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“OAG is, by nature, the legal pulse of the ongoing government”: AG

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After serving in the judiciary for 17 years, former judge Shera Lhendup resigned in 2009 and started a private law firm.  On May 22, he was appointed as the new Attorney General.  He shares his views on the appointment and responsibility with Kuensel’s Sonam Pelden. Excerpts How did you take the announcement of your appointment? It’s not so much of a surprise because there have been rumours for a long time. Yet being entrusted, I am most honoured and what has come as a bit [... Read More]

Dam blasting exonerated of damage to dzongs blame

IMG_5576An overview of Trongsa dzong

After the installation of a vibration-monitoring device, complaints have even dried up MHPA: Almost two years after the installation of a vibration-monitoring device, no recent damage has been reported on the Choetse dzong and Ta dzong from blasting at the Mangdechu hydropower project dam site. Earlier, the site located 1.6km from the town had allegedly caused damage to the historical monuments and residential building structures. “Neither the dzongkhag officials nor residents complained of damages on the structures since the vibration-monitoring device was installed at the [... Read More]

Is the sale of expired goods in Trashigang still common?

mmexport1432695553801Trashigang residents accuse retailers of selling expired goods

The practice is widespread in villages, where most items are way past their sell by dates Commerce: Although the practice has declined, retail and wholesale shops in Trashigang still sell expired goods, residents say. Records maintained with the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) show that most of the seized goods from various shops and hotels around Trashigang are soft drinks like Pepsi, Coca cola and Sprite. Other food items like biscuits, lentils, rice and noodles were also seized in the past seven months. [... Read More]

12th National Job Fair outsourced to private sector agency

DSC_1274Jobseekers at the YDF hall in Thimphu

Bhutan Jobs, the event organiser, is the first ever in-country employment agent Employment: At the 12th National Job Fair in Thimphu yesterday, the Labour Minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo, said that overall unemployment rate in the country had decreased from 2.9 percent in 2013 to 2.6 percent in 2014. Speaking to over 3000 jobseekers at the Youth Development Fund’s multi-purpose hall, the minister said that the youth unemployment has also dropped from 9.6 percent in 2013 to 9.4 percent in 2014. Sonam Dema, communication officer with [... Read More]

Night duty allowance for nurses

Given the high attrition rate in the profession, there’s a need for an incentive Nursing: To retain and make an enabling environment for nurses in the country, the government will explore possibilities of providing nurses with night duty allowances, the prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, said during the question hour session of the National Assembly yesterday. Lyonchoen was responding to Panbang member of parliament (MP) Dorji Wangdi’s query on behalf of the health minister.

Lagthram issue thaws development freeze

IMG_8739With the finalisation of the local area plan, Samdrupjongkhar can expect a boom in developmental activities

This means that house constructions, inter alia, can take off after a long dormant spell Construction: Developmental activities in six constituencies of Samgdrupjongkhar thromde can start with 200 lagthrams (landownership certificate) issued recently. This means the local area plan (LAP) that had been dormant since 2011 will see construction of houses and other amenities.  The LAP could not be finalised without the approval of landownership from the National Land Commission, which affected the implementation of developmental activities designed under the LAPs, urban planner Sonam Tashi [... Read More]

Minister quizzed on east-west highway issues

Assembly: Works and human settlement minister Dorji Choden informed National Assembly members that, of the total of 49 households on the Semtokha-Dochula stretch that were affected while widening the road, 47 were provided cash compensation for land, and two were to be given land substitute. Nubi-Tangsibji MP Nidup Zangpo asked what kind of modalities there were to pay compensations for land lost to the northern east-west highway construction.

Cordycep collection continues to tangle boundary issues

IMG_0224-(1)A highlander scans the ground for the fungus

Cordyceps: A week ago, Dangchu gewog in Wangdue issued cordyceps collection permits to 250 people. Before the permits were issued, local leaders thoroughly briefed the collectors on the rules and regulations regarding collection, and on how not to encroach on other gewog and district areas. Such briefings were given, following last year’s experience, where more than 100 people from Dangchu were found collecting in Lunana.  Wangdue district officials and foresters had to call them back, and local leaders were blamed for allowing the encroachment to [... Read More]

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Indian ambassador to Bhutan Gautam Bambawale handed over a cheque of Nu 1.756 billion as excise duty refund for the year 2013, to finance minister Namgay Dorji yesterday    

Valuing Bhutan’s natural capital

group-photo1Participants of the InVEST workshop in Paro

Resource: To educate people on the importance of valuing natural resources and tap into its capital, a four-day training on “Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach and InVEST” (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) concluded in Paro yesterday. A team of Bhutanese professionals attended the training to build their capacity on valuation of ecosystem services. According to a press release, InVEST will enable Bhutan to value ecosystem services such as water quality and yield, timber production, habitat quality among others, which will put [... Read More]

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