Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 - 8:58 AM

An eventful year ahead

A series of events are planned to celebrate His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s 60th birth anniversary 

2015: Next year would be an eventful year. The government has declared it as the National Reading Year, Visit Bhutan Year to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo besides hosting an international conference on Gross National Happiness.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, at the joint sitting yesterday, said the country would hold a [... Read More]

Dry days – A rule observed mainly in the breach

A study of Thimphu licensed establishments finds them in violation of most regulations

Alcohol: Almost 60 percent of the bars in Thimphu sell liquor on Tuesdays, a dry day, when sale of liquor is prohibited, despite owners being aware of it.

This was one of the findings of the study on promotion of responsible alcohol sale service among licensed establishments, the mental health program and Royal Institute of Health Sciences conducted.

The findings of the study titled, [... Read More]

One promise too many

The PM has conceded that the party pledge to do away with prelims cannot be met

RCSC: Sonam Zangmo, 24, was not disappointed as much when she did not clear the preliminary exam last year.  The government’s pledge to lift it this year kept her hopes of becoming a civil servant alive.

But the news yesterday from the prime minister, she said, made her feel deceived.

“We were misled with unachievable promise,” she said.

The prime minister, [... Read More]


An honourable exit policy?

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has set a fine example by refusing to accept the revised salary, which the National Assembly recently endorsed.

The National Assembly has come under severe criticism for endorsing the salary revision, with members of the parliament and ministers benefitting the most from the current revision.

Calling it too high, and saying that the country couldn’t afford such a revision, lyonchhoen said his conscience would not allow him to accept it.  Rather lyonchhoen announced, [... Read More]

Bhutan: 16th most peaceful country in the world

Jumped 91 places in two years on the index

Ranking: Bhutan has been ranked the 16th most peaceful country in the world in the latest Global Peace Index (GPI), an improvement of 91 places since 2012.

A total of 162 countries were ranked.

The Institute for Economics and Peace, a global think tank attempting to build greater understanding of the relationship between economics, business, and peace produces the GPI. The GPI is collated and calculated by [... Read More]

Picture story

His Holiness the Je Khenpo, who is presiding over the seven-day Moenlam Chhenmo (Great Prayer ceremony) in Haa, conferred ceremonial scarves to Khenpo Karma Rangdrol and Lopon Karma Gellay appointing them as the Lam Neten of Trashigang and Zhemgang Rabdey dratshangs respectively yesterday morning. Khenpo Karma Rangdrol is the principal of Kanglung Sheydra while Zhemgang’s new Lam Neten Karma Gellay was the teacher [... Read More]

Further delay in construction of staff residence at Rinchengang

IMG_2045Ongoing construction site at Rinchengang

Sponsored by PHPA I and started in May 2011, completion has been a long time coming

Bajo: Construction of the health staff residence at Rinchengang in Wangduephodrang, taken up to facilitate service delivery to the burgeoning population, has been delayed again.

Since work at the hydropower projects started, the number of patients visiting Bajo hospital increased from less than 60 a day to more than 350 a day.

The Nu 170M, 69-unit staff residence will provide [... Read More]

Dealing with the absentee landlord problem

IMG_2763Discourse: Local leaders discuss gungtongs

A workshop for DT chairpersons is being held to thrash out the issue

Gungtongs: With gungtong (empty households) a reality in most villages in the country, local leaders say it impedes tax collection and affects economic and developments activities of the communities.

Gungtong is the registered household left unoccupied for a certain period of time.

In a workshop which ended yesterday in Bumthang on implication of gugntongs on local governance and recommendations of policy and measures, [... Read More]

KR-II grant to cease from next year

Bhutan has received Nu 1.7B since 1984 under the ‘food security for underprivileged farmers’ program

Japan: Japan will discontinue its KR-II grants to Bhutan from next year.

Bhutan has been getting KR-II grants since 1984 under the ‘food security for underprivileged farmers’ program, and has so far received Nu 1.7B under this development assistance.  It received Nu 68M in the present and last KR-II grant.

The KR-II makes machinery and other equipment available to farmers to [... Read More]

Vehicle ban lifted from July 1, new taxes levied

Import: It’s final.  Vehicle ban will be lifted from July 1, but the move comes with a revised vehicle tax.

The National Assembly (NA) endorsed the tax revision without much changes from its earlier resolution on the tax Bill.  This means, the National Council’s (NC) recommendations were again rejected.

Besides recommending a minimum customs duty and sales tax be levied on electric cars, NC had also recommended to impose green tax on electric cars, because [... Read More]

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