• No transfer, no salary

    To ensure that transferred health professionals leave to their new workplace, the health ministry’s human resource committee had written to the medical superintendent of JDWNRH and the dzongkhags to stop payment of salary to health personnel who are not relieved with immediate effect. The April 11 letter stated that as mandated by section 14.7.5 of the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2018, civil servants who are transferred should be relieved within 30 days from the date issue of the transfer order. Health professionals are civil servants.

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AM with PM: A dialogue with the Prime Minister

The programme began with the Supreme Court officials yesterday

To improve communications across all sectors, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering yesterday initiated the AM with PM programme with the Supreme Court officials. “It is imperative that people and all agencies understand the intentions of the government. Important decisions have to be conveyed, misperceptions cleared and policies elaborated,” the prime …

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The Chairperson and the four members of the Royal Civil Service Commission completed their five-year term as the second Commission on March 29

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Waste entrepreneurs and their challenges 

The national waste entreprenuers

A waste management firm in Paro, Druk Waste Management, received a call from a shopkeeper a month ago. It was after 6pm but since the woman said it was an emergency, the employees of the firm attended the call past their working hour. An employee, Ratan Guring, said the woman had stacks of expired juiceboxes for disposal. Since …

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Man gets life sentence for setting ex-wife alight

A 27-year-old single mother succumbed to injuries she sustained after her ex-husband set her alight. After battling second degree burns to half her body for more than a month Kencho Wangmo died on October 23 last year at the national referral hospital. She left behind a three-year old daughter, who …

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Villagers hope for permanent bridge in Chhuthana

Temporary: A wooden bridge over Amochhu at Chhuthana

With the recent rainfall in Samtse and the impending monsoon, villagers of Ngatse and Thangdokha under Gakidling Gewog in Haa are worried about the bridge over Amochhu at Chhuthana. The temporary wooden bridge connects Ngatse and Thangdokha to Samtse-Haa highway. People said the bridge could be washed away anytime and …

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LPG shortage continues in Gelephu

Despite the shortage, there are no takers for the available non-subsidised LPG

The regional liquid petroleum gas (LPG) outlet in Gelephu has run out of subsidised LPG cylinders for the second time since March 23. The shortage of subsidised LPG continues even after the resumption of the monthly 120 metric tonn (MT) of LPG for the regional outlet from March. To read …

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A sad prospect after 19 years with NFE

Only 50 percent completes the NFE course

In 2001, Sonam Zangpo from Zunglen in Mongar dropped out of school to work as a non-formal education (NFE) instructor. The 37-year-old NFE instructor runs a small grocery shop to support his family during the day and goes to teach his nine adult learners in the evening in Zunglen Primary …

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Mangdechhu project spins a turbine

The testing of the first generating unit of the Mangdechhu hydropower project was successful. Managing director of the project, A K Mishra said the testing was done to record the rotation per minute (RPM) and possible vibration and noise on March 30. “We recorded 375 RPM. It was very successful,” …

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ADB to support health facilities manage waste in eight dzongkhags 

To manage waste effectively, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) would support health facilities in eight dzongkhags through grants in the 12th Plan. Programme analyst with Infection Control and Medical Waste Management Programme with the health ministry, Pem Zam said that an ADB project would support health facilities to build the …

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Works to chart mineral resource development plan begin soon

This is JICA’s first project in the mining sector

Works to chart the mineral resources development plan, a critical component in developing the mining sector in the country, will begin from August this year. Gross National Happiness Commission’s secretary, JICA’s chief representative, Kozo Watanabe, and Department of Geology and Mines’ director general, Phuntsho Tobgay, on March 28 signed the …

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Lone waste firm in Mongar struggles to sustain

Waste segregated from the source disposed at the landfill

While there is mounting waste generation in Mongar, the lone waste collecting firm in the dzongkhag is struggling to collect enough plastic waste to sustain. The firm, We Care, collects at least four tonnes of plastic waste in a month from the core town area and its nearby residential areas. …

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