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Kholongchu on the cusp of a sea change

IMG_20140720_143635Kholongchu flowing between Tomzhang and Zangpozor

The serene bucolic valley will soon be the hub of a major hydropower project

KHP: Almost heaven, Trashiyangtse, Blue Ridge mountains, Kholongchu river…

Smitten by the beauty of the valley, some Sherubtsean, long ago composed a Bhutanese version of John Denver’s famous song “Take me home, country road” from the 1970s.

The serene valley, with the Kholongchu rushing down to meet the Dangmechu, the rice fields and the slopes dotted with small settlements, is typical of [... Read More]

Gewogs wants dzongkhag administrative centre relocated

As the present site is not centrally located, local leaders feel it’s not at all convenient

DT: The Zhemgang dzongkhag administration centre is not centrally located and has to be shifted to a more ideal location for efficient public service delivery.

This is what local leaders, and most people in upper and lower Kheng, including Bardho, Shingkhar, Phangkhar and Bjoka, feel.  Bardho gup, Kinzang Jurmey, said that the dzongkhag administration’s existing location in Zhemgang is [... Read More]

House rent allowance under review

Inconsistencies in implementation have necessitated a relook one month after its introduction

Education: A month after it came into effect, the government is reviewing the 20 percent house rent allowance, following anomalies that have arisen its in implementation.

Finance minster Namgay Dorji said the house rent allowance scheme, which is a new policy, which the government initiated and implemented, is under review. “The decisions of how to pay HRA are very fair, but certain anomalies [... Read More]

20 tigers spotted by camera traps in the south

DSC_0078Environment: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay opens the three-day National Parks’ Conferenceyesterday at the convention centre in Thimphu.

Preliminary report released on ongoing tiger survey of southern belt

Wildlife: The wildlife conservation division has identified 20 tigers in the southern region from May to June this year, as a part of its first nationwide tiger survey that began in February.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay launched the preliminary report for the southern belt yesterday at the wildlife conference in Thimphu.

The preliminary report further states that 543 pictures and 32 videos were obtained from 650 [... Read More]

Dzongdas’ meet finance behind closed doors

The ‘hush-hush’ issues were additional budget, procurement rules, house rent, travel, and daily allowances

Conference: The 21st dzongdas’ conference in Thimphu yesterday discussed, behind closed doors, not less than 14 issues related to the finance ministry.

Requirement of additional budget, procurement rules, house rent, travel, and daily allowances were discussed between the dzongdas and finance ministry officials.

Requirement of contingency fund in the dzongkhag annual budget to be incurred on ad hoc activities and emergencies was [... Read More]

Sales boom post import ban lift

The increase in taxes has not daunted people from placing their orders in droves

Vehicles: The increase in sales tax, custom duty and green tax had not deterred people from buying vehicles, going by the number of vehicles sold since the ban was lifted.

In just more than a month after the ban on the import of cars was lifted, vehicle dealers in the country have received orders for more than 300 cars.

Singye Agencies in [... Read More]

Editorial

Fair and square

That the National Land Commission is going to ensure landowners are adequately compensated or land substitute provided before their land is acquired comes as a huge relief to landowners.

Land, to repeat the cliché again, is a sensitive issue in the country.  As it is scarce and dear, nobody wants to part with it, especially people whose holdings are limited.  With numerous projects in the pipeline, a lot of private land will have to be acquired [... Read More]

Is job creation within a dzongkhag’s capacity?

IMG_5082The annual dzongda conference ends today

Not without a proper policy and adequate resources, feel most dzongdas

Conference: Decentralisation of employment services to local government and dzongkhags, as stated in the national employment policy, could take time without a proper policy and lack of resources for dzongdas to shoulder the responsibility.

The issue was raised at the annual dzongda’s conference yesterday.

The national employment policy 2013 that was launched last month states that local government and dzongkhags will also be responsible for [... Read More]

MoE holds trailblazing teleconference

DSC_9730The first ever video conference between education ministry officials and its regional officials

It’s the first ministry to use the technology for a meeting with dzongkhag officials 

E-Governance: In a move towards adopting technology for governance, the education ministry conducted a tele or videoconference with its regional offices, yesterday.

This is the first time a government ministry has utilised video conferencing technology to hold a large scale meeting with officials based in other dzongkhags.  At least nine dzongkhags took part in the videoconference.

While picture and audio quality was [... Read More]

Jorden makes to Yangphel’s quarterfinals

IMG_1302Jorden celebrates victory

Archery: In a penalty shootout between Jorden United and Samyued Bhutan, Jorden United beat Samyued and booked a place at the 18th Yangphel Archery Tournament’s  quarterfinal.

Samyued had only a sa karey when all of the team’s five players had their chance. Jorden United’s last man hit the target to win the game.

Had Samyued Bhutan managed to hit a target at the 15th round of the tournament, it would have proved difficult for Jorden [... Read More]

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