Friday, July 25th, 2014 - 4:27 PM

A curtain comes down on a 39-year-old stint

Dr-I.K-MahantaDr IK Mahanta

Chief pathologist Dr IK Mahanta, who joined service in 1975, is to leave by yearend JDWNRH: It was an unusually slow day for Dr IK Mahanta, chief pathologist with Thimphu referral hospital.  But what was more surprising came in the form of a person, who peeked into his chamber and greeted him. “Do you remember me?” the man said. “I’m amazed and surprised that you’re still here.” Caught in disbelief, Dr Mahanta rose to greet his friend from the United Kingdom, Dr Slegg, who was [... Read More]

Facilitating official spending

DSC_2629DHI chairman Dasho Sangay Khandu launching the corporate credit card

The bank launched two corporate credit cards towards addressing this need BoBL: Office expenses can now be managed and met via credit cards, with Bank of Bhutan limited (BoBL) launching two corporate credit cards yesterday. The domestic credit card can be used within the country and outside, like in India and Nepal, while the VISA international credit card can be used in all countries. The bank’s chairman, Karma W Penjor, said the corporate credit card could help ease management of official tours and travel-related expenditures [... Read More]

8-month old vacancy left by late tshogpa yet to be filled

Namdoling: Namdoling chiwog in Decheling, Pemagatshel does not yet have a tshogpa, eight months after the death of the former tshogpa. Villagers say that this is causing a lot of problems for the gewog and the villagers, especially when development issues are discussed for the gewog. A by-election for the tshogpa could not be held, because the chiwog did not have a single candidate. Cheki Dorji, the chiwog’s chupen (messenger), has been doing the work of tshogpa.  But the villagers say that the chupen is [... Read More]

Big hole in the ‘Hole in the Wall’ project

IMG_3354Vandalised? The learning station at Chanjiji

The absence of the computers, which may gone missing a year or so ago, was only noticed last week Crime: The four computers in the “Hole in the Wall” playground learning station have disappeared, and nobody is sure when and how it happened. The computers were commissioned on December 25, 2009 as a pilot project, to allow children to teach themselves with free and unsupervised computers in a public space.  The department of information and technology, partnered with Hole in the Wall Education limited (HiWEL), [... Read More]

State of the economy – A spike and then two drops

Such is the budget report’s prognosis for the next three fiscal years Finance: The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to grow at 6.8 percent in 2014-15, and then drop in the two following fiscal years. In 2013-14, the GDP growth was 5.99 percent.  The drops, projected in the budget report, are 5.2 percent in 2015-16  and 5.1 percent in 2016-17. The 6.8 percent growth is attributed to commencing of the Kholongchu and Nikachu hydropower projects and commissioning of the Dagachu project. The economic [... Read More]

Tax exemption for small/micro business

BIT: To encourage the growth of small and micro-businesses in rural areas, the government has decided to exempt these businesses from business income tax starting this income year. It is also one of the pledges the government made during the campaign. Finance minister Namgay Dorji said, “The tax burden borne by these businesses in rural areas is relatively high, compared to personal income tax payers.” “This will also relieve small and micro businesses of cumbersome administrative procedures and other practical hardships,” the minister said. About [... Read More]

Tara Lhaden Zhingkham lhakhang sanctified

20140608-GJ1_9364His Majesty The King and His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo graced the consecration ceremony of the Tara Lhaden Zhingkham Lhakhang at Pangrizampa, Thimphu yesterday. His Holiness the Je Khenpo presided over the consecration rites

Pangrizampa: With the inauguration of the Tara Lhaden Zhingkham lhakhang at Pangrizampa, Thimphu yesterday, the kingdom has gained another sacred and important national monument. The lhakhang and its 21 Drolma or Tara images, plated with gold, were sanctified, and its pure spirituality immortalised with the sacred consecration ceremony on the 8th, 9th and 10th day of the fourth Bhutanese month (June 6-8, 2014). His Holiness the 70th Je Khenpo, Trulku Jigme Choedra, and Gyalse Trulku Jigme Tenzin Wangpo performed the Tshepamey Sungchog, dedicated to the [... Read More]

Tobacco Act amended … yet again

In a bid to get real, the penalty has been reduced and the quota increased Assembly: What does it mean when an Act is repeatedly amended?  Failure. This is what some Assembly members felt, when discussing the tobacco control (amendment) bill. So it is with the Tobacco Control Act 2014.  The National Assembly on Friday endorsed the Tobacco Control Act 2014 with 37 “yes” votes.  Five voted “no” and two abstained from voting. The Act, which was first endorsed in 2010, had to be amended [... Read More]

Woman charges pharmacist with assault

Police are attempting to get to the bottom of an unseemly incident at the emergency dept. JDWNRH: A 31-year-old woman has filed a case against a pharmacist on duty at the emergency department of Thimphu referral hospital for allegedly assaulting her on the night of June 7. The woman visited the dispensary for her daughter’s third dose of injection for rabies.  She said she walked inside the room, as she thought patients, who came for injection, could walk in directly. “He told me rudely that [... Read More]

Tashi Air adds Kathmandu to its route

Aviation: Tashi Air subsidiary Bhutan Airlines expanded its route network with an inaugural flight to Kathmandu, on Saturday. Scheduled flights to Nepal will commence from June 16. The private airline will operate twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, to begin with. Daily flights will be introduced between Paro-Kathmandu in the tourist season between September and October, followed by three flights a week from October to March 2015. The private airline is looking to primarily capitalise on the tourist traffic flowing through and using Kathmandu [... Read More]