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Parliamentarians learn research skills

IMG_2073UNDP representative Christina Carlson, subject experts and parliamentarians take a pose for a photograph after the opening ceremony

Workshop: Twenty-five parliamentarians are learning to focus on enhancing their research and analysis skills to make evidence-based decisions.

Evidence-based decisions meant making decisions after studying issues in depth and analysing it critically.

Organised by the Royal University of Bhutan’s Institute for GNH Studies (iGNHaS), participants are also taught skills to enhance critical thinking, innovation and informed decision-making. “They would also learn skills on how to strengthen research and analyse public policy,” the press release from [... Read More]

Finance minister’s first official visit to India

On which he has received positive responses to a series of requests 

11th FYP: As the timely release of funds for implementing programs and activities under the 11th Plan is very important, finance minister Namgay Dorji requested the Indian finance minister P Chidambaram to expedite the release of balance funds allocated for the first financial year of the 11th Plan and the balance fund for the 10th Plan, during his first official visit to [... Read More]


From CDG to GDG

Going by the sound of it, the government’s new scheme to allocate additional fund for the local government is as different as it is similar to that of the previous government’s.

Under what the government chooses to call Gewog Development Grant (GDG) it will allocate Nu 2M to every gewog for its people to carry out activities they identify as beneficial.

The acronym rings close to the previous government’s Constituency Development Grant (CDG), except this time National [... Read More]

On the plethora of diplomatic passports …

DSC_6069Foreign minister Rinzin Dorje

… and the penalty imposed for making changes in the details of an ordinary one

Meet the press: The government will look into the issue of diplomatic passports being retained by former diplomats and parliament members, as well as the penalty of Nu 5,000 that’s charged for making changes in the details of an ordinary passport holder.

Foreign minister, Rinzin Dorje, at the fourth meet the press session yesterday, said the issue of diplomatic passports [... Read More]

Giving signing on a second thought

DSC02096Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk

The economics affairs minister, though, advises caution and consensus before joining up

WTO: While delegations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations couldn’t come to a consensus, as of late last night, economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk said there were several things to deal with, when it came to exploring the possibility of joining the WTO.

The first thing, he said, would be to sensitise the cabinet about joining WTO. “We must now start thinking [... Read More]

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Information and Communications minister D.N.Dungyel inaugurates the first 5D theatre, Jigda5D, yesterday in Olakha,Thimphu





“IP is big news”

Untitled-2Journalists on a field trip visit a small medium enterprise where solar and low energy bulbs are manufactured.

WIPO: A regional seminar on intellectual property (IP) for journalists in the Asian region was held in Singapore early this week.

The seminar, titled “IP is big news,” sought to raise awareness among journalists on key issues of IP and its importance.

“Journalists are a very important community because they’re very important partners for us,” said World intellectual property organisation (WIPO) deputy director general, Johannes Christian Wichard. “They’re important if we want to establish a [... Read More]

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Bhutan at a crossroad: Eight Bhutanese alumni of the U.S. State Department Exchange Programme made presentations on diverse topics from employment to urban planning at the first Pecha Kucha Night in Bhutan, held yesterday in Thimphu.
The Pecha Kucha presentation style is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. The speaker has the stage for a full 6 minutes and [... Read More]

Free rural power leads to drop in revenue

Trashigang paid 25 percent less than the dzongkhag would have otherwise

Electricity: Bhutan Power corporation’s  (BPC) revenue from rural households dropped by over 70-80 percent in Trashigang in the month of November, after the new government’s pledge to provide 100 units free electricity for rural households came into effect.

Overall revenue from the dzongkhag shrank by over 25 percent. “It fell by over Nu 0.2 million in the month of November from over 8,500 rural [... Read More]

Chopper service to take time

Meet the press: It will be a while before the government can fulfill its pledge of providing helicopter service to the people.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, during ‘Meet the press’ session yesterday, said the government is exploring potential donors to procure the helicopters. The government’s during the campaign period pledged to procure helicopter reasoning it as the need of the hour.

Stating helicopter procurement as an important project, the lyonchhoen said the government is hopeful [... Read More]