… would appear to go against the grain the govt’s much vaunted austerity measures
Salary: Over three months after government announced to continue with the salary the previous prime minister and ministers collected, it has asked the pay commission to “review” pay scales for the posts.
Through a government order issued on November 13, government has asked the pay commission to “review recommendations of the first Parliament on revising pay scale for the prime minister [... Read More]
As a first step, a February 2014 order for 50 such taxis has been placed with Thunder Motors
Cars: The prime minister’s move to shift gears to go for electric cars awaits formal discussion with two car manufacturing companies of Nissan and Tesla.
Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said the last discussions with Nissan and Tesla were not yet formalised.
“It was an informal discussion,” he said. “But our intention is to materialise it, for which we intend [... Read More]
Over vales and hills: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay crosses a stream on the way to Rangtsi from Sombayama in Haa recently.
But people should now work towards becoming self reliant, says PM
Visit: As the 11th Five Year Plan starts, it is time people work towards becoming self-reliant and contribute to the country’s development, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said to the people of Samtse yesterday.
“Government has been serving people since the first Plan,” Lyonchhoen said to the local government officials and people. “It is time people help themselves-be it a farmer or a student or [... Read More]
Elected representatives discussing and determining their own salary seldom sits well with the electorate.
This was proven true during deliberations both at the National Council and the National Assembly in the past when members discussed their entitlements and other perquisites.
Perhaps having realised this, the government chose to have a neutral committee comprising senior members from the bureaucracy to make recommendations on the prime minister’s pay and those of the Cabinet ministers.
Until recently, it was thought the [... Read More]
Books: Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) officials dismissed as “baseless” allegations against it with regards a list of books on its website as an attempt at censorship.
Officials also clarified it was not to be taken as an indication that certain books may be banned.
The response was in relation to comments on social media where the allegations emerged and many social media users also sought clarity on the issue.
“Why no coverage on BICMA’s [... Read More]
Korphu villagers, sans a cheaper means of transport, walk on the way to Trongsa
Its absence after a breakdown last year cost the people of Korphu gewog dear
Transport: Almost a year after it was suspended, the Trongsa-Gelephu bus service, which benefitted the people of Korphu gewog, will resume soon after a test drive to Gelephu today.
For the last couple of months, villagers of Korphu gewog have been paying a huge chunk of their savings to taxis while travelling to Trongsa town. The Trongsa-Gelephu Eicher bus, which broke [... Read More]
Instead, the country will export the same amount of energy it imports from India
Electricity: Bhutan will not be required to import energy from India, based on the unscheduled interchange mechanism, which was initially proposed by hydropower officials in West Bengal from where Bhutan imports electricity.
Under a new arrangement, the country will export the same amount of energy it had imported from India during the peak season without any financial transaction. The unscheduled mechanism [... Read More]
A project is underway to identify and prevent adverse outcomes in Bhutan
Meet: Predominantly a low altitude disease, vector-borne diseases, such as malaria and dengue, could emerge in Gasa, located about 4,500 metres above sea level, which health officials attribute to the impact of climate change.
Presence of vector and sand fly was found in Gasa this year, when piloting climate change adaptation to protect human health, said health officials. Vectors are organisms that transmit [... Read More]
Mongar dzongda Sherab Tenzin inaugurates the farm road
A remote gewog, at last connected by road, looks forward to better days
Farmroad: With the formal opening of the 16km farm road to traffic in one of the remotest gewogs in Mongar, Jurmey, villagers said it is the opening of a door to other developmental activities.
Villagers of the remote gewog, who gathered at the inaugural ceremony, started discussing about an easier life ahead, which was evident from the experience in the last two [... Read More]
At work: Rinzin helps pack the prayer flags at her shop
In that the profit motive is subordinate to the cause of dharma
Entrepreneur: Rinzin Tshomo is a struggling entrepreneur. But the 29-year-old has no regrets, as profit was not the main motive that made her venture into her business, printing prayer flags.
Following a trip to Kalimpong, India to buy ready made prayer flags to be erected for her late father, Rinzin Tshomo decided to print her own prayer flags. She made the spot decision, [... Read More]