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The bugbears of the mining business

Dzongdas draw attention to the problems that beset the sector 

Conference: Politicisation, unreasonable expectations from the community and favouritism are the biggest hurdles in the mining business, dzongdas pointed out, which, if not addressed, would barricade the government’s plan to establish a state mining corporation.

The issue was raised at the ongoing annual dzongda’s conference during their interaction with the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), yesterday.

Samtse dzongda, Karma Weezir, who raised the issue, said, [... Read More]

Indian ambassador visits Chukha hydropower project

DSC_0105Ambassador Bambawale leaves a testimonial on the CHP guest sign in book

Visit: India will assist and help Bhutan in whatever ways it can in its capacity, and priorities for assistance have to be laid by the people of Bhutan, the Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale, said, after his first visit to the Chukha Hydropower Project Corporation (CHPC)
yesterday.

“Both India and Bhutan are in the process of economic development and social progress,” the ambassador said, adding that, in this process, the two countries could [... Read More]

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Becoming a Better Human Being: 2,308 university graduates are attending the national graduates orientation programme, which begins today at the Royal Institute of Management, Thimphu. Of the total, 1,103 are from colleges in Bhutan and 1,205 from outside.

  

Local leaders petition against green tax

DT: Although unlikely that it will come through, local government leaders in Lhuentse, unhappy with the five percent green tax on fuel, have decided to submit a letter to the government to revisit its decision.

The issue was discussed during the recent dzongkhag tshogdu among local leaders from eight gewogs of Lhuentse.  They said the government is imposing a tax without consulting the people, who were the most affected.

Gangzur gup Karma said the five [... Read More]

Raising the bar

Dzongdas question trade officials on issues related to the sale of alcohol

Conference: Dzongdas at the annual conference questioned trade officials on the lack of clarity of regulations regarding transfer of bar licenses from a deceased to their kith and kin, and on locations of bars.

Samtse dzongda Karma Weezir raised the issue.  He said that, as per his understanding, regulation forbids transfer of bar license from a deceased to its kith and kin.

“It’s a [... Read More]

Cottage and small industries show impressive growth

This is a direct reversal of the decline registered in the previous fiscal

Report: The 11.3 percent growth of cottage and small industries (CSI) so far this year was ‘impressive’.

The CSI report for the period December 2013-July 2014 states that 1,701 cottage and small industries came into operation within the first seven months this year.  The total stands at 14,249.

Last year, the number declined by about 4.7 percent compared with the 2012.

Thimphu region recorded [... Read More]

Editorial

Detest retest

The news of having to reappear an examination is the last thing any university graduate wants to hear.  Therefore, some graduates of the BB Pradhan Management College in Kalimpong frantically called the Kuensel reporter to stop carrying the story about the possibility of having to re-sit their final semester exam.

They fear that they would be disallowed to sit for the civil service entry examination after completing the preliminary stage. Following some cheating case during the [... Read More]

Enhancing climate resilience

A joint DHMS/WB venture to upgrade disaster preparedness in the face of global warming

Training: Climate change is upon us, whether we have the courage to accept it or not.  Bhutan is a mountainous country with rugged terrain that’s ‘highly prone’ to hydro-meteorological hazards, including windstorms, landslides, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), flash floods, river floods, landslide dam outburst floods, cloudbursts and river erosion, among others.  Having knowledge of all these is one thing, [... Read More]

Dedicated budget for internal auditors advocated

Separate funding would guarantee the integrity and independence of the organisation

IA Training: Internal auditors (IA) suggest a separate budget to enable them to work independently as mandated in their job responsibilities, at the ongoing  training for internal auditors in Thimphu.

IAs said they could not plan their activities properly, as they have to depend on the availability of their organisation’s budget, and added that the dependence on the organisation for budget jeopardises their independence.

An [... Read More]

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The first hearing of the mining case between 27 households of Gidaphu and mining companies was held yesterday at the Thimphu district court. On August 26, mining companies will give the rebuttal against the community’s petition to suspend mining activities in their locality.

  

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