Certain commercial aspects of the concession agreement may be found unacceptable
Report: Even as issues over legality of the Education City land awaits resolution, its detailed project report (DPR) revealed some new proposals that might exacerbate issues pertaining to the project.
The project report, which is with the Bhutan Education City secretariat for approval, contains luxury homes and villas to be taken up by developers as part of the project’s non-core infrastructure.
While one of the [... Read More]
Development partners and international donors released Nu 7.6B so far
Q-Hour: The country will receive Nu 71B as grant from development partners and international organisations in the 11th Plan.
Of them all, India committed the highest amount of Nu 50B – Nu 28B under project tied grant, Nu 8.5B as grants for medium programs and another Nu 8.5B as small development grants, besides the economic stimulus plan of Nu 5B.
As of December 2013, Prime Minister [... Read More]
Court: Gelephu dungkhag court officials weren’t convinced with the evidence produced for the tokay gecko case, during the cross-examination of witnesses held on January 22.
The first witness, forest range officials produced, was a policeman on duty at the dungpa’s residence. He submitted to the court that he took photographs, as insisted by the then administrative assistant of the dungkhag. However, the witness said he couldn’t make out what it was, as it was [... Read More]
The party questions safety and transparency in choosing the firm
Google: Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has objected to and cautioned the government that its decision to adopt Google Apps may compromise the country’s data sovereignty.
The government is scheduled to adopt a customised version of Google Apps as part of an effort to increase the efficiency of the bureaucracy and decrease paper use, on January 30.
Google Apps is a product of American multinational Google Inc., [... Read More]
Following several studies and much discussion, a longstanding piece of legislation will at last be tabled
Parliament: One Bill that was much anticipated, that of local government’s entitlement, will finally enter Parliament this session.
Although not reflected in the agenda, a “relevant” committee with the National Assembly will take up the Bill to work on it for extensive deliberation in the next session.
Home minister Damcho Dorji said the government is introducing the Bill this time, [... Read More]
Call it the need of the hour or a populist decision; there is some progress in the proposed Local Government Entitlement Bill.
The bill was not even on the agenda, but the National Assembly will take it up this session, so it could be deliberated on in the next session, or perhaps enacted in the summer session.
Notwithstanding the reasons, an entitlement bill is long overdue, considering the importance of elected leaders at the local level.
The need [... Read More]
The education minister is banking on the forthcoming HR policy to reverse the trend
NC Q-Hour: While the ministry has been trying to come up with plans and incentives to dissuade teachers from leaving the profession, the number has been ever increasing.
Education minister Mingbo Drukpa said the increasing number of teachers resigning from the profession indicated a serious problem with the ministry or its system.
Responding to a question the National Council put forward yesterday, [... Read More]
Now that the last hearings are done, Mongar district court will end proceedings this month
Gyalpoizhing: With all hearings completed for people involved in the Gyalpoizhing land case, Mongar district court hopes to pass a verdict and close the case by this month.
Court officials said they plan to complete all land restitution cases, and two other land allotment committee members’ judgments this month.
Of the 75 land restitution cases, the court to date has passed [... Read More]
The MoWHS minister, though, did present, in this session, six areas of amendment needed
Parliament: After much hype and expectation that the Tenancy Act, 2004 would be amended at the ongoing parliament session, the house yesterday resolved to amend the Act in the next session.
Following the resolution of the first session of the second parliament that the ministry consult the public and present its report in this session, the works and human settlement minister [... Read More]