RTI: National Assembly legislative committee’s suggestions to remove certain provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) bill had some members of the opposition disagreeing with those of the ruling ones.
A few members of the ruling party were particularly concerned with legislative committee’s removal of the provision (section 23) that pertained to information seekers.
The section states that a person requesting information need not state reasons for the request or provide personal details.
Home Minister Damcho [... Read More]
Deepening bonds: Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Mr Takehiko Nakao paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang yesterday.
Lyonchhoen said Mr Nakao’s visit during the first year of the new government and the 11th Plan clearly showed the importance ADB attached towards socio-economic development of Bhutan.
Mr Nakao said he was very happy to observe the progress [... Read More]
This is due to the current lack of demand in both domestic and Indian markets
Cement: Sale of cement from the Dungsam cement plant has not really picked up since the company started production, both for domestic use and export, earlier last week.
This is attributed to a slump in the Indian as well as domestic market.
The company has been granted an ad hoc license by the Indian ministry of commerce and industry on January [... Read More]
Though damage has been assessed by authorities, there’s been no follow-up action since
Drasha: What is perhaps the oldest temple in the dzongkhag, the almost three-century old Tsirangtoed lhakhang in Tsirang is screaming for attention, by way of maintenance.
The temple, which was once a centre for the three gewogs of Tsirangtoed, Sergithang and Tsholingkhar, was severely damaged during the 2012 earthquake.
The three-storied temple is adorned with crack marks on the walls.
Tsirangtoed lam Zepa Tenzin [... Read More]
Mongar: His Majesty the King, yesterday, granted about 103 acres of land as kidu to 276 people in Mongar.
Beneficiaries included those who were absent during the cadastral resurvey, those whose plots were under dispute during the main survey period and those whose plots fell under Mongar thromde.
In 2010, His Majesty granted land kidu in Mongar to people who faced problems in relation to excess land and khimsa (land under ancestral homes without thram) [... Read More]
The NC amendment is an attempt to ‘get real’ with the issue
Council: If what National Council proposed comes through the other house as well, Bhutan’s controversial ban on sale of tobacco and its products will be a history.
In amending the Tobacco Control Act yesterday, the house of review resolved yesterday that, while manufacturing of tobacco or related products in the country would be disallowed, import and sale would be allowed.
The amendments would have [... Read More]
Recognition: His Majesty the King awarded the National Order of Merit (Gold) to Renewable Natural Resource Research and Development Centre project manager Lhap Dorji and JICA expert Yuichi Tomiyasu for their outstanding contributions in improving lives of farmers in eastern Bhutan.
Lhap Dorji who joined the civil service in 1999 served as agricultural officer and project coordinator in Mongar and Pemagatshel.
Yuichi Tomiyasu [... Read More]
While backing the govt. move, members counselled accompanying fiscal measures
Assembly: The deliberation on the government’s economic stimulus plan yesterday at the National Assembly saw almost all the members supporting the plan, but cautioning the government to implement fiscal measures to ensure it does not derail from its intended purpose.
Injection of money in the economy, members pointed out would lead to creation of more money. When more money is created in the economy, it [... Read More]
Competition: In what could result in better public service delivery, government will hold a competition to grade all its websites in March.
This will be carried out to improve the standard of government websites and improve public service delivery. Factors, such as security, aesthetics, user friendliness, dynamism, among others, would be judged.
A department of information technology and telecom (DITT) official said the competition is being held to have better and more informative websites for [... Read More]
Yesterday National Assembly members discussed issues pertaining to request for official information and in what format the request should be made while deliberating the Right to Information bill.
In the preceding discussions, the members had discussed about information and media officers, one of the key elements of the legislation.
At the assembly discussions and those of other forums showed, information officers under this bill were equated with media spokespersons that various ministries appointed in their efforts to [... Read More]