Thursday, August 21st, 2014 - 6:05 PM

Bypass roadwork destroys irrigation channel

IMG_5364Bulungrho water source

Some 40 households from Wengkhang and Dangdung are victims of collateral damage, as it were

DoR: Some 40 households from Wengkhang and Dangdung in Langthel, Trongsa are unable to complete paddy plantation, as their only irrigation water source in Bulungrhochu has been disrupted after the department of roads (DoR) dumped muck from the construction of Refee-Koshala bypass road above the water source.

The irrigation channel was destroyed, after DoR moved the debris to Burgangchu and [... Read More]

Steps being taken to defang the national game

10552375_4510752144412_395-copyMissing the mark: A compound bow arrow shot from the archery range missed the target and landed inside the football stadium in Changlimithang recently. (Photo:Pema Rinchen, Druk United)

However, for the safety measures to filter down to the villages may take quite a while

Archery: Bhutan Indigenous Games and Sport Association (BIGSA) will hereafter not allow players to draw sideways and up while playing archery.  The decision comes after two people were hit with arrow in Haa recently.

The president of BIGSA, Kinzang Dorji, said that, with the increase in the number of archery-related injures, the association has come up with new rules.  [... Read More]

9-man Druk United put four across Bhutan Clearing

IMG_0667Defenders: Bhutan Clearing players (blue) deny Druk United from scoring

Football: Druk United’s nine-man team thrashed Bhutan Clearing 4-0 at the end of the first round of the Coca Cola’s Bhutan national league on August 6.

Defender Ugyen Tsheten from Druk United broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, when he scored the first goal of the match.  Six minutes later, Chencho Gyeltshen headed home a neat cross and scored the second goal.

However, Ugyen Tsheten was shown a red card when his kick landed [... Read More]


Yangphel Open knockout begins today

Archery: Elimination matches for the 18th Yangphel Open archery tournament begin today between 12 teams at both archery ranges in Changlimithang.

Six teams will play in the morning and another six after lunch for 15 rounds.  From the 12 teams, four will qualify for the quarterfinals.

There are 72 teams, who have qualified out of 250 teams from across the country for the elimination shootout.  The elimination round ends on August 13.

Off the 72 teams, [... Read More]

Industrialists submit second appeal

Tariff: For the second time since the power tariff was revised in October last year, the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the Association of Bhutanese Industries (ABI) have sought government intervention.

Yesterday, they submitted the profitability analysis to the economic affairs ministry, after studying the financial performance and implication of the revised tariff of five heavy voltage (HV) and medium voltage (MV) industries, and hotels each.

The secretary general of BCCI, Phub [... Read More]

Competition gets even more cutthroat

There is one govt. service slot available for every seven aspirant graduates this year

RCSC: In what is being called a response to actual needs, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) this year announced 436 vacancies in the civil service, which is 68 less than what was taken in last year.

This means, at least seven graduates from the 3,254, who have registered for the preliminary examination this weekend, will be competing for one job [... Read More]

JICA to help reconstruct three bridges along Thimphu-Trashigang highway

IMG_5634Representatives from JICA, GNHC and DoR sign the minutes of the meeting

MoU: Three bridges along the Thimphu to Trashigang highway, the lifespan of which have expired, will be reconstructed with support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Chuzomsa and Nikachu bridges under Wangduephodrang, and Zalamchu bridge between Trongsa and Wangduephodrang are the bridges that will be reconstructed.

Minutes of the discussion for the preparatory survey, which began last month was signed yesterday between department of roads (DoR), JICA and the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC).

The survey, [... Read More]

Monks return with diploma course in Japan

unnamed-3Thinley Norbu(left) and Thukten Wangchuk

Arts and Crafts: Two monks, Thinley Norbu and Thukten Wangchuk,  are eager to share their skills in traditional Japanese arts and crafts, which they learnt from the Traditional Arts Super College of Kyoto in Japan.

Previously apprenticing at the Institute of Zorig Chusum of the zhung dratshang in Trongsa, the monks were selected from 40 to attend the two years, three months diploma course.  The men had never travelled outside the country before.

Thinley and [... Read More]


Compact and efficient

It’s official.  The size of the civil service will not get bigger.

The organisational development (OD) exercise has been initiated, and all decentralised recruitment frozen.

The latest development is the announcement of vacancies in the civil service, which has been reduced by 68 slots compared with last year.  Only 436 of the 3,254 graduates, who have registered for the preliminary examinations, will be taken in.

These are bold actions and geared towards a compact and efficient civil service.  [... Read More]

Civil servants couples will both be eligible for allowance

House rent: Civil servant couples occupying government quarters will both be eligible for the 20 percent house rent allowance of the revised salary, finance minister Namgay Dorji said.

The house rent would be paid directly to the national housing development corporation (NHDC), only after debiting the rent allowance from the employee on whose name the rental unit is registered. With that done, his or her spouse would also be eligible for the rent allowance [... Read More]

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