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Vehicle accident kills one

Chuzom: A 75-year old woman died on the way to Thimphu referral hospital, after she was hit by a vehicle en route to Thimphu from Gedu on September 17 around 11am.

The accident occurred about four kilometres away from Chuzom towards Thimphu.

The vehicle, driven by a 33-year old corporate employee, veered off the road after hitting the woman, according to traffic police.

Police said there were three passengers in the vehicle who were the driver’s [... Read More]

Timber exploitation too high

IMG_5673Piles of timber at the Ramtokto depot, Thimphu

Foresters fear, at current rates, the green cover mandated by the Constitution could be irreparably depleted

Forestry: If the country harvested timber like it did in the last five years, the country would go barren, forestry officials warn.

In the past five years, almost 40m cubic feet (cft) of timber, equivalent to about 80,000 truckloads, have been used in the country for various construction works.  Data available with the forestry officials indicate that current estimates [... Read More]

RCSC amends in-service bachelor’s degree programme rules

Circular: Civil servants pursuing undergraduate degree programmes will have to do so without pay, and their job will not be protected either.  Upon completion of the programme, there will be no automatic enhancement of position level.

Having amended the Bhutan Civil Service Rules 2012, pertaining to in-service bachelor’s degree, a circular was sent out to various agencies and departments by the Royal Civil Service Commission on September 12.

The amendments will come into effect from [... Read More]

New office building lies unused for months

DSC_1025The construction of the new office building for the area office of geology and mines in Samtse was completed about seven months ago

No furniture budget until now has stymied a move from the current adjacent premises

DGM: Seven months after a Nu10M three-storey building for the department of geology and mines (DGM) area office in Samtse was completed and handed over, it remains vacant.

Some parts of the building have even started to crumble.

The building, located at Gurung Basti in Samtse, was constructed at a cost of more than Nu 10M, according to DGM officials.

The DGM office [... Read More]

OAG takes former land commission official to court

Fraud: A former National Land Commission (NLC) official, accused of colluding with Chang Ugyen in the alleged land fraud case, has appealed to Thimphu district court to summon all land record officers and clerks, who worked with him, in a bid to find who manipulated the thram in question.

The former NLC official, Sonam Norbu, made the appeal to the court’s bench four during his rebuttal yesterday.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has [... Read More]

Picture story

The Consul General of Bhutan Karma Tsering Namgyal called on the chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi at his residence on September 15. The Consul General will be meeting some of the top bureaucrats in Assam including the chief secretary, home secretary and director general of Assam police to discuss issues of mutual interest and to enhance relations. The Consul General will [... Read More]


An idea whose time has gone?

When the in-service bachelor’s degree programme was initiated by the Royal Civil Service Commission, it was welcomed and appreciated by all.

It acknowledged the need for employees to upgrade their education for career enhancement and professionalism.  That good move, however, over recent years, has proved to be a challenge and has gained criticism.

Firstly, offices in various ministries were faced with a human resource challenge.  This affected service delivery or work output and achievement.

Secondly, the performance of [... Read More]

Dungsum Polymers yet to maximise production

DSC_5785Underproduction: DPL has been able to utilise only about 35 percent of its production capacity of 100,000 plastic polythene bags a day

There has however been a rise from 20 percent of total capacity in 2012 to 35 percent now

Industry: Dungsam Polymers limited (DPL) in Nganglam, Pemagatshel, has so far been able to utilise only about 35 percent of its production capacity of 100,000 plastic polythene bags a day.

This, company officials said, had picked up from the 20 percent utilisation of production capacity in 2012, after it went operational in March, the same year.  Business, [... Read More]

Potatoes fetch premium prices

DSC05945Hard work : Farmers ferry potatoes to the storage room

Phobjikha farmers are encouraged by the initial high returns for their produce 

Auction: Potato-growing communities of Phobjikha valley, Wangduephodrang, have begun transporting their main cash crop to the Food Corporation of Bhutan’s (FCB) auction yard in Phuentsholing.

With the crop fetching twice what they earned last year, farmers are happy.  Some are still harvesting the rest of their yield after which it will be sorted, graded and packed to be taken to Phuentsholing.

Almost all farmers [... Read More]

Labourers build school unsupervised

unnamed-3Dzongkhag officials examine raw materials during a surprise quality check

Construction of Mendrelgang PS suspended following quality surprise check

Monitoring: The Tsirang dzongkhag quality assessment and monitoring team has suspended the construction of Mendrelgang primary school after it found, among others, only labourers involved in building the school.

The contract to build the school was awarded two months ago.

Nu 5.8M has been allocated to construct the primary school.

The quality monitoring and assessment is conducted by a team of dzongkhag officials every month.

The team suspended construction [... Read More]

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