Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 - 6:21 AM


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]


The indignity of no labour

Sent to cover the graduates orientation program, a reporter tried to be smart in trying to stress on the increasing number of university graduates and limited jobs.

In his lead, he wrote “If you throw a stone from a window in Thimphu, it will hit a university graduate!”

The editor rejected the idea, and briefed the reporter that the situation was not as bad as he portrayed.  That was in 2004.

Unemployment among university graduates, today, is the [... Read More]

Food dehydrator inventor wins business idea competition

Nine other participants won a six-month incubation support from the IT Park

Entrepreneur: A local inventor’s plan to upgrade a food dehydrator he developed, which can already create shakam or dry meat in less than 24 hours, was this year’s winner of the Business Idea Competition organised jointly by Thimphu TechPark and the labour ministry.

After seeing vegetables going to waste at the market, Karsang Dorji, who is a government engineer by profession, was driven [... Read More]

Chokorling farmers fight a losing battle

IMG_4965Orange trees have died in almost all the villages in Chokhorling

If it’s not blight decimating orange orchards, its wildlife marauding maize fields 

Agriculture: With disease outbreak and wildlife destroying crops, farmers of Chokhorling in Pemagatshel are increasingly finding it difficult to earn an income.

For over a decade farmers of the five chiwogs under Chokhorling have been fighting citrus blight that spread among the orchards, almost all of which have trees that have dried up.  Chokhorling has 267 households.

Farmer said citrus blight first hit Dezemo [... Read More]

Taking the hazard out of the highway

Safety first, with speed bumps for drivers and zebra crossings for pedestrians

Expressway: The Thimphu-Babesa expressway will no longer be called by that name.

It will be a part of the city’s urban road network and not a highway anymore.

With the wire mesh along the expressway removed, road safety and transport authority (RSTA) officials said pedestrians could cross the expressway but through the markings.

RSTA have also issued a notification in this regard.  However, the markings [... Read More]

Domestic electricity sales revenue increases by 8 percent

BPC: Bhutan Power corporation (BPC) earned a total revenue of Nu 6.4B in 2013, recording a net after tax profit of Nu 963M, an increase of Nu 65M compared with the previous year.

Figures from the BPC’s annual report reveal about 8 percent increase in electricity sales.

This was because the average tariff last year was Nu 1.81 per unit, as compared to Nu 1.73 in 2012, besides the increased customer base and wheeling charges.

Another [... Read More]

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