Friday, April 25th, 2014 - 1:21 AM

When pension payment exceeds earnings

NPPF officials fear that day is not far
The National Pension and Provident Fund (NPPF) will experience a deficit between contributions its members make and pension it has to pay to its retired beneficiaries earlier than projected.

Initially it was projected the situation would arise by 2042, 29 years from now.

However, with NPPF being unable to make new and better investments, officials worry the mismatch might occur much sooner.

NPPF officials explained several factors would contribute to [... Read More]

Absconding workers caught at Tanaglung

Six expatriate workers, who fled from their employer, were caught a few kilometres away from Tanaglung checkpoint at around 2am on June 17.

A team from the KD Construction company, who were also on a lookout for 16 workers, who had “absconded” the camps the night before, and the checkpoint officials had spotted them coming out of a taxi that had managed to by-pass the checkpoint.

The cab driver had hidden the six workers under some sacks [... Read More]

Women on top?

Women politicians in the fray are, however, confident there will be more of them in the House this time

If primary round results are any indication, the country could experience a repeat of 2008, when it comes to electing women National Assembly representatives.

For the ongoing general elections, 10 women candidates, five from Druk Phuensum Tshogpa and another five from People’s Democratic Party, are contesting.

However, in the case of Thrimshing-Kangpara in Trashigang, with Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s Dorji [... Read More]

Northbound to conduct common forum

With cordycep picking season on, election officials are worried if there would be people in communities up north

Given the vagaries of weather in the country’s north, a common forum for candidates of the four political parties during the primaries could not be organised.

For the National Council elections, some candidates had to bear helicopter hiring cost so they could make it to the communities up north to campaign.

For the general round of the National Assembly election, [... Read More]

Picture story

PDP’s MK Chhetri and DPT’s Lila Pradhan share a moment before their public debate yesterday in Samtse

DPT furnishes ECB with evidence to prove claims of a coalition

Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has lodged a complaint to the election commission officials with an evidence to prove their initial allegations of their opponent in the general election being a three-party coalition.

A DPT supporter attending People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Kanglung-Samkhar-Udzorong candidate Norbu Wangchuk’s campaign had recorded his speech.

In his recent speech to the people of Dothphu in Udzorong on 13 June, Norbu Wangchuk was recorded saying PDP, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Chirwang Tshogpa [... Read More]

Local affairs dominate Lhuentse debate

lhuentseOn the stage: Rangdol and Lobzang

Constituents want to extract their pound of flesh, so to speak, this time around

Lhuentse voters swear to be picky, when it comes to electing a National Assembly representative this time.

Being one of the least developed districts in the country, they would want to go for a party and a candidate that was capable of addressing their development issues hereon.

This was echoed among the voters, who had come to attend the first public debate in the [... Read More]


To win voters over

Amidst the mudslinging and allegations being bandied about, which is only to be expected in an election campaign, one thing that emerges is how candidates are going around campaigning to net voters.

Party candidates are finding novel ways to get to rural voters, who are busy with farm work as it is the height of the farming season.

Instead of trying to organise a meeting during the day, where nobody is likely to show up, candidates have [... Read More]

Citizenship kidu for abandoned baby sought before adoption

Boy’s mother and grandmother handed a one-and-a-half year prison term

After he survived abandonment by his mother soon after he was born, it’s his citizenship status that a 22-month old boy is now awaiting in Toetsho gewog, Trashiyangtse.

On August 13, 2011, the boy was found buried in the ground near a footpath in Dilisham village, not far from the Drangmechu riverbank.

A group of villagers, who had heard his cries from the forest, found the baby on [... Read More]

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