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Japan to help fund next GNH survey

JICA: The next Gross National Happiness (GNH) survey to be conducted later this year will be supported by Japan. The Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH research (CBS) will receive a little more than Nu 20M through the Japan international cooperation agency (JICA). The remaining requirement of Nu 5M will be borne by the government. The Japanese assistance was announced by JICA president, Akihiko Tanaka, during his visit to Thimphu, earlier this month. In his address at an event to mark 50 years of cooperation [... Read More]

The neighbourhood node – An idea whose time has come and gone

Part of Thimphu’s long-term plan, with a view to relieve congestion in the inner city Thromde: Not long ago, Thimphu had a grand vision. The vision was in the form of a structural plan that encompassed development for capital city up to 2027.  But more than a decade after the grand plan was finalised, the thromde is yet to implement most of the plans. A notable plan among them was the neighbourhood nodes, a self contained neighbourhood with good transport networks, workshops, car-parks, schools, community [... Read More]

Guaranteed employment program launched

DSC_5699Launch: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay looks on as a company representative signs a contract with the labour ministry to provide employment under the GEP

This includes direct employment scheme, overseas employment program and employment skills component Jobs: The government will spend around Nu 3.19M every month for about two years to employ 665 youth under the first batch of direct employment scheme (DES) of the guaranteed employment program (GEP). Labour ministry officials made the announcement yesterday at the launch of the GEP.  So far, 76 companies have floated vacancies. Of the total, 407 jobs will be offered to class X graduates and 140 slots to university graduates.  The remaining [... Read More]

Rural tax collection form impractical

IMG_2843Bulky and inconvenient: The form in use today

DT chairpersons advise an updated version plus an online one Meeting: Local leaders at the recently concluded dzongkhag tshogdu chairpersons’ meeting in Bumthang called to revamp the assessment form for rural tax collection. They also called to introduce a computerised or an online version for the convenience of both taxpayers and gewogs. The existing form is around one metre long, almost the length of two A3 size papers, with a width equal to the length of an A4 size paper, with spaces for names of [... Read More]

Picture story

Bank of Bhutan’s (BoB) Chief Executive Officer Pema Nadik hands over a sample of the 150 raincoats the bank donated to the traffic police division yesterday. BoB’s contribution is expected to help the working condition of traffic police personnels during monsoon.    

Half of grant goes into gonpa hostel construction

Dedulphodrang: Monks of Dedulphodrang gonpa in Norbugang gewog, Pemagatshel are excited to move into the soon-to-be-completed new hostel. The hostel is being constructed with the gewog development grant (GDG). The gewog allocated Nu 1M to gonpa from the total GDG of Nu 2M.  The three teachers and the khenpo of the gonpa were facing difficulties over funds to construct a hostel for the monks. The gonpa has more than 30 monks, who live in the six units of a one-storey house.  The house was built [... Read More]

Overseas employment program slows down

Agencies cite work visas, setting up shop and marketing as major hurdles to cross Jobs: Considering the current trend, the government’s program of sending Bhutanese jobseekers overseas for employment opportunities has slowed down. Three of the four overseas employment agencies the labour ministry has recognised have not been able to send any Bhutanese jobseeker to work overseas. The proprietor with the Druk Metser Ter (DMT), one of the agencies, Palden Tshering, cited availing work visas as the major challenge that caused his agency not being [... Read More]

Hashang chham – Only at the Lhuentse tshechu

during-the-lhuentse-dzong-trashi-ngasoel-ceremony-few--months-agoHashang chham during the Lhuentse Dzong’s trashi ngasoel ceremony

Harking from Tawoosing goenpa, the dance has been appropriated for its survival Culture: Costumes are all bright, and the masks the dancers wear are not the masks normally seen during a tshechu.  They are young, beautiful and elegant.  Of all the dancers, the man in the middle is graceful, and the moves he makes are excessively funny, you could be rolling on the floor. The thing is, the mask he wears is that of an old man, but he is never tired.  Lhatrus (young sons [... Read More]

System loth to act against corruption : ACC

DSC_5629Dasho Neten Zangmo

Corrupt officials get a rap on the knuckles then get kicked upstairs NIACS: Bhutan may have dropped two places on the 2013 Global Corruption Index, indicating that corruption is decreasing in the country, but the reality is different. At the launch of the national integrity and anti-corruption strategy (NIACS) 2014-18, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) chairperson Dasho Neten Zangmo said electoral, political and policy corruption is becoming imminent. Sharing a few anecdotes, Dasho Neten Zangmo said some public servants, who have failed to perform professionally, allowing [... Read More]

INR reserve to drop with vehicle ban lift

Rupee: The Indian rupee (INR) reserve, which improved marginally to about Rs 10B as of May this year, will most likely decline with the import ban on vehicles being lifted from July. This would further amplify the current account deficit, which stands at about Nu 24B. An economy is said to be running a current account deficit, if its total consumption, imports, investment and government spending is more than it produces. “Lifting the import ban would certainly burden the foreign currency reserve, including the INR,” finance [... Read More]

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