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What about the rest?

Whether it’s less or more, the civil servant salary revision has been approved.  The next pay package will come with a 20 percent housing allowance, and a little more on the basic pay.

A government salary revision is closely followed.  As is the trend, we can prepare for insatiable landlords and eager shopkeepers to ride on the revision by increasing house rent or cost of essentials, if they have not already done so.

In Bhutan, although our [... Read More]

Paying for spilt blood, as it were, with water

pic2Tajuthang farmers were the last ones to finish paddy transplantation last week

For over three generations, Wangthangkha has had to wait for Khangkhu to finish transplanting first

Irrigation: Each summer, when it is time to transplant paddy, farmers of Wangthangkha, under Wangchang gewog, Paro, have to wait for their neighbouring village Khangkhu to finish.  Only then can they start transplanting.

Despite an abundance of water for irrigation, farmers of Khangkhu have the right to use it first.

This has been a custom, followed for over three generations now.  [... Read More]

Gelephu dungpa released

Update: The Gelephu dungpa who was detained by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) since June 13, was released on the night of June 20.

Kuensel learnt that the dungpa was released after ACC completed their investigation.

As per the norms of ACC, dungpa Pema Wangdi was detained while ACC investigated the alleged corruption and embezzlement complaints lodged against him.

It was learnt that dungpa had identified a private lawyer, who will represent him in court.

The Gelephu dungpa [... Read More]

Operation ‘Preserve Pelingtsho’ to start

IMG_0512Peling Tsho is the water source for three chiwogs in Decheling

Now that the land replacement has been done, work on the water body may begin

Lake: With land substitution recently completed, Decheling gewog officials in Pemagatshel are now left to start work on conserving the drying Pelingtsho (lake) in the gewog.

The next move has left villagers brimming with excitement because it will address their decade old problem of water shortage.  Decheling gewog’s mangmi Ugyen Thinley said 43 landowners, whose lands fell near the lake, [... Read More]

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Passing out: The 12th batch of desuups parade at the Tencholing military training centre on June 21 in Wangduephodrang. The total number of desuups now stand at 1,407.

   

Prayers for peace on summer solstice

DSC_4909Touch of forgiveness: Peace lovers connecting through the Forgiveness Stone

June 21 saw a sparsely attended but significant ceremony at Thimphu’s Forgiveness Stone

Forgiveness: If the world went wrong, it was, in some offhand manner. Indeed.  The ground itself was dreary, utterly wet and drab.  The day, June 21, wore the most haggard look it ever did since the first day of the Gregorian calendar that was almost the melancholic colour of mourning.

And the rain and the cold wind of summer drew small blood-sucking [... Read More]

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Winners: Bank of Bhutan beat education ministry to become the champions of the Thuenlam Football Championship 2014. Thirty six teams participated in the 4-month long tournament.

 

PM’s report, nothing more than a blue print: Opposition

They describe his report, more or less, as old wine in a new bottle

Report: The Prime Minister’s report on the state of the nation was ‘removed from the reality on the ground and nothing more but a blueprint,’ members of the opposition say.

However, members of the opposition said they were happy that Gross National Happiness and ‘self-reliance” were back on the agenda of the government.

Opposition leader, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, said the Prime Minister’s [... Read More]

National Council defers salary hike

Will take effect only after fiscal measures are implemented

Revision: In a dramatic twist to the pay revision saga, National Council (NC) members are refusing to accept the revised salary until such time as the government implements the expenditure rationalisation identified by the government.

The revised pay will come into effect from next month.

The council’s chairperson, Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga, tweeted last evening, “NC decided to abide by their recommendation on pay revision and defer [... Read More]

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