Perquisite: The finance ministry issued a notification on July 30, stating that the quota system has been revised and reinstated.
Instead of a lump sum amount of Nu 160,000 whenever the quota was due, as recommended by the second pay commission, the eligible civil servant can now import and purchase vehicles, like before.
Since the pay commission’s report also mentioned that doing away with the vehicle quota for civil servants would save Nu 665M, Parliament [... Read More]
Appeal: Representatives of the 27 households of Gidaphu in Thimphu leave the district court after filing a petition yesterday appealing the court to suspend all mining activities in [... Read More]
Pemagatshel dzongkhag tshogdu has made a most sensible decision. In what may be an unpopular move among the villagers, the tshogdu banned serving alcohol during gatherings and selling home brewed alcohol.
The decision should be appreciated, considering that alcohol is a problem in the dzongkhag. In fact, alcohol is a problem in the country, but our policies are mostly business friendly.
In those parts of the country, alcohol is a part of daily life. Some villagers begin [... Read More]
Book: Drukyul Decides II, Bhutan’s Second Parliamentary Elections, 2013
Author: Gyambo Sithey
The book is a useful source of reference both for facts and analyses
Review: With more than half the book containing page after page of statistics and data, Drukyul Decides II provides a ground, from which one can analyse Bhutan’s second parliamentary elections.
It’s a fat book, with facts of the outcome, in figures, of the elections, primary, general and that of National Council’s too, supported by graphs and charts, and commentaries. Then there are [... Read More]
Going commercial: Farmers in Samrang transplant paddy
With a ready market assured, S/J farmers are looking forward to this year’s rice harvest
Agriculture: Farmers of Phuntshothang, Pemathang and Samrang gewogs under Samdrupjongkhar are excited at the prospect of selling their grains directly to the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) this harvest season.
The FCB has assured the farmers a few weeks back that the rice grains will be bought by the corporation. The farmers will be spared the trouble of seeking customers [... Read More]
The five households at Chema will soon be in thromde
Five more households have thereby fallen into the thromde fold
Township: Soon, five households of Chema and one at Shangsheri, under Samkhar gewog, will come under Trashigang thromde after they receive their thram numbers.
Engineer with the Trashigang municipal authority (TMA), Pem Choki, said the National Land Commission is reviewing reports of the nationwide re-cadastral survey that was carried out few years back.
“A few gewogs didn’t receive thram numbers after the survey and we were [... Read More]
Hospitality: Chitra Rekha readies tea for her unexpected guests
Retey: Retey is a hidden valley. It is at the base of the Black Mountain, a range that separates west Bhutan from east. The path through Gong village is treacherous. The trail is steep and infested with leeches and snakes.
The journey through the valley may be tough, but the welcoming smiles and warm hospitality that the people of Drungeygaon village accord gives one reason and energy to trudge on.
Drungeygaon village sits on a [... Read More]
Home minister Damcho Dorji
This follows talk of misuse of solicited funds by family members of kidney patients
BKF: The Bhutan Kidney Foundation (BKF) will be collecting donations on behalf of the kidney patients, who will not be doing so themselves.
BKF is waiting for an official letter or a memorandum of understanding to be signed between them and the ministry to carry on the donation work.
The decision was made after noticing several issues like illegal buying and selling [... Read More]
The practice of tshok is not an eco-friendly activity
The quick fix, plastic-filled tshok, whatever its spiritual import, is also a recipe for litter
Environment: Like flowers, the plastic wrappers of various processed foods and beverages seem to sprout around Changangkha lhakang following a religious event. A pond of plastic bottles behind the lhakhang grows deeper.
It is the day after Drukpa Tsezhi, marking the First Sermon of Lord Buddha.
A large number of devotees visited the lhakhang the previous day. Most of them chose [... Read More]
A recent study has found a number of problems that beset this ambitious programme
G2C: Between November 2013 and June this year, only one person had applied for G2C (government to citizen) services at the Khaling community centre in Trashigang.
The person submitted an online application to register a birth, for which he submitted at least seven physical documents. All were scanned and uploaded into the G2C system, which was developed with the objective of [... Read More]