Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - 3:26 PM

NC accepts revised salary

The turnaround follows the granting of royal assent to a number of relevant bills

Council: The National Council (NC) has decided to accept the revised salary, which came into effect last month, after the revision that the National Assembly endorsed was granted royal assent.

After the NC was informed about the royal assent being granted on the budget and appropriation bill 2014-15, the supplementary budget bill 2013-14 and the tax bill, the council wrote to [... Read More]

It’s an honour to serve the people: PM


The govt feels it did fairly well in its first year in office

Governance: The government’s performance in the last one year in office has been satisfactory, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said, adding that it was looking forward to the remaining four years with a lot of confidence and optimism.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, at the tenth meet the press yesterday, said the government served the people directly and to serve the people in this [... Read More]

Loan restrictions to be lifted

DSC_8592Finance minister Namgay Dorji

This is the last of the limitations laid down by the previous govt. to be done away with 

RMA: Loan restrictions, imposed by the previous government to cope with the economic downturn, will be lifted by mid of this month.

The finance minister, Namgay Dorji, during the Meet the Press session yesterday, said almost 90 percent of the draft guidelines for different loans available on the central bank’s website, have been approved.

Lifting of loan restrictions [... Read More]

Pemagatshel takes steps to curtail alcohol consumption

DSC_5422Shumar gup Lepo makes his point

National Health Survey 2012 found the dzongkhag to be one of the highest consumers

DT: Starting September 1, villagers in Pemagatshel should think twice before brewing alcohol or selling it.

Except for personal consumption, villagers will not be allowed to serve alcohol on “any kind of occasions or ceremony.”

The dzongkhag tshogdu yesterday resolved to curtail the consumption of alcohol in the dzongkhag, and also approved an “implementing strategy,” which bars people from serving alcohol during public [... Read More]

Vehicle quota revised and reinstated

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]

Picture story

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]


Brewing a new way

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]

Elections 2013 encapsulated

1covers-1Book: Drukyul Decides II, Bhutan’s Second Parliamentary Elections, 2013 Author: Gyambo Sithey ISBN: 978-99936-53-16-5 Pages: 408

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]

FCB initiative enlivens paddy cultivation

IMG_5462-(1)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]

Melphey town expands to include Chema

IMG_20140801_114651The 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]

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