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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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Gyalyong Tshokhang: His Majesty the King graced the closing ceremony of the third session of the second Parliament yesterday


Nganglam town water contaminated

photo1Not drinkable: All samples were found contaminated

Lab tests of blood samples have tested positive for scrubtyphus, a tick-borne disease

Pollution: Almost all of Nganglam town’s water sources have been found contaminated and not safe for drinking.

This was found during a thorough inspection by basic health unit (BHU) staff, along with the dzongkhag health officials, after a number of residents, including students, suffered from symptoms of waterborne diseases a few weeks back.

Pemagatshel’s assistant dzongkhag health officer (ADHO), Jigme Kezang, over a [... Read More]

Footing the (pay revision) bill

Internal revenue is the only likely but limited source to finance the proposed hike

Salaries: The pay revision endorsed by the National Assembly recently will have to be financed through domestic revenue.

Fiscal spaces, such as withdrawal of pool vehicles and monetising the tax-free vehicle quota, were just other options for additional sources, according to the finance minister Namgay Dorji.

The Pay Commission identified withdrawal of government pool vehicles, capping in-country travel expenses at 15 percent [... Read More]

Three out of five fire victims compensated

Of the two unpaid, one was not insured and the other’s claims are not acceptable

Update: Of the five building owners, whose houses were damaged in the fire incident in April, three have received insurance of about Nu 1.4M.

Of the other two, one had not been insured, while for the other, the insurance company, the Royal Insurance corporation of Bhutan limited (RICBL), and the owner have not been able to come to a consensus [... Read More]

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