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NEC orders closure of asphalt plant below Sangaygang

CDCL to appeal decision while thromde warns resurfacing works in Thimphu will be affected

Roads: The National Environment Commission (NEC) on June 10 issued an order asking the Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) to stop operations at its asphalt mix plant at Sangaygang in Thimphu, and to dismantle it within a month.

This was following several complaints by joggers, cyclists and tourists passing by the area. The plant has been in operation below the road to the BBS tower since 2005.


May I go to toilet, Tshogpon la?

Speaker takes exception to frequency of answers to nature’s call by MPs

Assembly: National Assembly members will not be allowed to visit the restroom numerous times when the session is on, or spend several minutes, unless they are suffering from constipation.

Speaker Jigme Zangpo, at the closing remarks yesterday, warned that members were visiting the restroom quite too often, and that it was not according to the expected decorum of the august hall.  He said that at the rate members are visiting the restroom, Bhutan would set another world record.


In the wake of a rout

With one game and seven goals down, is Bhutan’s Cinderella World Cup story coming to an end?

Ranked above Hong Kong, which humbled the national team last evening, there was optimism in the air of beating the island nation.  Call it mind games, both coaches believed in beating each other.  The Hong Kong coach said his team was too strong for Bhutan.  He was right at least in the first leg.  Hong Kong outshone Bhutan in every department.


Aquaponic food production wins business idea competition

Business: Rajiv Pradhan’s idea to establish an aquaponic system won the first prize in this year’s Business Idea Competition organised by the Bhutan Innovation and Technology Centre (BITC) of the Thimphu Techpark, the operator of the IT park.

Speaking to Kuensel, Rajiv, 25, described his idea as a combination of fish and vegetable farming.

He explained that instead of being grown in soil, the vegetables will be grown in water that has been used to farm fish. This is because the water used by fish will be rich in nutrients that plants require to grow.


78 Bhutanese leave for Kuwait next month

DSC_5096The labour minister inspects a training room

They are the first batch of youth trained at the Global Retail Academy in Thimphu

Employment: Under the government’s overseas employment programme, 78 Bhutanese youth trained at the Global Retail Academy in Thimphu will leave for Kuwait to work, next month.

This announcement was made yesterday during the inauguration of the academy established recently in Thimphu. The academy was established by the labour and human resources ministry in collaboration with the Kuwait based MH Alshaya company.

MH Alshaya is one of the most successful retail franchise operators in the Middle East.

The youth have been recruited by the company and this is the first batch of trainees from the academy. Of the total, 67 of them are female and 11 are male.


NA passes enterprise registration bill

The bill will now be deliberated by the NC

Legislation: Once the Enterprise Registration Bill comes through, all enterprises will have to obtain the certificate of registration from the registrar of enterprises, unless exempted by the economic affairs ministry.

An enterprise is an entity operated for profit and owned by an individual as sole proprietorship, or two or more individuals jointly as partnership, according to the Bill passed by the National Assembly last week.

Out of the 41 members present, 39 voted for the bill, while two voted against it.


Maggie noodle distributors recall stock

Safety: After the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) temporarily banned the display and sale of Maggi noodles in the country last week, owners of retail shops are now worried about the stock they have with them.

The Nestle Company in India are recalling all stock of the noodle from the markets after some packs of the noodle were found containing excess lead and monosodium glutamate (MGS). Distributors of the product in Bhutan are also recalling the Maggi noodles.


Bhutan humbled 7-0 in first WC qualifiers

Football: Bhutan’s road to Russia 2018 hit a speed bump when they lost to Hong Kong by seven goals to nil in the first game of the second round of the Asian qualifiers held at the Mong Kok stadium in Hong Kong, yesterday.

In what clearly was a one-sided game, the physically stronger and faster Hong Kong players dominated team Bhutan throughout the 90 minutes both in the air and on the ground.

The dragon boys looked dazed coming into the first half of the game. Goalie Hari Gurung, perhaps was the busiest player on the ground being tested several times throughout the game.


A recurring human resource nightmare

How to retain employees after they return from further studies/training is the problem

Training: The Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) is mulling stopping masters in business administration (MBA) courses for its employees.

This is because retaining employees with professional qualifications like MBA, which is one of the most sought after degrees around the globe, has been a challenge for the company. “We’ve lost so many people with MBAs, as they’re in high demand in the market,” the BPC human resource (HR) manager, Pempa Tshering, said.


Pemagatshel, only dzongkhag without thromdes

DSC_4978Session: The joint sitting of the Parliament has met thrice to approve the declaration of dzongkhag and yenlag thromdes

Paro yet to decide on their Yenlag thromde 

Parliament: Pemagatshel will not have a dzongkhag or a yenlag (satellite) thromde, with neither Nganglam nor Denchi that were proposed as dzongkhag thromde securing the three-fourth majority votes.

For a joint sitting to endorse alterations of areas and boundaries of any dzongkhags and gewogs, a three-fourth majority votes is required, in line with the Constitution.  However, with the joint sitting of Parliament highly divided, both Nganglam that was proposed as the dzongkhag thromde and Denchi, as recommended by some members, were unable to secure the required 54 ‘yes’ votes.