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On the rise again

Price of timber shoot despite government fixed arte in place

Timber: The price of sawn timer, at least in the capital, is going back to the 2012 levels, when construction was booming and timber prices skyrocketed.

Despite the price being fixed by a national resource pricing committee, sawn timber is sold  much higher than the fixed price today. To ensure that natural resources are available, accessible and affordable to the general public and for the [... Read More]

1,993 vehicles imported in five months

DSC_2866Rush hour: Traffic along Norzin lam, Thimphu

With or without tax revision, import of vehicles continue to rise

Imports: About 13 new vehicles hit the roads everyday after the government lifted the ban on import of vehicles since last July.

Records with Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) show that a total of 1,993 vehicles were imported in five months since July. From 63 new registrations in July, the highest was imported in November with 604 registrations. In a month, about 398 [... Read More]


The corporate salary revision

The suspense continues.  It has been six months since the civil servants’ salary was revised with the 20 percent housing allowance they enjoyed getting clubbed to the raise.

The trend in the past was that an automatic raise followed for the thousands working in companies under the Druk Holding and Investment (DHI) and the state owned enterprises or corporations. The silence on the raise for the corporations is speaking volumes. Should there be an automatic raise [... Read More]

GNH is gaining momentum

10834918_10203554932739680_8909127548413681067_oSaamdu speaks at Ideas Conclave 2014 at Goa recently (File photo)

Mega GNH events scheduled in the country in October

GNH: If the attraction to Gross National Happiness (GNH) at international conferences is any indication, momentum for GNH has gained pace.

Executive director of GNH Centre in Bumthang, Dr Saamdu Chhetri, is busy preparing for a “GNH mission in Europe” where he has been invited to talk on GNH starting January 25. He has just returned from the “Ideas Conclave 2014” held at Goa, India.

Bhutan has [... Read More]

Farm road to ease life in Tongling

unnamedTongling village

SDP: With the budget for Tongling pam-Kharangpagpa farm road approved, villagers of Tongling chiwog in Radhi gewog are looking forward to a better life.

Government of India, through its small development project (SDP) has committed Nu 3M for construction of a farm road that would benefit about 80 households of Tongling, Khatoe, Khamoe and Kharangpagpa villages.

Although the budget was approved for construction of a kilometer long farm road, the gewog would be constructing about [... Read More]

Through the lens of the young

photoA participant share her skills with the tutors

A volunteer group train students in basic photography

Photography: Jigme Wangmo, 15, a student of Jampeling higher secondary school from Trashigang had never held a sophisticated camera before.

It was the first time she fiddled with a Canon DSLR camera during the photography workshop that is being conducted in Thimphu. The weeklong workshop began yesterday.

With an awkward movement of hands and flushed face, Jigme Wangmo started clicking pictures of anything she saw through the lenses. [... Read More]

Tradition at risk

DSC01274Women at the loom in Tshangkhar village

Textile: Days are getting colder. This is the time of year when women in Radhi, Trashigang are fully engaged in weaving bura (raw silk) ghos and kiras.

Radhi is known for exquisite bura textiles and traditional dyes. However, not many women in Radhi weave. There aren’t many women left. Education and development have sent many  young woman of this village to bigger cities looking for job.

Yeshey Choden is one of the few weavers left [... Read More]

FDI policy relaxed to attract investors

33 FDI projects worth Nu 24.7B approved in last five years

FDI: Foreign direct investment (FDI) firms earning non-convertible currency and Indian rupee can now repatriate their dividends in convertible currency like US dollar, Euro and Great Britain Pound.

FDI companies involved in service activities in the priority list like hotels, where investment in the project was made in convertible currency and earning non-convertible currencies, are now allowed to purchase convertible currency up to USD [... Read More]

No indication on corporate salary raise

Pay: More than six months after salaries for civil servants were revised, pay raise for corporate employees is unlikely to come anytime soon.

The finance ministry has not decided anything on the corporate salary raise. Finance secretary, Lam Dorji said the ministry has to propose the revision, which would be put up to the Cabinet for approval.

“But, as of now the ministry has not decided anything,” he said.

The norm in the past was that [... Read More]

B. Ed vacancies slashed by more than half

Employment: Nima Zangmo chose to become a teacher. The 23-year-old qualified to study in Sherubtse college after she completed her higher secondary school, and training to be a teacher, she assumed, would guarantee her a job.

She joined the Paro College of Education in 2010. However, having completed her four-year training and when she should be preparing for her first placement, she says she feels cheated.

A job as a teacher is not guaranteed. There [... Read More]

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