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Rural electrification qualifies for carbon credits

UNFCCC: Bhutan is expected to earn about Nu 3.7M (million)  (56,000 euros) annually starting next year for reducing carbon emission, after it fulfilled the commitment made at the Kyoto protocol.

This was made possible after the rural electrification project got registered as a ‘clean development mechanism’ (CDM) project, the biggest trans-boundary CDM activity under UN framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC).


Bhutan wins!

DSC_6376The small Bhutanese community in Sri Lanka cheer for team Bhutan (Photo courtesy: Deepak Rai)

Football: Team Bhutan made football history when it beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in its first ever appearance in a World Cup qualifier, yesterday.

Bhutan adopted a defensive formation of 4-1-4-1 from the very start, disrupting several Sri Lankan attacks, on their home turf at Sugathadasa stadium in Colombo.

Bhutan’s defensive approach eventually paid off when central mid-fielder, Tshering Dorji, scored the winning and only goal of the match in the 86th minute.

The goal was scored following a deep run into the box by striker Chencho. His cross was deflected by the Sri Lankan keeper but the ball found its way to Tshering, who was just inside the edge of the penalty area. Controlling the ball with his left, he swiftly took advantage of the opening in the Sri Lankan defence and slammed the ball into the back of the Sir Lankan net with his right.


Cutting their nose to spite their face?

Trongsa DT decides to discontinue alternative dispute resolution in wake of detained gup issue 

Judiciary: Judicial services across the country could be affected if Trongsa dzongkhag tshogdu (DT)’s recent proposed change in the local government rules and regulations clause of mediation and conciliation of civil cases comes through, according to local leaders and villagers.

The DT recently passed a resolution to discontinue alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in villages, after the district court detained Langthel gup, Lham Dorji, for 24 hours for contempt of court.  The gup had failed to show up in court as a witness for a monetary dispute the gewog had earlier resolved.


Work hard and excel: HM

20150311-2C4A7356Audience: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen with the 174 scholarship recipients

Education: His Majesty the King and the Gyaltsuen yesterday granted an audience to 174 scholarship recipients who would be leaving abroad for higher studies.

His Majesty the King congratulated the class XII graduates for their achievements, and said they must now compete and excel among students from across the world.

His Majesty advised them to continue working hard and become capable individuals, who can contribute positively to their families, communities, and the nation.

His Majesty reminded the students that along with academic excellence, it was vital for individuals to be emotionally intelligent in order to succeed.


Measures taken to optimise expenses

The finance ministry cracks the whip to impose some sort of fiscal discipline

Budget: Planning for a study tour or organising an in-country training?

These activities, sources say, usually happen in the last quarter of the financial year, because government agencies tend to rush to spend the remaining budget allocated for non-developmental capital works.

To curb unnecessary spending, the finance ministry yesterday notified that it would review the preceding quarterly budget releases and expenditure, while strictly releasing the budget as per the budget utilisation plan.


Situation still unresolved

A new ‘report’ between college and consultancy affords students cold comfort 

Bengaluru: While the rest are expected to meet the chairman of the Indo Asian Academy in Bengaluru, India today, about eight of the 195 Bhutanese students have decided to leave the college, after they were asked to pay the fees in full starting this semester.

All 195 Bhutanese students were admitted in the college last July through the Careerinfo Bhutan consultancy under the college’s financial aid programme.  Following the fees issue, the head of the Careerinfo Bhutan, Wangdi, visited the college to sort out the “misunderstanding.”


Dzongkhag retracts school closure decision

The primary school, however, will now continue as an extended classroom

Education: Following an appeal from parents of 12 students to not close Banjar primary school in Mongar, the dzongkhag decided to keep the school open, but as an extended classroom, starting this academic session.

Farmer Sithar Dorji, 50, said some parents have already sent their children to their relatives in Samdrupjongkhar and Thimphu for schooling, while others have kept their children home.


A rash decision?

“I’ll make you bask in the sun for days.”

This is not a well-intended line.  Villagers often say this when they quarrel or have disputes.  It is rather a threat, as litigants have to report to court and wait, and wait in the sun more oft than not.


Project manager pleads not guilty

DSC06828Lhakhang Karpo

Lhakhang Karpo: The project manager of Lhakhang Karpo conservation project, Wangchuk Tshering, pleaded not guilty, saying the fund that he is charged with having embezzled was utilised legally.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has accused him with two embezzlement charges, involving sums of Nu 74,985 and Nu 55,380, for using ghost labourers in the muster roll.

Wangchuk Tshering, however, rebutted last week that he hadn’t misused the money. “Therefore, I’m not liable for legal action for the charges framed on me as per section 52 (1) (a) of the Anti Corruption Act, 2011,” he said.


Civil servants’ performance to be measured from next FY

APA: Performance agreement deliberations for the new fiscal would begin soon with the deadline to submit the annual performance agreements ending on March 8 for central agencies.

The annual performance agreements (APA) enter the implementation phase, after the completion of the pilot phase at the end of this budget year in June.

APA is one of the measures the government has taken to improve good governance.