Monday, April 21st, 2014 - 4:16 AM

Unemployment benefit scheme to cost govt. Nu 3B

Jobs: The government will not be able to introduce the unemployment benefit scheme for youth as pledged, said labour ministry officials.

The scheme is estimated to cost the government about Nu 3.08B during the 11th Plan.

Under the unemployment benefit scheme, the government promised to provide cash incentives to the deserving unemployed youth until they get employed.

Labour secretary Pema Wangda said the expense was calculated taking the national poverty line of Nu 1,704.84 as the [... Read More]

Rehabilitating Radhi’s wetland

IMG_8772Villagers of Khudhumpang constructs a causeway to protect their fields

Flood: When the Gamri watershed project was planned in northern Trashigang in 2008, four gewogs including Radhi was declared as falling under critical watershed.

Watershed specialists from SNV warned farmers and planners to limit construction activities to avert major land degradation in the area.

Six years later, Radhi is in the midst of initiating  rehabilitation works for wetland conservation. A flashflood hit Dekiling village in August 2010. A similar flood hit  Khudhumpang in 2013. There [... Read More]

Farmers complain about dust from project

IMG_1321The sprinkler Samcholing residents allege of being stationed in Langthel

Hydropower: Big projects come to rural pockets of the country as a boon. But they are also the bane.

Farmers in Samcholing village, Tronga, have stories to tell, of a big project and the repercussions they bring, particularly dust problem.

Farmer Wangdi’s cattle refused to graze in the entire village because the leaves and grass are spoilt by the dust from Mangdechhu project.

The 61-year-old farmer blamed the project for it all.  Heavy project vehicles ply [... Read More]

Dungsam bonds attract individuals

DDCL: There is an overwhelming response from individuals in the Dungsam Cement Corporation’s bond that was recently floated to the public.

Going by the trend, it is likely to be oversubscribed by a huge margin.

Barely two weeks since it opened, its broker, the Bhutan National Bank Securities Limited is receiving around 10 to 15 enquiries from individuals’ everyday.

BNB’s broker Deki Peldon said, in the past, usually, individuals weren’t so keen on investing in bonds [... Read More]

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Festival of colours: DANTAK officials in Semtokha celebrates Holi yesterday. Holi is a festival celebrating the advent of spring that symbolises rejuvenation and new beginnings.











Evicting illegal occupants of Bajo vegetable market

IMG_0393The sheds in question

Despite several notifications, the occupants refuse to budge

Municipality: None of the 28 vegetable vendors below Bajo town have dismantled the temporary sheds that they are occupying illegally despite March 16 being the last date to do so.

Wangdue municipal officials said the vendors, who have occupied the shed since 2012, were last notified on March 6. But they had requested the municipal office to reconsider their decision and let them stay.

The municipal, however, denied [... Read More]

Tunnel survey between Thimphu and Wangdue resumes


Transport: The aerial feasibility survey of the 10.5km proposed tunnel between Thimphu and Wangduephodrang began today.

A team of experts conducted a test flight yesterday to calibrate the equipment.

Dowchu Drukpa, head of seismology and geophysics division, said there is a change in survey plan.

“Now the survey will be conducted parallel and not perpendicular to the line between starting and end points of the tunnel,” he said.

SkyTEM, a Danish consultancy firm specialising in geophysics surveys, [... Read More]

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About 35 kiras were stolen from a handicraft shop in Craft Bazaar, Thimphu on the night of March 16, making it the fourth burglary case in the area this year.

The shop lost 28 sesho (silk) kiras of prices ranging from Nu 10,000 to 28,000, five plain kiras costing Nu 1,700 each and two new design kiras costing Nu 2,000 each.

The shopkeeper, who learnt [... Read More]

Biometric registration system at airport backfires

PIA-2014-2Not happy: Foreigners arriving at the Paro airport complained of the long wait

System suspended until space is made available

Immigration: The biometric registration system set up at the Paro international airport for foreigners was suspended four days after it was introduced.

The system, introduced on March 12, led to immigration formalities taking longer with some passengers having to wait in the queue for more than an hour, said an airport officials. Biometric registration system registers fingerprints and takes photos when processing immigration formalities.

The long waits led to [... Read More]

Deficiencies in education system need redressal

Society: Following the spate of reported suicides in the country, the health ministry has formed a team, led by the public health director general, to study this trend of people taking their own lives.

In the last two months this year, police recorded 13  suicide cases in seven districts.  Samtse reported six; Thimphu and Trashigang saw two each; Chukha, Sarpang, Trashiyangtse and Trongsa reported one each.

Among the 13, the oldest was a 61-year-old man [... Read More]

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