Thursday, July 24th, 2014 - 10:21 AM


Please spend more…

It  has been noticed that with more deliberations, our leaders have been telling us that the salary hikes are the know-how and do-how of the Pay Commission and not necessarily done by the government. Yes, we are aware about this do-how of Pay Commission but isn’t it the government who proposed for this formation of the Pay Commission?

So, how can our leaders even say that it is not the do-how of the government?

One of our [... Read More]

Getting value out of waste

IMG_5058On display: A villager shows her weave

Gasheri chiwog women make sought after utility bags from used polythene cement sacks 

Recycling: It is rough, dusty and takes forever to degrade if buried.

The 50-kg polythene cement bag that lies strewn around many construction sites is an eyesore and a nuisance from the environmental point of view.

But women of Gasheri chiwog in Pemagatshel, with a knack for weaving, have found a solution to the problem of empty cement bags.  They are not just [... Read More]

Council informs govt. of deferment decision

Update: The National Council (NC) has written to the government about its decision to abide by its resolutions to defer their salary raise, the council’s deputy chairperson Tshering Dorji said yesterday.

The NC has decided that the pay revision for the chairperson and members may be deferred until the fiscal measures for expenditure rationalisation identified by the government to finance pay raises are implemented and realised.

In an earlier interview, the Council’s deputy chairperson had [... Read More]

Council deferment could save the exchequer Nu 54M

Salary: National Council members’ decision to defer their revised salary indefinitely would save about Nu 12M a year, and about Nu 54M for the next four and half years, for the government, according to finance ministry officials.

This saving, which could be a new source of revenue to fund the raise, is almost double the amount the government will be spending to pay the additional raise to all 10 cabinet ministers until the end [... Read More]

Tsibjalamchu to augment Tala earning by Nu 184M

Power: The completion of Tsibjalamchu diversion scheme, next month will supplement power generation from the 1,020MW Tala Hydroelectric power plant, during lean winter months by 93 million units (MU) annually.

This means the diversion scheme would generate an additional Nu 184M annually, considering the export tariff of Tala at Nu 1.98 a unit, towards the government coffers.

The scheme will divert the Tsibjalumchu stream into the Tala dam.  But the diversion will only happen during [... Read More]

Possible relook at civil servants in continuing education

RCSC: Civil servants, aspiring to upgrade their qualification through continuing education (CE), may have to resign and, on completion, sit the Bhutan civil service examination to join the civil service again.

The Royal Civil Service Commission has begun discussing this issue, and advice from civil servants is being sought.

The commission’s chairman, Karma Tshiteem, however, said it was not finalised.

“A decision hasn’t been taken yet,” Karma Tshiteem said. “We’ll implement it only after studying the [... Read More]

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa decries pay hike drama

In a press release, the party slams politicians of every stripe for letting down the people

DNT: Druk Nyamrup tshogpa said it was ashamed to face the people of Bhutan, with the way parliamentarians are setting a wrong precedent by raising their own salaries and vehicle allowances, and serving themselves instead of serving the people.

As elected representatives, politicians have a sacred responsibility to work toward the greater interest of the nation, serve the people [... Read More]

The business end of the economic stimulus plan

DSC_5761Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay signs performance agreement with NEC and BOIC representatives

Agreement: Although a new establishment, the Bhutan opportunity information centre (BOIC) is committed to fulfill the goals and objectives set by economic stimulus plan (ESP).

The centre’s chief executive officer, Karma Tshering, assured their commitment yesterday, during the performance agreement signing with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

“BOIC will start its service by July end or beginning of August,” Karma Tshering said, adding that the BOIC would achieve all the mandates of ESP within five years.

Emphasising [... Read More]


A price to pay

If it carries any weight, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa has passed a damning verdict on the recent events in the parliament, particularly on the pay revision saga.

Whether the political party is making noise to keep itself alive and kicking, like some say, is immaterial, but it has openly accused the two parties, both the ruling and the opposition, of breaching the trust between the people and elected representatives.

The two parties, DNT alleged, have colluded in [... Read More]

Ura’s organic farmers refuse electric fencing

IMG_2863Not organic: Targeted organic farming field in Pangkhar used for potato cultivation

Wildlife: With arrival of electric fencing materials, Ura’s venture into organic farming is to go full scale from next year, but farmers, who earlier agreed to the fencing, are now refusing to install it.

Though initiated in 2011, organic farming to be carried out on 705 acres of land in villages of Pangkhar, Shingkhar and Ura Dozhi, is yet to take off because it needs proper fencing as protection from wild animals and there [... Read More]

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