Thursday, May 28th, 2015 - 8:01 PM
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Possible breakthrough in airport extension plans

Aviation: In a significant development that should solve congestion problems at the Paro international airport, the Indian government has indicated it is open to relocating the Indian air force (IAF) camp there.

The Indian government has also indicated that it is open to modifying its technical assistance to the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA), formerly the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), in reference to management of air traffic services (ATS) within Bhutan.


Cooling-off period for ex-politicos cut down to one year

The new dispensation comes into effect immediately

RCSC: Those wanting to join the civil service after withdrawing from a political party need not wait for three years to cool off.  The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has reduced the “cooling-off” period to one year from three.

The decision came after the commission amended section of the Bhutan Civil Service Rules and Regulations, 2012 (BCSR) during its 26th commission meeting on April 7.   The section stated that a candidate shall not be eligible to appear BCSE if he/she has participated in politics and not completed the required “cooling-off” period of three years.


MHP cost shoots up to 45 billion

unnamedWork-in-progress: The rescheduled project deadline is March 2018

Hydropower: The construction cost of Mangdechhu Hydropower Project (MHP) is going to escalate to Nu 45 billion when the project completes by its rescheduled deadline in March 2018.

The cost of the project was initially estimated at Nu 28.96 billion. The project is also delayed by six months, pushing back its earlier commissioning schedule of September 2017 to March 2018.

While the revised project cost calculated on March 31, 2015 price level was Nu 42.81 billion, it is however going to ratchet up to Nu 45 billion by March 2018 – 64 percent rise in cost.


Solving unemployment issue is government’s priority: PM

Jobs: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has said that employment rates are falling.

Speaking during the meet the press on Thursday, he said that people have been slamming the government that there are not enough employment opportunities for people.

“Yes, that’s why we are concerned. That’s why we have promised full employment,” said the Prime Minister.

However, he said that achieving full employment in one or two years is simply not possible. “But unemployment rate is falling.”


Govt. takes ACC seriously: PM

Lyonchoen provides examples to back up his claim

Meet the press: Amidst reports of complacency towards corruption, the prime minister, Tshering Tobgay, during the meet the press on Thursday clarified that the government had been taking ACC’s recommendations seriously and abiding by them.


A good reform, indeed

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has reduced the ‘cooling period’ for those who joined political parties and now wish to enter civil service to one year from three. It is a welcome move.

Cooling period of three years was ‘unnecessarily long” indeed. And many fell prey to the consequences, especially young graduates, who tried their luck at the elections without understanding the repercussions if they failed to win a seat.


ENT camp in east treats more than 1, 000 patients

DSC01629Thai doctors examine patients at Trashigang general hospital

Health: More than 1,300 people from across the eastern region of the country were examined and treated during the mobile ENT (ear, nose, throat) camp that ended in Trashigang on Thursday.

Of the total, about 90 patients with cases related to ears and nose underwent surgery during the four-day camp. A volunteer team of doctors from Thailand, Canada and the USA carried out the surgery.

Camp coordinator from the Ministry of Health (MoH), Rinchen Namgyel, said the camp was organised to reach special medical care to the rural population.


Legal system loopholes allow the corrupt an escape route

ACC feels corruption does not get due come-uppance due to certain judicial shortcomings 

Report: The basis of “not proven beyond reasonable doubt” that the judiciary uses in treating similar corruption cases differently is one of the main challenges the Anti Corruption Commission is facing today.

According to the commission’s annual report 2014 released last week, the judiciary’s reasoning of regulatory bodies having failed to perform their duties or a committee approved it has resulted in the acquittal of cases or reduction of sentences or restitution figures.


Progress report on Drametse monastery renovation project

IMG_1990Nu 300 million will be spent on renovating the Drametse monastery

Heritage: Renovation works on the Drametse monastery that began last year are in full swing.

Coordinated and supervised by Sungtrul rinpoche, the head of Drametse Gomdey dratshang, villagers from three gewogs are contributing labour.  The renovation team also includes local carpenters and masons.

They are currently working on the ground floor of the monastery, where windows, roofs, and decayed wooden structures are being replaced in keeping with the original structure and design of the monastery.


“We’re not the happiest people on earth” : PM

Report 2015: Bhutanese are not the happiest people on earth, and this is a truth that escapes many of us, said Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

The prime minister said that Bhutan being ranked at 79 among 158 countries in the World Happiness Report 2015 should not really be a concern. How we are ranked will ultimately be based on  the measurement, what is measured and how it is measured.