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RCSC amends in-service bachelor’s degree programme rules

Circular: Civil servants pursuing undergraduate degree programmes will have to do so without pay, and their job will not be protected either.  Upon completion of the programme, there will be no automatic enhancement of position level. Having amended the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2012, pertaining to in-service bachelor’s degree, a circular was sent out to various agencies and departments by the Royal Civil Service Commission on September 12. The amendments will come into effect from the day it was sent out. The circular states that, [... Read More]

New office building lies unused for months

DSC_1025The construction of the new office building for the area office of geology and mines in Samtse was completed about seven months ago

No furniture budget until now has stymied a move from the current adjacent premises DGM: Seven months after a Nu10M three-storey building for the department of geology and mines (DGM) area office in Samtse was completed and handed over, it remains vacant. Some parts of the building have even started to crumble. The building, located at Gurung Basti in Samtse, was constructed at a cost of more than Nu 10M, according to DGM officials. The DGM office is currently located in the department’s guesthouse, adjacent [... Read More]

OAG takes former land commission official to court

Fraud: A former National Land Commission (NLC) official, accused of colluding with Chang Ugyen in the alleged land fraud case, has appealed to Thimphu district court to summon all land record officers and clerks, who worked with him, in a bid to find who manipulated the thram in question. The former NLC official, Sonam Norbu, made the appeal to the court’s bench four during his rebuttal yesterday. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has charged Sonam Norbu of having manipulated documents to increase Chang [... Read More]

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The Consul General of Bhutan Karma Tsering Namgyal called on the chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi at his residence on September 15. The Consul General will be meeting some of the top bureaucrats in Assam including the chief secretary, home secretary and director general of Assam police to discuss issues of mutual interest and to enhance relations. The Consul General will also meet Bhutanese students studying in Guwahati and Shillong during his familarisation tour from September 14 to 22.    

Dungsum Polymers yet to maximise production

DSC_5785Underproduction: DPL has been able to utilise only about 35 percent of its production capacity of 100,000 plastic polythene bags a day

There has however been a rise from 20 percent of total capacity in 2012 to 35 percent now Industry: Dungsam Polymers limited (DPL) in Nganglam, Pemagatshel, has so far been able to utilise only about 35 percent of its production capacity of 100,000 plastic polythene bags a day. This, company officials said, had picked up from the 20 percent utilisation of production capacity in 2012, after it went operational in March, the same year.  Business, officials said, was slow but steadily picking up. The company [... Read More]

Potatoes fetch premium prices

DSC05945Hard work : Farmers ferry potatoes to the storage room

Phobjikha farmers are encouraged by the initial high returns for their produce  Auction: Potato-growing communities of Phobjikha valley, Wangduephodrang, have begun transporting their main cash crop to the Food Corporation of Bhutan’s (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing. With the crop fetching twice what they earned last year, farmers are happy.  Some are still harvesting the rest of their yield after which it will be sorted, graded and packed to be taken to Phuentsholing. Almost all farmers are occupied from 8am till dusk, either with their [... Read More]

Labourers build school unsupervised

unnamed-3Dzongkhag officials examine raw materials during a surprise quality check

Construction of Mendrelgang PS suspended following quality surprise check Monitoring: The Tsirang dzongkhag quality assessment and monitoring team has suspended the construction of Mendrelgang primary school after it found, among others, only labourers involved in building the school. The contract to build the school was awarded two months ago. Nu 5.8M has been allocated to construct the primary school. The quality monitoring and assessment is conducted by a team of dzongkhag officials every month. The team suspended construction work of the four-unit classroom and six-unit [... Read More]

First Bhutanese in UN peacekeeping mission

img12121His Majesty the King and lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with Lt Col Kinley Wangdi and Major Ugyen Wangchuk (right)

RBA/RBG: In a historic move for the country and armed forces, Bhutan is now participating in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions. Two royal Bhutan army (RBA) and one royal body guards (RBG) officers recently left the country to serve as peacekeepers in the Middle East and Africa.  They will don the distinctive blue beret or helmet worn by UN peacekeepers and serve under the UN flag. RBA lt col Ngawang Jigme has been assigned as a military observer to the UN truce supervision organisation (UNTSO) [... Read More]

HM grants land kidu to 6,718 households

20140916-907A6170A girl offers flowers to Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen during the public tokha in Zhemgang yesterday

Visit: His Majesty the King granted land kidu to 6,718 households including those who were eligible for land substitution in Zhemgang. The kidu is part of His Majesty’s ongoing land reform across the country. His Majesty is on a tour of the central regions of the country. Addressing the people from various parts of Zhemgang dzongkhag, His Majesty said that land is central to the lives of the people because land provides security of inheritance, security of home, food security and security of well being. [... Read More]

Trashigang gups seek answers from tshogpon

They asked particularly about the Bolero pickup promised during the campaign Visit: Local leaders in Trashigang were left disappointed after their first meeting with the National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo yesterday. Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo visited the dzongkhag and met with the members of the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT). Local leaders said they had many questions for the speaker, but were not given enough time to ask. “It was such a disappointment as we rarely get to meet important position holders like NA Speaker,” a gup said. [... Read More]