, work in the dzongkhags could not continue for lack of budget. Lyonchhoen said, although the government was unable to release money to each and every agency as yet, his government has performed [... Read More]

Picture story

Dechenphodrang monks help fight fire that destroyed about three acres of forest below Dechenphodrang monastery in Thimphu yesterday afternoon. An electric short circuit was suspected to have sparked the fire. By evening, foresters, police, RBG soldiers together with monks of the monastic school contained the fire. &nbs;

Second witness in gecko case heard

Update: The second witness in the tokey gecko case, a former Gelephu dungkhag administrative assistant, informed the court the recording he submitted as evidence was one he had recorded. The hearing was conducted at the Gelephu dungkhag court yesterday. “I don’t have any personal issues with any of the people involved in the case,” he said at the court. “I submitted the recordings because it was against the country’s law, about which I was concerned.” The witness said he had informed forest officials of the [... Read More]

Restrictions do nothing for current account deficits

Constraints notwithstanding, imports increased by 11 percent while exports dropped by 0.1 percent  RMA: The central bank’s restrictions since March 2012 have failed to serve its purpose of correcting deficits in the economy’s current account. Current account records transactions in the form of import and export of goods and services.  A country is said to be in a current account deficit, when the imports of goods and services are more than its exports. Initially, when the restrictions were put in place, it was expected to [... Read More]

Religious tshogpa frowns on NC move to lift ban

Its members feel that, in order to save some law-breakers, children are being put at risk  Tobacco: While the Tobacco Control Act awaits deliberation at the National Assembly (NA) this summer, a religious tshogpa in Paro feels assembly members should disapprove the amendments National Council (NC) endorsed this session. The NC recently resolved to life the ban on the import and sale of tobacco in the country. Members of the tshogpa, most of them elderly, from 13 dzongkhags, who gather for spiritual sessions on all [... Read More]

NC to amend election Act

Deliberations will cover corruption-prone, loose segments of the act in the next session Council: Identifying loopholes in the election Act that may brew corruption, the National Council yesterday resolved to review and amend it in the next session. The chair of the good governance committee, Tashi Wangmo, while presenting the resolution, said the committee found the current system of monitoring party fund not vigilant enough to detect illegal source of funding. She also said penalties stated in the rules and regulations for dispute settlement bodies [... Read More]