Business owners throng the RTIO at Changzamtog
Trade: The government’s effort to deliver public services in a seamless and accessible manner is not working if the long queues for license renewal at the Thimphu regional trade and industry office (RTIO), Changzamtog, are any indication. For the last few days, business license holders have been queuing since dawn for hours every day to ensure that they are among the first 60, who are issued the tokens everyday. The RTIO issues slightly over 60 tokens a day, the number they can handle until 3pm, [... Read More]
The government is currently developing an e-payment gateway that will inter connect all local banks for online transactions ICT: By next year, you should be able to pay for public services using only a mobile phone, irrespective of which bank you’re a customer of. By the following year, all kinds of payments, irrespective of bank, could become available. As part of an effort to enable cashless transactions, the government is currently developing an e-payment gateway. The first phase of this gateway, which will include only [... Read More]
The amount the thromde deposited into an account never reached the firm in Bangkok Thromde: Investigations are on to trace the USD 85,000, about Nu 4.93M that the Thimphu Thromde transferred into an account of a firm in Bangkok, Thailand, but which never got deposited. The thromde had floated a tender to revamp the incinerator at the cremation ground in the city and a firm in Bangkok called Benjamin heating system, had won the bid for USD 170,000.
Education: When most of the Bhutanese students are going abroad for higher studies, a young lad from Afghanistan, Rahmatullah Ahsani, has come to Bhutan to study. Rahmatullah Ahsani was 20 when he first reached Bhutan. It was in 2012. He was to spend three years at Gaeddu College of Business Studies studying Bachelors of Commerce. The winding roads, richly-forested land and rice with emadatsi were the biggest cultural shocks for Rahmatullah Ahsani, to say nothing about the curious weather in Gedu.
The national team visits Dechenphu lhakhang before the tournament (Photo courtesy: BFF facebook page)
Basketball: The national basketball team left today for the fourth South Asian basketball association (SABA) championships in Bangalore, but not in their best mood. The players were asked to manage with their own money for now, as the Bhutan Basketball Federation (BBF) couldn’t deliver the DSAs for the 12 players as they leave for the tournament today. The players are unhappy for not getting the 80 percent advance daily subsistence allowance (DSA). Although officials from the federation deny the existence of such issues within the [... Read More]
Bhutanese travelling to Kalimpong and Darjeeling should check with police in Jaigaon as traffic movement along the roads connecting Sikkim- Siliguri have come to a complete halt following several roadblocks. Indian media reported that at least 23 people were killed today in Darjelling district of West Bengal following fresh landslide.
Update: The Amochu, which swelled because of heavy rainfall last night flooded the Bangay Bazar area and washed away seven huts while leaving two excavators completely submerged. A brick factory on the banks of Amochu was also flooded. Rescuers are trying to pull out the three school buses that were partially submerged in floodwater.
Latest: Amochu flood submerges three school buses, an automobile workshop and a dozer near Bangay, Phuentsholing.
The Airbus H130 was found to be the most suitable for Bhutan Photo: Airbus Helicopters
Aviation: The government has selected the H130 chopper manufactured by Airbus to begin helicopter services in Bhutan. The government will purchase two H130 helicopters at a total cost of around Nu 459.9M (million) or USD 7.3M. Each helicopter will cost around Nu 226.8M or USD 3.65M. The H130 will be capable of fire fighting and medical evacuation besides transportation of passengers and cargo. The decision to select the H130 was made by the cabinet, yesterday, following which a letter of intent or a commitment to [... Read More]