Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 2:40 PM

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck launched the e-learning course for the justices and judges of judiciary and parliamentarians at the Royal Institute of Management on June 21. In line with the second strategic objective of National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Strategy, NIACS, (Raise Awareness and Foster Integrity Education), Anti Corruption Commission in collaboration with the Royal Court of Justice, National Assembly of [... Read More]

Pros and cons of housing allowance

NHDC: Civil servants in the lower income group planning to rent a National Housing Development corporation (NHDC) quarter might have better chances of winning one soon.

Civil servant couples currently occupying NHDC quarters in Thimphu have started calculating, if the 20 percent housing rental allowance (HRA) the government recently declared will either benefit or hurt them.

If the housing allowance of a civil servant couple together comes to more than the rent they are paying [... Read More]

Revenue growth of 8 percent recorded

SoE: Despite the economy not doing well, state-owned enterprises (SOE), excluding Druk Holdings and Investments (DHI), registered an 8 percent growth in revenue and 9 percent pre-tax profit.

This resulted in increased tax revenue and dividend earning for the government by 10 percent in 2013 compared with 2012.

In 2013, SOEs contributed about 43 percent of the total domestic revenue of Nu 21.1B.  They contributed Nu 8.9B, of which Nu 5.4B was in the form [... Read More]


What about the rest?

Whether it’s less or more, the civil servant salary revision has been approved.  The next pay package will come with a 20 percent housing allowance, and a little more on the basic pay.

A government salary revision is closely followed.  As is the trend, we can prepare for insatiable landlords and eager shopkeepers to ride on the revision by increasing house rent or cost of essentials, if they have not already done so.

In Bhutan, although our [... Read More]

Paying for spilt blood, as it were, with water

pic2Tajuthang farmers were the last ones to finish paddy transplantation last week

For over three generations, Wangthangkha has had to wait for Khangkhu to finish transplanting first

Irrigation: Each summer, when it is time to transplant paddy, farmers of Wangthangkha, under Wangchang gewog, Paro, have to wait for their neighbouring village Khangkhu to finish.  Only then can they start transplanting.

Despite an abundance of water for irrigation, farmers of Khangkhu have the right to use it first.

This has been a custom, followed for over three generations now.  [... Read More]

Gelephu dungpa released

Update: The Gelephu dungpa who was detained by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) since June 13, was released on the night of June 20.

Kuensel learnt that the dungpa was released after ACC completed their investigation.

As per the norms of ACC, dungpa Pema Wangdi was detained while ACC investigated the alleged corruption and embezzlement complaints lodged against him.

It was learnt that dungpa had identified a private lawyer, who will represent him in court.

The Gelephu dungpa [... Read More]

Operation ‘Preserve Pelingtsho’ to start

IMG_0512Peling Tsho is the water source for three chiwogs in Decheling

Now that the land replacement has been done, work on the water body may begin

Lake: With land substitution recently completed, Decheling gewog officials in Pemagatshel are now left to start work on conserving the drying Pelingtsho (lake) in the gewog.

The next move has left villagers brimming with excitement because it will address their decade old problem of water shortage.  Decheling gewog’s mangmi Ugyen Thinley said 43 landowners, whose lands fell near the lake, [... Read More]

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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.


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