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Unveil Trongsa wins Start-Up Weekend award

The participants at the startup weekend

A student of Trongsa Central School, Anjie Yoedzer and team, won the best idea during the 54-hour Techstar Start-Up Weekend held in Trongsa on April 4. The team won a cash price of Nu 50,000 for an idea, ‘Unveil Trongsa’, which is about setting up a travel agent to attract tourists to the …

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Thromde to organise flower exhibition annually

The MoU was signed on April 8

Samdrupjongkhar Thromde signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with stakeholders on April 8 to maintain permanent gardens and cleanliness of the town. Agencies are required to take care of and maintain their respective flower gardens and parks. Thromde will provide water supply for the gardens, saplings and technical support. To read …

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Where farming is learning

There are about 60 members in the agriculture group

Taktse Central School in Trongsa does not buy milk and eggs. It has a herd of cows and a brood of hens, which produces enough milk and eggs to feed the students. The introduction of integrated farming has helped the school provide its students curd and eggs every week. To …

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Automobile workshops cry for improvement

The problems confronting the workshop are only expected to grow

This is the picture of Olakha automobile workshop area in the rain: jammed traffic, broken sewerage pipes, clogged drains, angry motorists fighting for space, potholes, dirty effluents flowing out of workshops… There are not new problems for the area. However, due to lack of timely intervention, it is fast becoming …

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PC calls for more post-retirement benefits

One of the salient features of the pay commission’s recommendation is the post-retirement benefits. The commission recommended inducting the general service personnel (GSP) and elementary service personnel (ESP) for post retirement benefits. The commission recommended an additional increase in the employer’s share of provident fund (PF) contribution by seven percent …

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Bhutan’s maternal health improves

The situation of maternal health in the country has improved. According to a recent study on the situation of maternal health in Bhutan, the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) declined from 255 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2000 to 89 in 2017. According to the Director of Public Health, Karma …

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PC recommends 14-29% salary raise

It was a busy night for civil and public servants yesterday, as they were calculating how much they would benefit from the Fourth Pay Commission’s proposed salary revision. To maintain proportionate pay progression based on job responsibility, qualification and skills the pay commission recommended a revision between 14 percent and 29 percent for public servants with higher revision at the lowest position.

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Monetise vehicle quota: Pay Commission

Besides monetising the vehicle import quota for public servants, the fourth pay commission recommended quota entitlement for gups and thrompons. The commission’s report submitted to the Cabinet on April 5, which was deliberated at the Cabinet meeting before the release of the report on social media yesterday, also recommends that …

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Picture story

The ambassador to Bangladesh, Sonam T Rabgye, handed over a letter on the Exchange of Notes signed by the foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji to the Korean Ambassador to Bhutan, Hu Kang-il on April 9.  With the Exchange of Notes, a programme office is expected to be established in Bhutan …

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PC recommends performance-based incentives

Perform.  It will be rewarded. The Pay Commission has recommended performance-based incentives (PBI) to promote meritocracy, excellence in the public service and reduce service delivery cost. The report that was made public last night, states that PBI would improve the efficiency of public servants to achieve individual and organisational targets, …

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Contract employees shouldn’t be regularised: PC

The fourth pay commission does not recommend the regularisation of contract employees as they are recruited for time-bound projects and meeting short-term human resource requirements. This, according to the fourth pay commission report is also in keeping with the recommendation to maintain civil service growth at replacement level or population …

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Building a home for Karma is expensive

Karma has been living in the enclosure since 2016

Phobjikha’s vast wetland is empty. Its famous winter resident—black-necked cranes have left for Tibet. But not all. Karma, found injured when still very much a juvenile can never fly back to its summer home. Karma wears a red crown patch, a sign that it is now an adult. It has …

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Before it is too late

Old and vulnerable: Doksum town

Clustered, old and vulnerable, Doksum town has not changed much. The old town at the confluence of the Kholongchhu and Drangmechhu is becoming busier. There are more people and more businesses, some temporary. What has not changed too is safety measures, which the town’s residents had been wanting. To read …

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