Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 6:33 AM

Most Tang collectors return empty-handed

IMG_3536Cordycep collectors in Tang, Bumthang attribute the unavailability of cordyceps to change in weather patterns

Opinion is divided as to whether the fungi has gone extinct or merely relocated

Cordyceps:  Cordyceps collectors in Tang, Bumthang most of who returned empty handed from the mountains last month, suggest royalty for cordyceps be collected only after their return, given the fungi’s dwindling quantity.

Every collector pays Nu 510 as royalty fees.  Tang would collect a royalty of Nu 36,720 as revenue, if all 72 villagers availed the permit in 2014.

A collector from [... Read More]

The centenarians of Chokhorling

photo2Meme Karpo and Abi Norbu Lhamo

A couple of venerable years recall the distant past

Aging: In a small hut in Chokhorling, Pemagatshel live two centenarians.  Meme Karpo is 101 this day, and Abi Norbu Lhamo, 100.  This oldest pair in the village bask in the sun all day saying the rosary.

Spades on their shoulders, a group of villagers are heading for work.  It’s a clear sunny day, a good day to work in the field.  Abi looks on.  Her [... Read More]

Picture story

More than 100 girls between the age of six and eight will learn basic skills in football through the “Live Your Goals” campaign, which kick off on Saturday, July 4 at Changlimithang.
The program with support from FIFA will train about 700 girls during the summer break. The campaign is aimed to get more girls and women around the world interested in [... Read More]

Pay revision, a done deal

As per the Constitution, as a money bill, the decision of the Assembly is final and binding

Government: If the Supreme Court’s verdict on the first constitutional case is to be referred to, then discussions on the pay revision saga ended when the National Assembly endorsed it with 30 Yes votes last month.

This means, irrespective of the twists and turns that are taking place outside the lower house, be it the house of review [... Read More]

The grey area of seized contraband

Goods confiscated by the army in border smuggling cases are not produced in court 

Judiciary: There are possibilities of loopholes in sentencing people involved in illegal trade, if the seized goods they are importing or exporting are not produced before the court to estimate its value.

Drangpons at the recently concluded judiciary conference brought the issue for discussion, saying that, without police declaring seized goods to court, sentencing people was becoming difficult.

Drangpons from Haa, Paro [... Read More]

Job creation a shared responsibility

The national policy thus applies to HRD agencies and all training providers besides MoL

Employment: Creating employment opportunities will now be a shared responsibility between the labour ministry and human resource development agencies and training providers that are under the ministry or privately owned.

This will be possible with the national employment policy 2013, and the regulations on the in-country Bhutanese employment agencies 2014, that the labour minister launched yesterday.

The employment policy states that the [... Read More]

BPC vested with system operator license

Its functions will cover all facets of power generation, transmission and distribution

BEA: Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) has become the nation’s system operator.

In 2006, BPC was designated by the Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA) to function as system coordinator (SC) for Bhutan.

“However, with the rapid growth in hydropower sector to achieve the planned target of 10,000MW by 2020, the associated power system development and its operations would be more complex, and thus the need to [... Read More]


From policy to practice

In what could be a huge step towards addressing the unemployment problem, the labour ministry yesterday launched its National Employment Policy 2013.

The policy is aimed at helping the ministry tackle the issue of unemployment, especially among youth.

On paper, goals and policy statements on how to create employment and align the employment market sounds appealing.

The policy recommends, among others, clamping down on foreign recruitment, especially in areas where Bhutanese with appropriate skills are available. It also [... Read More]

Domestic flights eat into Drukair profits

The other factor in the decline of returns was competition from Bhutan Airlines

Aviation: The domestic flights and price war with Bhutan Airlines has eaten away a huge chunk of Drukair Corporation’s profit last year.

While the national airline made a profit of Nu 124.8 million (M) last year, the margin could have been higher without competition and the start of a domestic sector.

Drukair’s 276 domestic flights ferried only 490 passengers.  Which means every flight [... Read More]

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