Whether age-old customs, or recent laws should guide woodlots goes unresolved at DT
DT: Following conflicting views on reinstating sokshing to its customary practice before introduction of Land Act 2007, Trashiyangtse dzongkhag tshogdu recently decided they wait for the Act to be amended.
Many villagers from various parts of the dzongkhag had their local leaders propose the government look into registering sokshing with an individual villager’s land, an old practice that changed after Land Act [... Read More]
Officials of Brahmaputra and Barak Basin Organisation (B&BBO), India, and department of Hydromet services (DHMS) met last week to monitor and oversee the DHMS’s flood warning program funded by Indian government. The joint expert teams endorsed the proposed activities of the DHMS for which Nu 30M assistance was approved. The establishment of hydro-meteorological observation and flood forecasting network on rivers common to India [... Read More]
A vendor sorts onions at CFM
The price per kilo (Nu 100) has equalled the daily wage of the national workforce
Vegetable: The price of onion in some parts in the capital city has hit the Nu 100 mark – equal to the minimum national daily wage.
From Nu 38 a kilogramme (kg) in June, the price of onion ranges from Nu 80-100 as of yesterday. The current selling price at the centenary farmers’ market (CFM) is Nu 80 a kg, [... Read More]
Guest try the variety of dishes that were displayed at the food fest
To prove that, a food fest was organised to showcase the diversity of Bhutanese cuisine
Conference: From yak meat to locally brewed alcohol to buckwheat pancakes and a variety of cheese, more than fifteen kinds of Bhutanese dishes were displayed at the hall of the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality on October 29.
Titled “Food diversity and exchange: The way to rural development,” the first “food conference” in the country was held to showcase [... Read More]
Stimulus fund: Ambassador VP Haran hands over the cheque of Indian Rupee 1B to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu
GoI: Bhutan has received Indian Rupee (INR) 1B from the government of India as grant for the new government’s economic stimulus plan (ESP), which will be injected into the domestic economy by mid November.
The Indian ambassador to Bhutan, VP Haran, handed the cheque to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday.
As requested by the government, the government of India has committed to providing INR 5B, outside the 11th Plan assistance, for Bhutan’s economic stimulus plan.
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Govt. strategy to tackle unemployment problem via Bhutanese overseas worker program
Employment: Some five thousand job seekers could go to work in companies and agencies overseas every year, if the scheme labour ministry will introduce starting end of this year works out.
The overseas employment for Bhutanese jobseekers scheme is a strategy put in place by the new government to achieve full employment, as pledged.
Labour minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said, besides easing unemployment problem, it [... Read More]
The govt. seeks a speedy resolution of the issue from the national land commission
NLC: The government has requested the national land commission (NLC) for a “speedy resolution” on the education city project, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said at the meet the press session on October 28.
The prime minister expressed concern that one of the biggest projects initiated by the previous government could be compromised because of the legality of the land.
“Given that the secretary [... Read More]
Meal time: After deliberations on how to spend the LG grant, Samtse gups break for lunch
Though the fund is yet to arrive, plans to use it have already been drawn up
LG: grant: While the local government grant of Nu 2M a gewog is yet to come through, although Parliament has endorsed it, local leaders in Samtse have already chalked out how to use it.
For one, during the discussions at the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) held on October 28, all 15 gewogs decided to allocate a certain percent of the [... Read More]
The department has been pulled up for violating environmental strictures
DoR: Work on the Refey-Khosela bypass resumed yesterday, three weeks, after it was stalled following objections from the Trongsa dzongkhag environmental committee to use a site as a dump yard by the department of roads (DoR) under Zhemgang division.
The department was fined of Nu 50,000 each for two other dump yards two months ago, which they had been previously using without clearance from the national environment [... Read More]
Beast of burden: Without farm roads, horses came handy for villagers to cash in on the drubchen
Tsango villagers reaped a windfall through pilgrims using their horses for porterage
Time out: The recently concluded month-long religious activities in Singye dzong had come as a double blessing for Tsango chiwog villagers in Lhuentse.
While they received blessings from Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse rinpoche and Dudjom Yangsi Tenzin Yeshey Dorji, villagers who owned horses said they made good income transporting luggage and pilgrims. Singye dzong, located at an altitude of more than 3000M, is a [... Read More]