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Pay dancers well to keep tshechu going

DSA: Local leaders in Zhemgang want the existing daily subsistence allowance (DSA) for mask and folklore dancers revised, keeping in mind the declining number of dancers at local festivals.

Today, 12 folklore and 33 mask dancers in the dzongkhag, mostly villagers, are paid Nu 150 per day.  The dance troupe leaders, like the dhodham (captain), champoen and chamju (lead mask dancers), tsepem (lead singer) are paid Nu 200 per day.  They are also paid [... Read More]

Mother who abandoned newborn arrested

Update: The mother who had abandoned her newborn baby in Trashigang has confessed to the crime and would be booked under section 215 of the Penal Code of Bhutan, 2004 (PCB).

Police said the offence of abandonment of an infant is a misdemeanor with a prison term of less than three years and minimum of one year. Section 215 of the Penal Code 2004 states a defendant shall be guilty of the offense of [... Read More]

The five jewels of economy – The dzongda’s role

DSC_9467Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and cabinet ministers with the 20 dzongdas at the convention centre, Thimphu yesterday

Conference: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay asked the dzongdas to focus on how they can improve and develop the dzongkhag economy by framing economic developmental plans and policies yesterday at the 21st annual dzongda conference.

This, lyonchhoen said, was important to develop the economy and it could be done by exploring the potentials of each dzongkhag under the five jewels of economy.

Repeating what he stated in the state of the nation report, he talked about [... Read More]

Villagers to seek intervention from dzongkhag

GC Road: Members of more than hundred households of Chali and Chulabi chiwogs will soon submit a letter to the Mongar dzongkhag administration to intervene in the decisions gewog officials took regarding development activities without consulting the people.

The people said gewog officials take unilateral decisions and that the recent decision to hand over their gewog road to the department of road was against the people’s will.  On August 10, they gathered at Chali [... Read More]

Malpractice cloud over Kalimpong college examination

The misconduct may necessitate a re-examination after the semester break

BMC: Bhutanese students studying in BB Pradhan Management College (BMC) in Kalimpong, India, who are currently on semester break after examinations, may have to reappear them on return.

The Sikkim Manipal University, to which the college is affiliated, sent a notification to BMC management, asking the college to conduct the examinations again.

The college’s proprietor, Prakash Mani Pradhan, confirmed the notification from the university.

“Some students had [... Read More]

Need for an internal audit bureau

Training: There is a need for an internal audit bureau or a separate department for internal audit under finance ministry, to gain foothold and make a difference, internal auditors say.

Coordination between managements, internal auditors said, for whom they are working is poor and heads of ministries and districts were not supportive of what internal auditors do.

The issue was raised during a 10-day pilot auditing training for internal auditors that started yesterday in the [... Read More]

Picture story

New Zealand’s foreign minister Murray McCully, called on Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay yesterday in Thimphu. Mr McCully is the first serving minister from New Zealand to visit Bhutan.



The drug blight

The Royal Bhutan Police is appealing to the public and youth to refrain from abusing drugs and getting involved in illegal drug business.  Starting from the capital, they will travel across the country making the same appeal.

This move speaks volumes of the problems of drugs and controlled substances in the country.  Records with police show that, in less than eight months, 562 people were arrested, either for possession or illegal transaction of banned substances.  What [... Read More]

Bird strike causes Drukair emergency landing in Dhaka

Eight fan blades had to replaced and the flight was delayed by four hours

KB 126: A Drukair flight with more than a hundred passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing in Dhaka, Bangladesh after suffering a bird strike.

Flight KB 126, to Bangkok via Dhaka, struck a bird on take off causing significant damage to its starboard or right side engine.

Following standard procedures for such incidents, the aircraft returned to Hazrat [... Read More]

Economic climate casts a pall over employment opportunities

The slack created by the lowered civil service intake can’t be taken up by the private sector

Jobs: If the drop in civil service vacancies is a bummer for university graduates, openings in the private or corporate sectors are no better.

This year, the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) announced 436 vacancies in the civil service, which is 68 less than last year.

About 3,254 university graduates appeared for the preliminary examinations this year, which means [... Read More]

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