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Pay commission report on council’s 13th session agenda

NC: The findings of the pay commission report, which was submitted to the government on March 12, will be deliberated during the 13th session of the National Council (NC).

The NC and the third session of the second parliament will begin from May 16.  The report will be deliberated on June 11 under the legislative issues.  The assembly will also discuss the same.

The government, as pledged, formed the pay commission on November 13 last [... Read More]

Acting on climate change

The Nu 712.45M project will respond to immediate climate change adaptation needs

NAPA: The world’s largest climate change adaptation project will begin from this year in Bhutan.

UNDP, Gross National Happiness commission and the national environment commission secretariat (NECS) signed the project document at the Tashichhodzong, Thimphu on Friday.

The Nu 712.45M project, titled ‘Addressing the risks of climate-induced disasters through enhanced national and local capacity for effective actions,’ would respond to immediate and urgent climate [... Read More]

House fire started by a five-year-old

Fire: A five-year-old boy who was left at home started the fire that razed a two-storied traditional house at Jyenkana, Haa on the afternoon of April 18.

Haa dzongkhag officials said the boy had lit a candle and the light caught on a cloth hanging from a wall, which resulted in the fire.

The son was alone in the bedroom when the incident occurred. The mother had gone to work in the fields, about 35 [... Read More]

Picture story

Around 50,000 devotees from across the country attended the Threma Nagmo oral transmission (great perfection wrathful goddess), which was presided over by H.H Dudjom Rinpoche Sangye Pema Zhepa at the Thimphu national memorial chorten yesterday. In the morning, Rinpoche, accompanied by Dungzin Garab Rinpoche and Kathok Situ Rinpoche performed Threma Namgo tsokhor (offering). Devotees also received blessings from the Rinpoche [... Read More]

The gup-GAO overlap

Lack of delineation of their separate roles all too often hampers developmental activities

Symposium: A few provisions in the local government Act and regulations on the roles of gups and gewog administrative officers (GAO) often hampered implementation of developmental works.

The administrative officers raised the issue, while discussing the lack of clearly defined roles of gups and GAOs at the symposium held in Thimphu.

GAOs said, although it was clearer now, several provisions overlapped, which created [... Read More]

Public road or private parking lot

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Municipal officials agree many buildings in Thimphu violated the parking requirement rules and admit their helplessness

Thromde: While Thimphu residents have benefitted the convenience of the many internal road networks that connect the city, the good is only half reaped.

The other half of the benefit has gone to private individuals.

Either side of the public roads are used as parking spaces of buildings that have sporadically sprouted in various parts of the city today.

Municipal officials [... Read More]

Talking turkey

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There are plans afoot to rear the bird in Sarpang and Tsirang farms as a pilot project

NPDC: As an alternative to poultry farming, soon, turkey farming will be introduced in districts of Sarpang and Tsirang.

The turkey farming, which national poultry breeding centre (NPDC), Sarpang is going to initiate as a pilot project in the country starting this year, is geared towards boosting rural economy.

About 50 farmers, members of Dunglagang broiler’s and Tsirang poultry [... Read More]

Nu 427M spent on 2nd parliamentary elections

More than half the money was spent on travel and daily allowances of election officials 

Expenditure: The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) has spent Nu 426.87M during the second parliamentary election held last year, including the by-election in Nanong Shumar constituency

Of the total expenditure, about 52 percent or Nu 222M was spent on travel and daily allowances of more than 9,800 election officials, including security personnel, for National Council and National Assembly elections.

However, even [... Read More]

Having second thought about Amochhu

The uncertainly comes after the government of India raised security concern

Hydropower: Whether the 540MW Amochhu project in Phuentsholing, which was supposed to start last year, will ever come through is uncertain.

While a senior government official said although Amochhu project was one of the most technically feasible and economically viable among other hydropower projects, it was being shelved for other reasons.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, in a recent interview said the government of India, like [... Read More]

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