Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 10:48 PM

Audit holds action on Mangdechu Project

IMG_2172Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk explains the advantages of opting for cut off walls over permeation grouting

Should any elements of corruption arise, the economic affairs ministry and minster will be held accountable.

Hydropower: The Royal Audit Authority (RAA) has recently decided not to pursue further action on its two major observations in the operations of Mangdechu hydroelectric project authority (MHPA) in Trongsa following requests from the project’s chairman, the economic affairs minister.

This, however, doesn’t mean that the RAA has dropped its memo. It has accepted the request on the ground [... Read More]

Officialdom versus volunteerism

IMG_1714Dogs in the centre in Yusipang

A longstanding conflict between officials concerned and a couple running an animal rescue centre comes to a head

Yusipang: Officials from wildlife conservation, drug regulatory authority, and residents of Yusipang are at loggerheads with an animal rescue centre in Yusipang, Thimphu.

The bone of contention is that Bhutanese officials feel the couple, who run Pilou medical centre, violated existing conservation and medicines laws.

Wildlife conservation officials said the couple kept 20 Assamese macaques (monkeys) in captivity [... Read More]

Vehicle import ban lifted from today

DoT: New models from Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Maruti Suzuki, along with 30 Toyota vehicles, will soon hit the roads in the country.

The department of trade officially lifted the vehicle import ban, which came in to effect since July 2012, today.

The economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk, said, “Now that the new taxation is in place, the ban will be lifted with immediate effect.”

Vehicle dealers in the country have received numerous inquiries about the prices [... Read More]

Borehole solution to water shortage problem

IMG_0140Residents have been facing acute water shortage for decades without a solution to it

A temporary measure to a perennial scarcity until the town master plan is ready

S/j Thromde: Although a temporary measure, Samdrupkongkhar residents will get some relief from the perennial water shortage issue, with the thromde planning to dig a borehole to tap underground water.

The plan also includes reviving the existing defunct dug well to supplement water distribution and tap water from nearby streams as an immediate measure.

Residents have been facing water shortage for decades [... Read More]


Looking forward to rising prices

There are two extreme developments taking place with regard to the government’s recent decisions on green tax and import of vehicles.

We will soon see at least a hundred brand new vehicles hit the road, judging by demands and enquiries vehicle dealers in the country are dealing with.  Notwithstanding the revised tax, which makes all types of vehicles expensive, there is, it seems, no dearth of buyers.

The government had made a wise decision in raising taxes, [... Read More]

Picture story

Not a ritual: Meme Kinzang uses cymbals to scare wild animals from attacking his maize fields in Horong village, Mongar


Reaping the cordyceps rewards

IMG_9046Kinley Bidha and family in a hotel in Thimphu

After an arduous spell of collection, it’s time now to spend some hard-earned money

Fungus: Months of hard work paid off, when Kinley Bidha’s ophiocordyceps sinensis was graded A plus, and fetched a handsome sum of Nu 550,000 at a recent auction in Damji.

During the collection season, the timid and sunburnt highlander from Lunana collected about 500 grams of the fungus, literally scanning the grounds on all four.

Kinley Bidha was the highest contributor in [... Read More]

A more user-friendly FDI policy

MoEA has undertaken a course correction following the ill-fated G4S departure 

Investment: Foreign direct investment (FDI) companies in the country from now on will be allowed to repatriate their profits in the currency of their choice, and not in the currency of earnings.

The cabinet has changed the FDI policy, 2010, and repatriation of the dividends among others is the major change. Earlier, the policy allowed FDIs repatriation in the currency of earnings, which is [... Read More]

3,304 graduates to sit prelims

BCSC: A total of 3,304 graduates have registered with the Royal Civil Service Commission to appear the preliminary examination on August 10.

This year the number of graduates registering for the preliminary exam has dropped by 263 compared to last year’s 3,567. However, only 3,332 of them sat the examination last year.

There are 1,451 female and 1,853 male this year. The month long e-registration closed on July 17.

Separate figures of graduates registering for different [... Read More]


The issues of being a report and a bill!

NC’s Views on Pay Revision Discourse

The public discourse on pay revision has recently seen an enhanced debate in the media, both social and mainstream. In the crossfire of critical views, the silence of the National Council was loudly felt. The primary concern has been the need for NC to respond to questions asked about the legality of its decision to defer pay revision in the context of the passage and implementation of the Budget Act [... Read More]

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