Friday, July 25th, 2014 - 9:37 AM

Nine departments sign performance agreements with agriculture ministry

IMG_9451Agriculture minister signs the compact

Signing: For sustainable and adequate access to food and natural resources, nine departments in the agriculture ministry, yesterday, signed performance agreements with their minister and secretary. With the signing, the departments are expected to work towards enhancing food and nutrition security, sustainable rural livelihood, conservation of plant and animal genetic resource and natural heritage sites and biodiversity resource management. The departments have laid down their key objectives, priorities, success indicators, and targets that they will meet by the financial year 2014-2015. The department of forests and [... Read More]

The State of the Nation

DSC_4806Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay

Bhutan should focus on the five jewels of Hydropower, Agriculture, Tourism, Small enterprises and Minerals to develop its economy Report: Eleven months after taking office, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday shared the report on the state of the nation to the people at the third parliament session. Although lyonchhoen presented the state of the nation in the Tsa-Wa Sum: King, Country and the People” chronology, like he did in his first, this time, some aspects of the report were also presented through the four pillars [... Read More]

PM declines revised salary

Report: Surprising parliamentarians and the people, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday refused to receive the revised salary, and announced that he would donate the additional Nu 50,000 from his revised monthly salary to charity. While presenting the State of the Nation report to Parliament, lyonchhoen said many people have criticised the salary for members of parliament and cabinet ministers. “I’ll not defend the increase or argue whether it’s too high or not,” lyonchhoen said. “However, on the prime minister’s (PM) salary, I also agree that [... Read More]

An eventful year ahead

A series of events are planned to celebrate His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 60th birth anniversary  2015: Next year would be an eventful year. The government has declared it as the National Reading Year, Visit Bhutan Year to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo besides hosting an international conference on Gross National Happiness. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, at the joint sitting yesterday, said the country would hold a yearlong national celebration to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of [... Read More]

Dry days – A rule observed mainly in the breach

A study of Thimphu licensed establishments finds them in violation of most regulations Alcohol: Almost 60 percent of the bars in Thimphu sell liquor on Tuesdays, a dry day, when sale of liquor is prohibited, despite owners being aware of it. This was one of the findings of the study on promotion of responsible alcohol sale service among licensed establishments, the mental health program and Royal Institute of Health Sciences conducted. The findings of the study titled, ‘Thimphu responsible alcohol service program’ was presented to the [... Read More]

One promise too many

The PM has conceded that the party pledge to do away with prelims cannot be met RCSC: Sonam Zangmo, 24, was not disappointed as much when she did not clear the preliminary exam last year.  The government’s pledge to lift it this year kept her hopes of becoming a civil servant alive. But the news yesterday from the prime minister, she said, made her feel deceived. “We were misled with unachievable promise,” she said. The prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, yesterday, while presenting the state of [... Read More]

Bhutan: 16th most peaceful country in the world

Jumped 91 places in two years on the index Ranking: Bhutan has been ranked the 16th most peaceful country in the world in the latest Global Peace Index (GPI), an improvement of 91 places since 2012. A total of 162 countries were ranked. The Institute for Economics and Peace, a global think tank attempting to build greater understanding of the relationship between economics, business, and peace produces the GPI. The GPI is collated and calculated by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The index gauges global peace [... Read More]

Picture story

His Holiness the Je Khenpo, who is presiding over the seven-day Moenlam Chhenmo (Great Prayer ceremony) in Haa, conferred ceremonial scarves to Khenpo Karma Rangdrol and Lopon Karma Gellay appointing them as the Lam Neten of Trashigang and Zhemgang Rabdey dratshangs respectively yesterday morning. Khenpo Karma Rangdrol is the principal of Kanglung Sheydra while Zhemgang’s new Lam Neten Karma Gellay was the teacher at Tali Zangdo Pelri Sheydra. Along with two Lam Netens, His Holiness also appointed Sey Tenzin Rabgay as the principal of Khabtey [... Read More]

Further delay in construction of staff residence at Rinchengang

IMG_2045Ongoing construction site at Rinchengang

Sponsored by PHPA I and started in May 2011, completion has been a long time coming Bajo: Construction of the health staff residence at Rinchengang in Wangduephodrang, taken up to facilitate service delivery to the burgeoning population, has been delayed again. Since work at the hydropower projects started, the number of patients visiting Bajo hospital increased from less than 60 a day to more than 350 a day. The Nu 170M, 69-unit staff residence will provide shelter to staff, most are who today reside in [... Read More]

Dealing with the absentee landlord problem

IMG_2763Discourse: Local leaders discuss gungtongs

A workshop for DT chairpersons is being held to thrash out the issue Gungtongs: With gungtong (empty households) a reality in most villages in the country, local leaders say it impedes tax collection and affects economic and developments activities of the communities. Gungtong is the registered household left unoccupied for a certain period of time. In a workshop which ended yesterday in Bumthang on implication of gugntongs on local governance and recommendations of policy and measures, the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) chairpersons attending workshop, said dealing [... Read More]

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