Friday, August 1st, 2014 - 5:39 AM

Grey areas in housing allowance for civil servants

NHDC: For about 2,000 civil servants living in National Housing Development Corporation’s (NHDC) colonies, the rent will be credited directly to the corporation, and not into their personal bank accounts. NHDC’s managing director, Ugyen Chewang, said tenants from the civil service include those in the executive levels to those in the elementary and general support personnel levels. The rents of NHDC houses vary from about Nu 2,200 to around Nu 17,000. “The housing rent allowance (HRA) of the civil servants would be directly paid to [... Read More]

3 men arrested for chorten vandalism

Crime: The Wangdue police in a joint operation with Trongsa police arrested three men for vandalising four chortens in Sephu and Tangsibji, Trongsa on July 25. The three men were arrested from different places following tip-off from informers. A 30-year-old man was arrested from a village in Sephu, 25-year-old from Sha Rabuna, and 23-year-old from Gaywnag in Tangsibji. Police said they recovered three dzees (cat’s eye) and 20 red corals from the 23-year-old man, who was incharge of hiding stolen items. While the 30-year-old man [... Read More]

OD exercise leaves CNR graduates at a loose end

Forestry, agriculture and animal husbandry diploma holders are out on a limb due to freeze on decentralised employment RCSC: Ten diploma graduates of the college of natural resources (CNR), Lobesa, on behalf of 74 graduates, appealed to the minister for agriculture and forests yesterday to consider employing them soon. Unlike in the past, the applicants, unlike past graduates, were not employed on completion of the two-year diploma courses in fields of agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry.  They graduated on June 28. One of the graduates, [... Read More]

DT wants MoIC to expedite Yonphula airport work

ImageYongphula airport runway

Tshogdu: Concerned over the prolonged suspension of Yonphula domestic airport, Trashigang dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) decided to write to the ministry of information and communications to begin runway-restoration activities at the earliest. Local leaders said the department of civil aviation (DCA) was taking too long a time to carry out the work. Samkhar gup, Sonam Dorji, said the flight services have not resumed, nor has any maintenance work started.  This, he said, was affecting the growth of tourism industry not only in Trashigang but the whole [... Read More]

Wholesome Gakidling Primary School

DSC01282Students doing their bit in the field on a sunny day

Truly an institute with a difference given its wide-ranging, community based curriculum Education: It is Sunday, July 27.  For some 30 students of Gakidling Primary School (GPS) in Gong, Sarpang, however, this day is no day for respite. Knee-deep in slushy mud of the one-and-half acre field below the school, the students, with 20 people from the locality and eight teachers, are busy planting paddy saplings. For about nine years or more, this now wet and soft acreage had been left fallow.  The school’s teachers [... Read More]

Tashi Air’s second airbus arrives tomorrow

Aviation: Tashi Air (Bhutan Airlines) will bring in its second aircraft, tomorrow. The private airline has leased one more Airbus A319 for a period of two years from SMBC Aviation Capital.  It will now be operating two aircraft internationally.  Its first aircraft has also been leased from the same company. The aircraft will allow it to operate scheduled operations between Paro and New Delhi, from October. The airline recently flew an inaugural flight from New Delhi to Paro on July 24. Tashi Air will be [... Read More]

One dies of mushroom poisoning, three survive

Phobjikha: A 50-year-old woman died from mushroom poisoning at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital yesterday. Three others, her husband, the caretaker of Phobjikha BHU, and his 15-year-old son, who were also admitted at Bajo hospital for mushroom poisoning, survived and were discharged from the hospital yesterday. The deceased was referred to Thimphu on July 27 from Bajo hospital.  The incident happened at Phobjikha BHU on July 26, where the deceased’s husband works as a cook. Thimphu emergency physician, Sona Pradhan, said although the [... Read More]

5 Jaiprakash employees arrested

Crime: Wangdue police arrested four Indian and a Bhutanese working for Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. on July 5 in connection with stealing of fuel and company materials. The four Indian who worked as drivers with the Jay Pee Associates at Punatsangchu hydropower project authority (PHPA) were arrested for selling diesel to a 26-year-old Bhutanese national, also a driver with the associates. Police has discovered 425 litres of diesel from the man’s house and his maruti van. They were arrested following a tip-off from an informer. The [... Read More]

Preliminary tiger survey results next month

Wildlife: The wildlife conservation division, which began conducting the first nationwide tiger survey since February this year, will release the preliminary report from the southern region on August 14, according to forest officials. The world observes international tiger day today. Agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji, in his message on the day, said the survey results would provide important information on the population density of tigers, their distribution pattern and habitat status in the country. “Local people’s perception and knowledge of tigers, which are considered useful for [... Read More]

Nima Construction challenges ACC’s suspension order

The firm has submitted a petition to the High Court for an injunction Judiciary: Nima Construction has challenged the Anti Corruption Commission’s (ACC) decision to suspend its contract license for two years as “arbitrary and unconstitutional.” The contract firm, earlier this month, filed a petition with the High Court to issue a stay order against the license suspension order issued on June 23 by the Construction Development Board (CDB) of Works and Human Settlement Ministry under ACC’s directives. Nima construction’s contract license was suspended in [... Read More]

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