Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - 3:14 AM

Education loan criteria set

Interest rate at five percent is cheaper than borrowing from banks

DAHE: Students scoring 60 percent and above in the class XII examination and still failing to qualify for colleges within the country can purse higher education through the cheaper education loan the government is providing.

The education ministry’s department of adult and higher education (DAHE) has completed drawing up criteria for the education loan, which will be disbursed starting next week.

The interest rate is [... Read More]

Gelephu resident impugns gewog officials

He has accused them of flouting the community contracting protocol

Dispute: Believing that Gelephu gewog officials breached the community contracting protocol, a resident of Zomlingthang in Gelephu lodged a complaint against them to the dungkhag, Sarpang dzongkhag, police, court and the Anti Corruption Commission.

The resident, Rinchen Wangdi, in his complaint letter, alleged that gewog officials breached the community contract protocol by overlooking the clause that states that the contract should be awarded to people [... Read More]


An uphill battle?

Bhutan need not rejoice in the fact that our ranking on the Global Corruption Index dropped two places in a year.

That the ground reality is different is a powerful message, especially when it comes from the chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission.

At the launch of the National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Strategy, the chairperson candidly shared how the challenge of the commission stems from a lack of cooperation from other agencies in tackling corruption in the country.

The [... Read More]

Translating a notion into numbers

TCB and tour operators to decide how to make the ‘Visit Bhutan Year 2015’  initiative work

Tourism: Although the prime minister announced the government’s decision to make 2015 the ‘Visit Bhutan Year’, it has not been decided yet how tourism stakeholders will go about it.

Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) officials said a meeting will be held today, during which it will be discussed and endorsed.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay made the announcement last week, while presenting [... Read More]

The young bronzesmith of Changzamtog

IMG_1980Lhaba Tshering

Lhaba Tshering is a young artisan who is carving out a life on the periphery of the capital

Profile: It is early morning and the rain has been ceaseless since last night.  Monsoon has indeed arrived.

Changzamtog is one of the fastest-growing parts of Thimphu.  Every speck of land there is a construction site; so many new concrete buildings have come up in the last five years.  The sleepy village that it once was is [... Read More]

Tango’s murals may be saved

IMG_4990Professor David Park

Experts from the UK believe this can be done without compromising structural integrity

Heritage: Experts from the United Kingdom said that the rare and precious mural painting on the walls of Tango monastery could be saved without much disturbance to the structure.

David Michelmore, director of a consultancy for conservation and development, based in the UK, and professor David Park, director of the wall painting conservation department of the Courtauld Institute in the UK, and [... Read More]

Picture story

Hollowed out: A 45-year-old kadam chorten (stupa) in Dawakha, Paro was vandalised and robbed of its relics on June 23 night. The chorten was constructed in the memory of late Dogar Lopen. Holy books, six silver water bowls and some coins that belonged to the late Dogar Lopen were left near the vandalised chorten. Paro police, gewog officials and locals have dismantled the [... Read More]

What MPs are getting …

… is nothing compared to what the others are taking home, according to members of parliament

Salary: Members of parliament, who have been receiving flak for deliberating their salary revision, argue that, compared to the ministers, constitutional post holders and Cabinet secretary, they are the ones who are taking home the least revised salaries.

Starting July 1, MPs will be taking home Nu 10,388 more, which is an increase of 19 percent on their existing [... Read More]

Govt. defends pay rise for civil servants

revisionComparison of Pay Scale, Gross Pay and Take Home Pay from Existing

Revision: The salary revision proposed by the government for civil servants is better than the one the pay commission recommended, according to Finance Minister Namgay Dorji.

Justifying the revision, lyonpo Namgay Dorji said the government recommended for a higher take-home pay to the civil servants than that proposed by the second pay commission, which actually would make a difference for the civil servants.

While the take-home pay for the highest civil servant in the executive [... Read More]

ACC suspends Gelephu dungpa

Corruption: The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday issued a suspension order to the Gelephu dungpa, who is alleged to have siphoned Nu 10.637M, a fund generated from Gelephu’s Losel Cinema hall.

An official from ACC said a letter has ben sent to the parent organisation to suspend dungpa Pema Wangdi as the investigation on the alleged corruption and embezzlement complaints lodged against him is not yet completed.

The suspension order, ACC officials said, was issued [... Read More]

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