Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - 2:17 AM
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An idea whose time has gone?

When the in-service bachelor’s degree programme was initiated by the Royal Civil Service Commission, it was welcomed and appreciated by all.

It acknowledged the need for employees to upgrade their education for career enhancement and professionalism.  That good move, however, over recent years, has proved to be a challenge and has gained criticism.

Firstly, offices in various ministries were faced with a human resource challenge.  This affected service delivery or work output and achievement.

Secondly, the performance of [... Read More]

Dungsum Polymers yet to maximise production

DSC_5785Underproduction: DPL has been able to utilise only about 35 percent of its production capacity of 100,000 plastic polythene bags a day

There has however been a rise from 20 percent of total capacity in 2012 to 35 percent now

Industry: Dungsam Polymers limited (DPL) in Nganglam, Pemagatshel, has so far been able to utilise only about 35 percent of its production capacity of 100,000 plastic polythene bags a day.

This, company officials said, had picked up from the 20 percent utilisation of production capacity in 2012, after it went operational in March, the same year.  Business, [... Read More]

Potatoes fetch premium prices

DSC05945Hard work : Farmers ferry potatoes to the storage room

Phobjikha farmers are encouraged by the initial high returns for their produce 

Auction: Potato-growing communities of Phobjikha valley, Wangduephodrang, have begun transporting their main cash crop to the Food Corporation of Bhutan’s (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing.

With the crop fetching twice what they earned last year, farmers are happy.  Some are still harvesting the rest of their yield after which it will be sorted, graded and packed to be taken to Phuentsholing.

Almost all farmers [... Read More]

Labourers build school unsupervised

unnamed-3Dzongkhag officials examine raw materials during a surprise quality check

Construction of Mendrelgang PS suspended following quality surprise check

Monitoring: The Tsirang dzongkhag quality assessment and monitoring team has suspended the construction of Mendrelgang primary school after it found, among others, only labourers involved in building the school.

The contract to build the school was awarded two months ago.

Nu 5.8M has been allocated to construct the primary school.

The quality monitoring and assessment is conducted by a team of dzongkhag officials every month.

The team suspended construction [... Read More]

First Bhutanese in UN peacekeeping mission

img12121His Majesty the King and lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with Lt Col Kinley Wangdi and Major Ugyen Wangchuk (right)

RBA/RBG: In a historic move for the country and armed forces, Bhutan is now participating in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions.

Two royal Bhutan army (RBA) and one royal body guards (RBG) officers recently left the country to serve as peacekeepers in the Middle East and Africa.  They will don the distinctive blue beret or helmet worn by UN peacekeepers and serve under the UN flag.

RBA lt col Ngawang Jigme has been assigned as [... Read More]

HM grants land kidu to 6,718 households

20140916-907A6170A girl offers flowers to Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen during the public tokha in Zhemgang yesterday

Visit: His Majesty the King granted land kidu to 6,718 households including those who were eligible for land substitution in Zhemgang.

The kidu is part of His Majesty’s ongoing land reform across the country. His Majesty is on a tour of the central regions of the country.

Addressing the people from various parts of Zhemgang dzongkhag, His Majesty said that land is central to the lives of the people because land provides security of inheritance, [... Read More]

Trashigang gups seek answers from tshogpon

They asked particularly about the Bolero pickup promised during the campaign

Visit: Local leaders in Trashigang were left disappointed after their first meeting with the National Assembly Speaker Jigme Zangpo yesterday.

Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo visited the dzongkhag and met with the members of the dzongkhag tshogdu (DT).

Local leaders said they had many questions for the speaker, but were not given enough time to ask. “It was such a disappointment as we rarely get to meet [... Read More]

Improvements anticipated with autonomy

Expectations are high for better service delivery from the national referral hospital

JDWNRH: Service delivery and management of the national referral hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu are expected to increase with the hospital now becoming fully autonomous.

The hospital will shoulder its responsibility as an autonomous body, with full powers vested in the board and management team of the hospital.

With autonomy, JDWNRH expects to better manage their resources, and enhance motivation of service providers, and ultimately [... Read More]

Pumping facility to end decades of water problems

Thangu: With a new 30,000 litre water-pumping station constructed, the village of Thangu in Wangduephodrang sees an end to decades of water problems.

Constructed under the Indian government funded small development program, the facility will supply water to 25 households.  The pumping station was constructed at a cost of Nu 1.5M in a span of two months.

Until 2003, residents of Thangu depended on manually fetching water from the Punatshangchu.

The water was used for everything [... Read More]


What for the festive season

The only preparation visible, besides the monks practising dances for the Thimphu tshechu, is the space reserved by shopkeepers and vendors along Norzin lam.  The road will be closed for traffic and, for three days, it will be an open market.

Sales thrive as shopkeepers use the space to clear their old stock at cheaper prices, and tshechu goers and shoppers take advantage of the so called “sale”.  But there is trouble waiting.  It was quite [... Read More]

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