If the fund doesn’t come through, it could upset the 11th Plan apple cart
GoI: The government of India has, in writing, stated that they won’t be able to sanction Nu 660M grant for the fourth small development project (SDP) initiated in the 10th plan.
Finance minister Namgay Dorji said that was because the previous government refused to pay heed to certain procedures and guidelines that the two countries were required to adhere to.
“Some works [... Read More]
Parliament: The findings of the pay commission will be presented only in the third session of the Parliament, which will happen only sometime mid year.
Finance minister Namgay Dorji, in presenting the status of the pay commission’s report at the session yesterday, said upon the commission’s request, the government gave the pay commission a month’s time to wrap up the report.
The minister said the pay commission took longer to research and review because of [... Read More]
This piquant situation has arisen thanks to the many wrangles and delays that plagued the project
SC Complex: After being mired in controversy, which delayed its construction for about four years, the new Supreme Court complex in Hejo, Thimphu will be inaugurated next month.
But although March 14 is set as the inauguration date, it does not mean the court’s construction has been completed. “It may take another year to complete the entire project of [... Read More]
Interaction: Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse Rinpoche interacts with participants at the on-going “Excellence in Leadership and Management” workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. The six-day leadership training for young Buddhist leaders started on February 14. Representatives from various monasteries and lineages of Tibetan Buddhism from across Asia and the west are attending the program. The Khentse Foundation is funding the workshop, which ends today. Photo courtesy: [... Read More]
The payment for environmental services policy needs a proper framework so as to expand
PES: A give and take initiative of the department of forest and park services (DoFPS) could save natural resources, and even help reduce poverty in rural areas, if it gains momentum.
The policy, ‘payment for environmental services’ (PES), is a system, where an individual or an organisation utilising natural resources pays environmental service providers or those who take the initiative to [... Read More]
Crime: The high court bench two upheld Gelephu dungkhag court’s verdict against a police officer, who was sentenced to two years and 11 months in prison in October last year for child abuse.
The officer, major Tashi Tobgay, was charged with rape of a minor and solicitation of paedophilia, but the dungkhag court sentenced him for child abuse, and stated the initial charges could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt.
His grounds of appeal to [... Read More]
The trench cutter excavates one of the panels of the cutoff wall over the upstream cofferdam
Works on cut-off wall to reduce seepage from the dam is scheduled for completion on May 31 this year
Construction: A giant chisel weighing 13.5 tonnes drops from a certain height into one of the panels of trenches on the upstream cofferdam of the Mangdechhu project site.
A hydraulic machine called the trench cutter is inserted, follows into the panels and excavates the debris.
The process of constructing cut-off wall, a wall of concrete used adjacent [... Read More]
There is a Bhutanese phrase that sums up quite well the issue of our school students, especially in the context of the recent class XII results, where performance in English language and literature had drastically dropped.
Well this comes at a time when Bhutanese school are already being criticised for performing poorly in Dzongkha, the national language.
The phrase goes so: “Know not the language of the other, lose that of one’s own”.
Most schools in the country [... Read More]
Save for the auditorium and clearing of surroundings, the school’s construction is almost complete
For one thing, it will save the children their current hour-long walk to Langthel LSS
MHPA: The new school for Mangdechu hydropower project in Dangdung, Trongsa, once complete, will benefit about 25 students, who at present walk for at least an hour to Langthel lower secondary school.
Although it might not happen this academic session, the school construction, which is in its final stage, will be completed once the permanent powerhouse colony is done.
The academic [... Read More]
Couple wins Gold Medals: The SRM University in Tamil Nadu, India on February 9 awarded gold medals to a Bhutanese couple for their performance in their Masters Course. Sonam Dendup, the Gewog Administrative Officer in Tang, Bumthang, received Gold medal in Master of Arts in Public Administration by scoring CGPA 9.156 of 10. His wife Rinchen Lhamo, who completed her Master of Education [... Read More]