Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - 7:45 PM

NC’s move, a dangerous precendent: PM

Government claims it worked hard in the past year to afford this pay raise

Salary: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said he would respond to the National Council’s (NC) letter, where it had officially informed the government about its decision to defer their share of the salary raise.

“I’ll write back,” lyonchhoen said. “But it’s a legislative matter and they should have written to the Speaker.”

The NC has decided to defer the salary raise for its [... Read More]

Meet-the-people program to go on

PMO: Despite seeing a drop in visitors, the meet-the-people’s program, which started a month after the government took office last year, will continue for as long as people find it useful, according to the prime minister’s office.

Since the program began on August 24 last year, a total of 636 grievances were registered in 46 sessions, records with the cabinet secretariat show.  Cabinet officials said unemployment issues, followed by those related to land, census, [... Read More]

Dry weather scares Wangdue farmers

IMG_2371Parched: Recently transplanted paddy fields in Wangdue on the verge of withering in the sun

The paddy transplantation process is at the mercy of a timely monsoon 

Agriculture: Time is running out for farmers in the Punakha–Wangdue valley.  If it doesn’t rain in the immediate days, paddy transplantation (changla) will be delayed and it will have repercussions.

Farmers have been conducting rimdos (pujas) and visiting goenpas to appease local deities, to bless them with rain and continue paddy plantation.

Tshogpa Nagphay of Bangtaykha chiwog in Wangdue said in his chiwog, about [... Read More]

Govt. embarks on cost cutting exercise

Among a host of other steps, freezing new constructions is one way to reduce expenditure

Savings: In their effort to rationalise expenditure or cut cost, the government has suspended the construction of the royal civil service commission, finance ministry, and National Council new office buildings.

Freezing new construction is one of the many ways the government is taking to cut on its expenditure.

A chief budget officer with the national budget department, Phenpay R Drukpa, said, [... Read More]

Tsirang poultry cooperative to increase egg price

Cites raise in fuel prices and competition from middlemen as the causes

CFM: Tsirang poultry cooperative, in its annual general meeting held yesterday, decided to increase the egg price, attributing it to the hike in fuel prices, and to be in competition with middlemen.

The cooperative will now be buying at Nu 1500 a box of eggs from the farms, instead of the earlier rate of Nu 1400 a box.  A box contains seven trays [... Read More]


Post the World Cup

Expect many sick leaves or excuses to come late to office today.  The World Cup finals just finished this morning.

The month-long football festival has finally got over and, like everyone else around the world we lost much sleep watching the most watched sports event on earth.

From Thimphu to Maracana, the FIFA World Cup gets the attention of millions of fans all over the world.  While there were heartbreaks and jubilant fans, including among Bhutanese, the [... Read More]

Deciphering imported products

IMG_9703Imported food products: Unaware of the contents, yet popular

The problem has been recognised since 2008 but is no closer to a solution

BAFRA: Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) regulations mandate shopkeepers to have labeling of imported products especially food in either English or dzongkha for consumers to know its content but the rule has largely remained on paper today.

A popular food item in most shops in town, are imported noodles of various flavours. Despite not knowing its content, it is [... Read More]

A way forward for NFE instructors

The ministry is to allow 196 of them to appear for the class XII exams for the first time

Education: Along with regular students, about 196 non-formal education (NFE) instructors will sit the class XII board examination for the first time next year.

The education ministry decided to let the instructors appear the board examination without having formally studied class XII.

Over 680 NFE instructors employed by education ministry today are class X graduates.  There are [... Read More]

Chazam-Duksum road widening work well on track

DSC01492Formation cutting will be completed within days

DoR: The Chazam to Duksum road will be broadened and ready when trucks carrying heavy machinery and material start coming to Duksum for the construction of the 600MW Kholongchu hydroelectric project.

The formation cutting between Jamkhardrang and Duksum along the Trashiyangtse highway will be completed within the deadline, according to department of roads (DoR) officials in Duksum.

Assistant engineer with Duksum field sub-division office, Dendup Dorji, said they have to excavate 5.3km by July 15.

“We [... Read More]

Fashion with an eco-friendly flavour

DSC_7165Waste not: Models wear designs created from waste

The 2nd Nazhon-ista competition showcased clothes made of traditional textile and waste

Go Youth Go: As the lights went out, the murmur among the audience died down, and a soothing traditional music filled the air.  As models glided on the ramp, the audience let out a gasp.

Young models showcased gowns, dresses and suits made of traditional textile and waste.

With eyes unblinking, but full to the brim, was Tshering Zam, 17, the designer, whose collection [... Read More]

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