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Proposal to increase DSA for patients referred outside

The govt. though is finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet in this vital sector

Health: A proposal to revise the daily subsistence allowance (DSA) for patients referred outside the country will be forwarded to the lhengye zhungtshog by a health committee that was formed eight months ago.

Referred patients are paid Nu 150 per day as of now.

Health minister, Tandin Wangchuk, said, although the DSA paid for food and rent were not revised [... Read More]

Public consultation procedure standardised

A mandatory procedure to obtain mining licenses has been regulated to avoid misunderstandings and disputes

DGM: To standardise public consultation, which is mandatory for obtaining mining licenses, the department of geology and mines (DGM) has issued a guideline to the local government.

This guideline comes into place after the recent spate of conflicts between mine operators and communities in Thimphu and other mining areas.  The local governments, hereafter, must inform the date, venue and purpose [... Read More]

ScanCafe plans to upscale operations

scancafeProductivity: ScanCafe has found that its Bhutanese employees can perform at a very high global standard (Photo: Thimphu Techpark)

Employee productivity in Bhutan has proved at least 15 percent higher than in Bangalore

IT Park: After finding that employee productivity in Bhutan is at least 15 percent higher than its branch in Bangalore, ScanCafe, an international tenant at the IT park, plans to further upscale operations here.

ScanCafe is an American company that digitalises and organises videos and photos.  It began commercial operations at the IT Park in May, last year. It had been [... Read More]

Two charging stations in every dzongkhag

ADB has committed a grant of USD 0.360m to promote eco-friendly transport

E-Cars: With an Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) grant committed for eco-friendly transport in the country, the government will set up two charging stations each in every dzongkhag, two at every 50km, and a sufficient number in urban areas, especially Thimphu.

ADB had committed a grant of USD 0.360M to promote eco-friendly transport in the country for activities identified in the 11th Plan.

During his [... Read More]

Annual inflation rate on the rise : CPI

There has been an increase from 8.08 percent in the previous period to 8.71 percent now

NSB: The annual inflation rate from August last year to August this year stands at 8.71 percent, which is an increase from the 8.08 percent in the previous period (July 2013-July 2014).

The National Statistical Bureau’s consumer price index (CPI) states that, in the past 12 months, food price increased by 9.66 percent and non-food increased by 8.08 percent.

Prices [... Read More]

Unlicensed guides clutter up an already crowded field

In the event, tour operators are dealt with, according to rules and regulations in place

GAB: In the last seven months, the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s (TCB) monitoring team came across 16 unlicensed guides engaged by tour operators.

As the guides are unlicensed, TCB officials said they deal with the concerned tour operators directly.  Tour operators are issued a warning letter on the first instance and, if they repeat the offense, they are fined in [... Read More]

India still committed to 10,000MW by 2020

unnamedSuited and booted: Ambassador Bambawale is shown the progress of the project

The Indian ambassador made this assurance during a tour of the Mangdechu project

Visit: India is still committed to Bhutan’s target of achieving 10,000 megawatt (MW) of electricity by 2020, Indian ambassador to Bhutan Gautam Bambawale said, during a visit to Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHP) on October 9.

The ambassador assured this, despite the government of India’s indicating lack of fund for the Kuri-Gongri and Sunkosh projects and Amochu project for security reasons.

“I can [... Read More]

Govt. mulls over reopening lottery business

The government is looking into the possibilities of restarting the lottery business in the country.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday said it is easy to start the lottery business in the country. He, however, did not indicate when.

Lyonchhoen said starting online lottery is another possibility but Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority Act prohibits online gambling.

“We don’t know whether lottery could also be under the embed definition of gambling,” lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said.

Lyonchhoen said lottery is a [... Read More]

Picture story

President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Dr Chung Won Choue conferred an honorary seventh Dan black belt to His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck in appreciation and recognition of his contributions to the development of taekwondo in Bhutan.
Dr Choue was in the country for the WTF extraordinary council meeting held in Thimphu yesterday.
The WTF has awarded other [... Read More]

First Bhutan-ICIMOD day observed

HKH: Three decades after its inception and partnership with Bhutan, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) observed the first Bhutan-ICIMOD day yesterday in Thimphu.

The day was organised to ensure the centre is responding to the needs and specific priorities of the country in the implementation of the medium term action plan (MTAP-III 2013-17) for the eight region countries along the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH).

Under the MTAP-III, six regional programs – adaptation [... Read More]

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