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Unemployment scenario worsened: opposition

Unemployment: The government’s initiatives to address the unemployment issue are far from satisfactory and a mere eyewash, members of the opposition party said.

This follows the labor force survey that revealed an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent up from 2.1 percent in 2012.  Youth unemployment rate, according to the survey, increased to 9.6 percent from 7.3 percent.

Expressing concerns over the rise in the unemployment rate, former labour minister Dorji Wangdi, said the number of [... Read More]

Japan to support government’s electric vehicle initiative

Crown-Prince-HPMAudience: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and Aum Tashi Doma received an audience with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince Naruhito yesterday in Japan

Japanese PM assures of continued support in agriculture and basic infrastructure

Diplomacy: Japan will explore ways to support Bhutan’s efforts to turn itself into an electric vehicle hotspot, while Bhutan will support Japan’s bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, according to a Japanese foreign affairs ministry press release.

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay met with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe on Monday. Accompanied by the agriculture and foreign ministers, Lyonchhoen is on an [... Read More]

Supreme Court upholds verdict against woman debtor

The high court had sentenced her to a year in prison for deceptive practice

Justice: The Supreme Court, on June 24, upheld the high court’s larger bench verdict that sent a woman to a year in prison for deceiving 190 people from Paro and Haa.

The woman, Deki, from Changkhar in Paro, mortgaged her three-storied building and borrowed more than Nu 117M from the litigants.  The building was also mortgaged to borrow money from Bhutan [... Read More]

Gewogs agree to boost food production

IMG_2187Wangdue dzongrab with Thedtsho gup Phub Namgay

Performance agreements have been signed to this effect with local leaders

Sining: To implement what the dzongda signed with the prime minister in April, the dzongkhag signed similar performance agreements with local leaders to increase food production.

Dzongrab Pema, who signed the performance agreement with 15 gups, said it was done with approval from the home ministry and after conducting thorough discussions and meetings at local level.

In the agreement, the 15 gups agreed to increase [... Read More]

Most Uraps have cowsheds on govt. land

DSC09613Cowsheds in Ura Dozhi village

Ever since cattle were moved out of basements, they’ve been sheltered thus 

GRF: If building temporary shelters for cattle on government land is encroachment, most of the 67 households in Ura gewog, Bumthang have encroached.

And they are worried about their cattle, if the dzongkhag asks them to dismantle structures built on government land.

The National Land Commission (NLC) recently instructed 10 dzongkhags to prevent people from either encroaching or illegally constructing houses on government land.  [... Read More]

Opinions

Parliamentarians’ hefty salary hike – Reason unreasonable

Our legislators have literally patted themselves on the back for being the best of the best

In the third session of the second parliament, which ended recently, the government gave the parliamentarians a huge hike in pay and perks.  This hefty hike and the rationale given for it have raised eyebrows of many a discerning citizen, including a political party and media houses.  Quiet to this decision, however, were the much-vaunted opposition members.

In a very lucid [... Read More]

May 2018, new PHPA I deadline

The project will be delayed by at least 18 months from its initial completion deadline

Hydropower: With dam excavation works beginning two weeks ago, almost a year after the slide last year, the commissioning of Punatsangchu hydroelectric project I is now pushed until May 2018.

With the project’s deadline moved from November 2016, the total cost of the project now stands at Nu 96B at 2013 price level, excluding a year’s escalation.

The project’s initial cost [... Read More]

Lyonchhoen meets PM Shinzo Abe

pmDiplomacy: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Lyonchhoen is on a four-day visit to Japan on the invitation of the government of Japan.

Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay met with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday, and discussed bilateral, regional, international and issues of mutual interests.

Lyonchhoen thanked Prime Minister Abe for the support Japan has so far rendered to Bhutan’s socio-economic development, and informed that Bhutan hopes for continued support from Japan, especially in the fields of agriculture, infrastructure development, and electric vehicles.

Prime Minister Abe assured Lyonchhoen of Japan support to Bhutan’s development needs.

Lyonchhoen will today receive an audience with [... Read More]

It’s official – unemployment’s on the up

Survey: Despite various initiatives in place to address the unemployment issue, the number of unemployed has increased to 9,916 in 2013 from 6,900 the previous year.

Of the total unemployed, about 5,900 are female, according to the labour force survey 2013 that the labour ministry launched yesterday.

With this, the country’s overall unemployment rate stands at 2.9 percent today from 2.1 percent in 2012.

Labour ministry officials attributed the increase in the unemployment rate to the [... Read More]

An institution comes into its own

The hospital marks autonomy with a four-year residency program that will begin today 

JDWNRH: Should it work out as expected, delivery of services at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral hospital could improve, starting today.

The first batch of nine doctors will begin their residency program at the hospital’s postgraduate medical education centre (PGMEC) today, breathing life into an idea that was conceived some seven years ago.

With the Prime Minister to officially launch the program [... Read More]

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