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The house has its way

Despite ministerial misgivings, the budget and appropriation bills will hence be referred to a committee

NA Bill: Members of the national assembly (NA) emerged victors yesterday in what observers call was a face off between them and the ministers.

Despite stern objections from the home minister and the prime minister’s last-ditch attempt to turn the table, Parliament, with an impressive 45 ‘yes’ votes against 14 ‘no’ votes, passed the national assembly (amendment) bill 2014, yesterday.

Some [... Read More]

A thromde a dzongkhag

Parliament: Every dzongkhag will now have a thromde, resulting in the election of 20 thrompons, in line with the local government (amendment) bill that the joint sitting of the Parliament passed on December 4.

This is a major amendment of the LG (amendment) bill the house passed with 55 ‘yes’ votes.  Five voted against it and none abstained.

Besides 20 thrompons, 140 thromde thuemis and 20 yenlag thuemis will be elected as required by the [... Read More]

Picture story

His Holiness the Je Khenpo presides over a three-day annual Chenrizi Drupchhen, which began on December 4 at the Tencholing Military Training Centre ground in Wangduephodrang.


Keeping the council’s continuity intact

As per the endorsed amendment, NC members need not resign to re-contest

NC Bill: Unlike in past elections where National Council (NC) members resigned, foregoing their retirement benefits to re-contest, a member intending to re-contest NC elections need not do so and can contest while in office.

This is in line with the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution that stipulates the Council as a continuous house.

NC aspiring members will not require the 10-year experience [... Read More]


Making the budget accountable

The finance minister was at a loss for words after the joint sitting of Parliament yesterday endorsed a change in the Budget and Appropriation Bill.  It completely overturned a clause that will now make it mandatory for the bills, including the annual budget, to be referred to a committee.

This is a breakaway from the current norm, where the finance minister presents the budget, which is passed after some deliberations.  The apprehensions are clear.  There are [... Read More]

Staff and families to move from Thimphu to project sites

The shift is to facilitate efficiency and was perhaps prompted by audit recommendations

Hydropower: Preparations are underway to move more than 200 staff and their families of Punatsangchu hydropower projects I & II and Mangdechu hydroelectric project authority based in Thimphu to Wangdue and Trongsa respectively by the end of this month and early next year.

The move, according to the economic affairs minister and the projects’ chairman, Norbu Wangchuk, was to make the decision [... Read More]

Crane killed in suspected stray dog attack

IMG_9088Crime scene: The remains of a black-necked crane

BNC: Villagers are concerned about the safety of the endangered black-necked crane after one was found killed, in a suspected stray dog attack in Gyetsa, Chumey in Bumthang on November 3.

The incident comes at a time when Gyetsa is seeing an upsurge in crane arrivals after two decades.  Already, more than 22 black-necked cranes have arrived for the winter, compared to only five-six in the past 20 years.

Gewog forest ranger, Tsheten Wangchuk, after [... Read More]

Govt. volte-face on pre-financing

Despite being somewhat loth to do so, resort must be taken to this instrument

11th FYP: Despite the government’s exertion to not resort to pre-financing, some 11th Plan activities had to be pre-financed because although donors committed funds, it is released at their own  conveniences.

This, the finance minister, Namgay Dorji, said was the biggest challenge in realising the goal of the Plan.  Lyonpo was responding to questions the deputy chairperson in the National Council [... Read More]

Dagor’s unfulfilled plea for a farm road

unnamedWalking distance would cut short to 15 minutes if a road was built from the bridge

A longstanding request has gone unmet, as construction seems to be quite untenable

Shumar: Villagers of Dagor in Shumar gewog have a crying need for a farm road, a request they have been making to gewog officials for over three years now.

Although under Shumar gewog, Pemagatshel, the chiwog is located closer to Nanong gewog.  It is a day’s walk from Shumar, while it takes them about two hours if they used the 53km road [... Read More]

Chenari farmers hit by ‘falling’ oranges

unnamed-21The disease has left more oranges on the ground than on the trees

Dropping fruit and dying trees have decimated this year’s mandarin crop

Horticulture: The orange export season is on, but farmers of Chenari in Samdrupjongkhar who depend on orange for cash income are worried.

There is not much to harvest this year, as their oranges are either dropping or trees dying.  Most orchards are filled with pale looking trees, with more oranges on the ground than on the trees.

Chenari tshogpa Namgay Wangdi said the orchards look [... Read More]

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