Audit finds Nu 4.6B consultancy fees paid by last govt. to have been low in cost benefit
RAA: In the last five financial years, the government spent about Nu 4.6B on procuring consultancy services, but the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) found the services inadequate.
Almost 50 percent of the total expenditure was on the account of hydropower projects and the accelerating Bhutan’s socio-economic development (ABSD) projects provided by McKinsey & Co.
The economic affairs ministry alone [... Read More]
Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck with participants at the international day for elimination of violence against women in Phuenthsoling yesterday
This was highlighted as Bhutan observed the Int’l Day for Elimination of Violence against Women yesterday
Event: Seventy-two percent of rural women in Bhutan believed a man is justified in beating his wife or partner for various reasons, according to a recent survey.
“This kind of level of domestic violence tolerance only suggests that there is not yet widespread understanding of the link between women and personal security,” the UN resident coordinator in Bhutan, Christina [... Read More]
The need to strengthen and promote private sector – the prime minister believes in it, politician agree with it, international experts endorse it, above all, the country needs it.
At a time when the country is faced with issues of youth unemployment and economic uncertainty, it becomes all the more pertinent to turn to private sector for solutions.
But what people in the private sector say is the country makes it hard to create businesses and for [... Read More]
Illegal but widely used in Bhutan, cable operators complain of losing business
Television: No progress has been made in the past year on the government’s effort to legalise direct-to-home (DTH) television in Bhutan.
The government has been attempting to legalise DTH TV since 2010. It is currently illegal to own and view DTH TV, however DTH TV is pervasive in Bhuan.
For DTH TV to be legal in Bhutan, the government requires that a DTH package [... Read More]
Reconstruction work came to a halt on November 7
On his first call on home ground, lyonchhoen told the people
Tour: Lhakhang Karpo in Haa, which is being renovated, will now be rebuilt with an entirely different design and to a size of a dzong, lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay announced on Sunday while addressing about 250 people of Haa .
Renovation work on the 119-year old bastion of Haa valley’s revered guardian deity, Ap Chundu, began in October 2010 with the demolition of two drashags [... Read More]
Technology: Last year, the agriculture ministry spent about half a million Ngultrums to survey farm roads, most of which the national land commission (NLC) had already completed in its national cadastral resurvey program.
Such duplication of activities has been common among many sectors in the country, for lack of a central data-sharing forum.
Most government ministries have information that others need, but there is no system of sharing them.
A solution to this kind of expensive [... Read More]
The locked public toilet beside the vegetable market shed
Once it was open, but lack of a caretaker caused misuse, which led to its closure
Sanitation: Although the new vegetable market shed at Samdrupgatshel in Samdrupjongkhar thromde has been in use every Sunday for almost three months now, the public toilet adjacent to it is yet to start functioning.
On Sundays, vendors and customers go to nearby bushes to relieve themselves. A vendor, Chandrakala, who sells homemade edible items, has a temporary toilet made [... Read More]
The SAARC food bank members with agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji
This was one of the decisions taken by the food board, which met yesterday in Thimphu
SAARC: Designated godowns or storage facilities will have to be reorganised in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, the SAARC food board decided yesterday in Thimphu.
Board members from Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, also decided to let the SAARC secretariat know the updated details at the earliest for circulation.
Member states were also asked [... Read More]
Dasho Dr (Col) Tandin Dorji receives the veteran’s category trophy of the COAS Open Golf Tournament, which was held from November 22-24 at the RBG Golf Course in Thimphu. Col Rinzin Dorji, DW, SO to COO, RBA and Maj Kesang Wangdi were the overall Net and Gross Winners. A total of 106 golfers participated in the annual tournament organised by IMTART.
…that of man’s or tiger’s, is the quiz Shingkhar-Gorgan road poses
Conservation: The previous government’s interest in linking Shingkhar at Bumthang to Gorgan at Lhuentse resonates with that of the new government’s as well.
But as with the previous government, this government is likely to face some opposition from conservationists, who believe the road construction would rudely interrupt the core tiger habitat.
The 67km Shingkhar-Gorgan highway that cuts through the tiger habitat at Thrumshingla national park [... Read More]