RAA: The quality of services McKinsey and Co provided was not commensurate with the amount paid, according to the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) report on consultancy and procurement services.
McKinsey and Co. was awarded consultancy works worth Nu 443M, which constituted nine percent of the government’s expenditure (Nu 4.6B), incurred in procuring consultancy services in the last five years.
The previous government that hired the international consultancy firm said they were “satisfied” with the services [... Read More]
Thromde’s survey head explains the map to TCC’s legal officer
After seven years of litigation, the thromde hands over the taxi-parking space to Tashi
Land: After seven years in court, the Thimphu thromde finally handed over the taxi-parking area, located adjacent to the fuel station at Lungtenzampa, to Tashi Commercial corporation (TCC), yesterday.
This came following a Supreme Court verdict in August, which ruled that TCC owned the taxi parking area. Court judgments have gone in favour of TCC since 2007, when the case was [... Read More]
After almost a decade since the Tenancy Act came into effect, it is up for amendment today.
However, this time the move is triggered not so much because tenants complain about erratic rent hikes, but it is seen as an embarrassment to legislators who framed the law that is made out to be a joke.
Although the Act was crafted at a different time, it is this law that people associate parliamentarians with to mock the many [... Read More]
Potatoes are selling at record price in Gelephu
Inflation: Price of potatoes touched Nu 40 a kilogram over the weekend in the border town of Gelephu worrying residents who said it is the highest so far.
The soaring price of the essential vegetable is attributed to the shortage of potatoes from across the border. The potatoes are brought from Phobjikha in Wangduephodrang and Hongtsho in Thimphu. Retailers said they had no control over the price as transportation cost forced them to sell [... Read More]
Market: The newly inaugurated FRSS building at Dengzor village
31 households of Dengzor village now have an outlet for their farm produce
Agriculture: Flipping slowly through the pages of the sales register, sales representative at the newly established community farmer’s roadside shop (FRSS) in Dengzor village, Deki, counts Nu 57,000.
This is the income from sale of farm produce for the first month sold from the roadside shop, set up as a cooperative development between the horticulture research and development project (HRDP) and the [... Read More]
Restrictions on foreign filmmakers cut off a vital outlet to promote tourism
Workshop: While films and documentaries had a huge potential to promote Bhutan as a tourist destination, the procedures and royalty made it difficult for foreign filmmakers to enter the country, tourism officials and local filmmakers say.
“Films and documentaries have a huge impact, as we are talking about visuals,” tourism council of Bhutan’s head of marketing and promotion department, Damcho Rinzin, said.
Given such [... Read More]
Two women engineers of Druk Green Power Corporation, Pema Yangden and Karma Pelden won the India Power Awards, 2013, as mid-level managers at a function in Hyderabad on November 22. Pema Yangden, a deputy executive engineer (Electrical), and Karma Pelden, assistant engineer (Civil), were recognised by the Council of Power Utilities for their contribution in the development of power sector. (Photo courtesy: DGPC)
Possible predators on the prowl in Phobjikha
Phobjikha: The increasing number of stray dogs in the black-necked cranes’ winter habitat of Phobjikha valley and Khotokha is becoming a concern for Wangdue dzongkhag administration, which recently received reports of strays chasing cranes.
Wangdue dzongrab, Pema, said villagers informed the dzongkhag administration that dogs are attacking the endangered birds in Khotokha, where seven cranes arrived as of yesterday. Every winter between five to seven cranes roost in Khotokha.
It is same in the Phobjikha [... Read More]
The number of new registrations seems to contradict the import ban, but really do not
Vehicles: A picture of a new white Wagon-R on social media recently led many to wonder if the government has lifted the ban on the import of vehicles altogether.
Many Bhutanese resorted to buying used cars, boosting the second hand car business, and leading to the establishment of many such businesses around the country.
“Has the government lifted the ban?” a [... Read More]
Trading sectors contributed the highest revenue, or more than 36 percent of the total revenue
Report: Contribution to the national revenue was highest from the trading sector at Nu 7.8B, or 36.4 percent of the country’s total revenue of Nu 21B for fiscal year 2012-2013.
Revenue for the sector came in the form of corporate and business tax from trading units, excise duty refund from India and sales tax and customs duty.
Contributions from this sector [... Read More]