Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - 6:44 PM

PM’s report, nothing more than a blue print: Opposition

They describe his report, more or less, as old wine in a new bottle

Report: The Prime Minister’s report on the state of the nation was ‘removed from the reality on the ground and nothing more but a blueprint,’ members of the opposition say.

However, members of the opposition said they were happy that Gross National Happiness and ‘self-reliance” were back on the agenda of the government.

Opposition leader, (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho, said the Prime Minister’s [... Read More]

National Council defers salary hike

Will take effect only after fiscal measures are implemented

Revision: In a dramatic twist to the pay revision saga, National Council (NC) members are refusing to accept the revised salary until such time as the government implements the expenditure rationalisation identified by the government.

The revised pay will come into effect from next month.

The council’s chairperson, Dasho (Dr) Sonam Kinga, tweeted last evening, “NC decided to abide by their recommendation on pay revision and defer [... Read More]

Picture story

Gyalyong Tshokhang: His Majesty the King graced the closing ceremony of the third session of the second Parliament yesterday


Nganglam town water contaminated

photo1Not drinkable: All samples were found contaminated

Lab tests of blood samples have tested positive for scrubtyphus, a tick-borne disease

Pollution: Almost all of Nganglam town’s water sources have been found contaminated and not safe for drinking.

This was found during a thorough inspection by basic health unit (BHU) staff, along with the dzongkhag health officials, after a number of residents, including students, suffered from symptoms of waterborne diseases a few weeks back.

Pemagatshel’s assistant dzongkhag health officer (ADHO), Jigme Kezang, over a [... Read More]

Footing the (pay revision) bill

Internal revenue is the only likely but limited source to finance the proposed hike

Salaries: The pay revision endorsed by the National Assembly recently will have to be financed through domestic revenue.

Fiscal spaces, such as withdrawal of pool vehicles and monetising the tax-free vehicle quota, were just other options for additional sources, according to the finance minister Namgay Dorji.

The Pay Commission identified withdrawal of government pool vehicles, capping in-country travel expenses at 15 percent [... Read More]

Three out of five fire victims compensated

Of the two unpaid, one was not insured and the other’s claims are not acceptable

Update: Of the five building owners, whose houses were damaged in the fire incident in April, three have received insurance of about Nu 1.4M.

Of the other two, one had not been insured, while for the other, the insurance company, the Royal Insurance corporation of Bhutan limited (RICBL), and the owner have not been able to come to a consensus [... Read More]


Why wait for Reading Year to start reading?

The prime minister, in his state of the nation report, declared 2015 as the Reading Year.  It is one the best news from Parliament in recent days.

It is also a news that almost every Bhutanese citizen would welcome, although  they may not  be practicing it.

Reading is important, perhaps more important than pay raise and taxes, for it focuses on more than just deficiency among Bhutanese.  The benefits of reading are many.  It exercises the mind, [... Read More]

Cabbies not yet sold on electric alternative

TaxiThere are 2,600 taxis in the capital

The general feeling is that some sort of a trial run should precede any mass replacement

E-Taxis: The government’s plan to replace half the taxis in Thimphu city with electric cabs has created a furore among taxi drivers.

In his state of the nation’s report, Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay said that the only way to reduce fuel imports, which has put pressure on the rupee reserve, was by reducing the number of fuel-driven vehicles and replacing [... Read More]

Working committee to tackle gungtong issue

IMG_2773Project gungtong: DT chairpersons agreed to submit vacant household list by August

DT chairpersons, at a recent workshop, decided that it was imperative to reverse the trend

Gungtong: To tackle rising incidents of gungtong (vacant households) across the country, a working committee will be formed soon.

This was decided during a workshop on implications of gungtong on local governance recently.  Chairperson of all dzongkhag tshogdus (DT) attended the workshop and decided it was important to tackle the issues, especially in districts in the east like Pemagatshel, Trashigang [... Read More]

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